Making Memory Matter
Strategies of Remembrance in Contemporary Art New edition
By (author) Lisa Saltzman
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Making Memory Matter by Lisa Saltzman
Book DescriptionIn an ancient account of painting s origins, a woman traces the shadow of her departing lover on the wall in an act that anticipates future grief and commemoration. Lisa Saltzman shows here that nearly two thousand years after this story was first told, contemporary artists are returning to similar strategies of remembrance, ranging from vaudevillian silhouettes and sepulchral casts to incinerated architectures and ghostly processions. Exploring these artists work, Saltzman demonstrates that their methods have now eclipsed painting and traditional sculpture as preeminent forms of visual representation. She pays particular attention to the groundbreaking art of Krzysztof Wodiczko, who is known for his projections of historical subjects; Kara Walker, who creates powerful silhouetted images of racial violence in American history; and Rachel Whiteread, whose work centers on making casts of empty interior spaces. Each of the artists Saltzman discusses is struggling with the roles that history and memory have come to play in an age when any historical statement is subject to question and doubt. In identifying this new and powerful movement, she provides a framework for understanding the art of our time. "
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226734088
(227mm x 157mm x 8mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 13-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Lisa Saltzman
Daguerreotypes, Hardback (July 2015)
In the digital age, photography confronts its future under the competing signs of ubiquity and obsolescence. By examining the medium as articulated in literature, film, and the graphic novel, this book demonstrates how photography secures identity for figures with an unstable sense of self.
From the Margins, Paperback (September 2014)
An important reexamination of two artists whose crucial participation in the Abstract Expressionist movement is often overlooked
Krzysztof Wodiczko, Hardback (February 2011)» View all books by Lisa Saltzman
Krzysztof Wodiczko is the first complete collection of the politically charged installations and projects of internationally renowned artist, Krzysztof Wodiczko.
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Author Biography - Lisa Saltzman
Lisa Saltzman is associate professor of art history at Bryn Mawr College. She is the author of "Anselm Kiefer and Art after Auschwitz" and a coeditor of "Trauma and Visuality in Modernity." "
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