"In her diverse work, be it photography, installation, performance, video, critical writing or fiction, Martha Rosler constructs incisive social political analyses of the myths and realities of a patriarchal culture.
Author: Martha Rosler
Publisher: Mit Press
"I want to make art about the commonplace, art that illumines social life. I want to enlist art to question the mythical explanations of everyday life that take shape as an optimistic rationalism and to explore the relationships between individual consciousness, family life, and the culture of monopoly capitalism." Since the late 1960s, American artist Martha Rosler has produced seminal works in the fields of photography, performance, video, installation, critical writing, and theory. Committed to an art that engages a public beyond the confines of the art world, Rosler investigates how socioeconomic realities and political ideologies dominate ordinary life. Her astute critical analyses are often cloaked in deadpan wit. This book, which accompanies the first retrospective exhibition of Rosler's work, contains seven color photo essays by Rosler; an excerpt from the curatorial project "If You Lived Here"; essays by Alexander Alberro, Catherine de Zegher, Sylvia Eiblmayr, Jodi Hauptman, and Annette Michelson; a conversation between Rosler and Benjamin Buchloh; and a biography/bibliography along with a complete list of art works. EXHIBITION SCHEDULE: Ikon Gallery Birmingham, UK December 1998 - January 1999 Nouveau Musee Villeurbanne, France January 1999 - February 1999 Generali Foundation Vienna, Austria May 1999 - August 1999 MACBA Barcelona, Spain Fall 1999 The New Museum New York City Spring 2000
Many of the essays in this volume have had a similarly wide-ranging influence; others are published here for the first time. Illustrating the essays are 81 images by Rosler and other artists and photographers.
Author: Martha Rosler
Publisher: MIT Press
Category: Social Science
Decoys and Disruptions is the first comprehensive collection of writings by American artist and critic Martha Rosler. Best known for her videos and photography, Rosler has also been an original and influential cultural critic and theorist for over twenty-five years. The writings collected here address such key topics as documentary photography, feminist art, video, government patronage of the arts, censorship, and the future of digitally based photographic media. Taken together, these thirteen essays not only show Rosler's importance as a critic but also offer an essential resource for readers interested in the issues confronting contemporary art. The essays in this collection illustrate Rosler's ongoing investigation into means of exposing truth and provoking change, providing a retrospective of characteristic issues in her work. Mixing analysis and wit, Rosler challenges many of the fundamental precepts of contemporary art practice. Her influential essay "In, around, and afterthoughts: on documentary photography" almost single-handedly dismantled the myth of liberal documentary photography when it appeared. Many of the essays in this volume have had a similarly wide-ranging influence; others are published here for the first time. Illustrating the essays are 81 images by Rosler and other artists and photographers.
American Martha Rosler is one of the most politically motivated artists of her generation.
Author: Martha Rosler
Publisher: Hatje Cantz Verlag
American Martha Rosler is one of the most politically motivated artists of her generation. Through her art she interrogates moral and political ideology and encourages social activism. Most of the encounters that unfold in Rosler's works originate in seemingly ordinary everday scenes of domestic life, such as shopping, watching the news, reading the newspaper, travelling. Her photographs shed light on the many ways in which these routines are governed by social norms. Many of the pieces are working agit-prop never intended for the museum but circulated through left wing papers, magazines, anti-war journals and poster campaigns. The 'best means to communicate the message' being the preference. Rosler also produces hilarious anti-TV video productions that satirise and denounce capitalism and all its effects.
"Martha Rosler traces the ways in which art draws its meaning from within its social and political frameworks. The book's two artworks and a related essay exemplify and investigate the social embeddedness of art.
Author: Martha Rosler
Publisher: Halifax, N.S. : Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
"Martha Rosler traces the ways in which art draws its meaning from within its social and political frameworks. The book's two artworks and a related essay exemplify and investigate the social embeddedness of art. They suggest how changing times and changing circumstances affect not only the form and meaning of photography but also its effects on its audience ... The artwork, 'The restoration of high culture in chile' (1977) is a photo and text work that, in fictionalized form, examines the various degrees of political anaesthesia and moral corruption implied by a successful adaptation to unquestioned and abstract notions of high culture ... The photo-and-text work 'The Bowery in two inadequate descriptive systems' (1974-1975) throws into question the ability of contemporary urban photography to continue the historical potential of social documentary photography. Its accompanying work, 'In, around, and afterthoughts,' written especially for the first edition of 3 works, is a fully developed critical essay in which this question is explored more systematically"--Publisher's website, viewed on March 13, 2015.
