This Reader, a companion volume to the Uncertain States of America exhibition catalogue, began last year when the exhibition's curators met with artists in their studios. What were the artists reading? What articles, books, reviews – and, they soon discovered, cartoons, cookbooks, memoirs and film scripts – were influencing their practices? This volume includes a synthesis of the artist's nominations and intensive research into significant recent writings both by American artists and about artistic practice and cultural politics in the United States today. Keeping with the theme of the exhibition, emphasis has been placed on identifying 'young', 'emerging' writers, though salient pieces by a comparatively older generation and by those who reside outside of America are also included.
Includes contributions from:
John Bowe, Marisa Bowe and Sabin Streeter
Pamela M Lee
Johanna Burton and Isabelle Graw
Critical Art Ensemble
Iain Boal, TJ Clark, Joseph Matthews and
Michael Watts (Retort)
Present version published Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo and Serpentine Gallery, London; a second extended version of this Reader will be published by the Sternberg Press, New York / Berlin, in December 2006.