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Theories and documents of contemporary art: a sourcebook of artists' writings

Theories and documents of contemporary art: a sourcebook of artists' writings

Selz, Peter Howard, 1919-; Stiles, Kristine

The writings collected in this book, which take the form of artists' statements, interviews, and essays, make vivid each artist's aesthetic approach to capture the flavour and intent of his or her work. The internationalism evident in this edition reflects the growing interest in the vitality of contemporary art

Paperback, Hardback, Book. English.
2nd ed., rev. and expanded.
Published Berkeley, Calif.; London: University of California Press, c2012
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Statement of responsibility: [edited by] Kristine Stiles and Peter Selz
Edition statement: by Kristine Stiles.
ISBN: 0520253744, 0520257189, 9780520253742, 9780520257184
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: "Ahmansan Murphy fine arts imprint."
Physical Description: xxii, 1141 p. : ill., ports. ; 26 cm.
Subject: Art, Modern 20th century.; Art and Design.; Modern art; Installation art; Performance art; Art, Modern 21st century.; Interviews


  1. Preface to the Second Edition
  2. Preface to the First Edition
  3. General Introduction to the Second Edition (Kristine Stiles)
  4. 1. Gestural Abstraction
  5. 2. Geometric Abstraction
  6. 3. Figuration
  7. 4. Material Culture and Everyday Life
  8. 5. Art and Technology
  9. 6. Installations, Environments, and Sites
  10. 7. Process
  11. 8. Performance Art
  12. 9. Language and Concepts
  13. Notes
  14. Index
  15. The Bibliography may be downloaded at

Author note

Kristine Stiles is France Family Professor of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke University. She is the author of the forthcoming books Concerning Consequences of Trauma in Art and Society and Correspondence Course, An Epistolary History of Carolee Schneemann and Her Circle. Peter Selz is Professor Emeritus of Art History at the University of California, Berkeley. His many books include Art of Engagement: Visual Politics in California and Beyond (UC Press).


“Capture[s] the vitality and global tenor of the contemporary art world. . . . Indispensable for artists and art historians alike. . . . Essential.”