157 B.H.D. Buchloh, 'A Conversation with Martha Rosler', op. cit., p.33. 158 Ibid.,
p.44. 159 J. Weinstock, 'Interview with Martha Rosler', op. cit., p.86. 160 The 2006
reprint of 3 Works does not contain page numbers on the two white sheets of ...
Author: Steve Edwards
Publisher: MIT Press
The first sustained critical examination of a work by Martha Rosler that bridged the concerns of conceptual art with those of political documentary. In The Bowery in two inadequate descriptive systems (1974–1975) Martha Rosler bridged the concerns of conceptual art with those of political documentary. The work, a series of twenty-one black-and-white photographs, twenty-four text panels and three blank panels, embraces the codes of the photo-text experiments of the late 1960s and applies them to the social reality of New York's Lower East Side. The prevailing critical view of The Bowery focuses on its implicit rejection, or critique, of established modes of documentary. In this illustrated, extended essay on the work by Rosler, Steve Edwards argues that although the critical attitude towards documentary is an important dimension of the piece, it does not exhaust the meaning of the project. Edwards situates the work in relation to debates and practices of the period, especially conceptual art and the emergence of the photo-text paradigm exemplified by the work of Robert Smithson, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Hans Haacke, Victor Burgin, and the Women and Work group. In particular, he contextualizes Rosler's work of this period within the politicized San Diego group (which included, in addition to Rosler, Allan Sekula, Fred Lonidier, and Philip Steinmetz). Comparing The Bowery to Rosler's later video vital statistics of a citizen, simply obtained (1977) and the films of the Dziga-Vertov Group (formed by Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin), Edwards shows how the work engages with conceptual art and the neo-avant-garde of the 1960s and 1970s.
A feisty conversation between Paul Chan and Martha Rosler on different strategies and positions of art making in relation to social and political engagement, as well as discussions on boredom, bodily suffering, Bertolt Brecht, Chris Marker, ...
Author: Paul Chan
A feisty conversation between Paul Chan and Martha Rosler on different strategies and positions of art making in relation to social and political engagement, as well as discussions on boredom, bodily suffering, Bertolt Brecht, Chris Marker, and The Passion of The Christ.14 color reproductions.
In the early 1970s, in the midst of a body of work linking cuisine, cooking, women, labor, imperialism, and even photography, Martha Rosler wrote The Art of Cooking, a mock dialogue between Julia Child, the pioneer television chef schooling ...
Author: Martha Rosler
Publisher: E-Flux Classics
In the early 1970s, in the midst of a body of work linking cuisine, cooking, women, labor, imperialism, and even photography, Martha Rosler wrote The Art of Cooking, a mock dialogue between Julia Child, the pioneer television chef schooling Americans in how to produce haute cuisine at home, and then New York Times restaurant critic Craig Claiborne. Here published in full for the first time, The Art of Cooking consists in large part of quotations from books on cuisine and cooking from various eras redirected toward a discussion of the role of taste in art. In its focus on the figure of the housewifely woman cooking for TV, The Art of Cooking brings to mind Rosler's celebrated video Semiotics of the Kitchen (1975). But like her 1977 video Losing: A Conversation with the Parents, this conversation is an absurdist reimagining of the confrontation between male and female discursive strategies and subject positions, centering on and departing from cultural uses of food. It is also a further chapter in her challenge to (Kantian-derived) Modernist notions of separation and her interrogation of hierarchies of taste and value, especially in relation to art--a sequence that included Monumental Garage Sale of 1973. In each case, feminism and performance are fused with conceptual art strategies and neo-avantgardist aims of bridging the boundaries between art and everyday life. Written when cooking and cuisine were first being marketed as a social good and a cultural necessity to educated housewives and well-heeled diners alike, The Art of Cooking reflects the rapid rise in sales of cookbooks lavishly illustrated with newly perfected color printing. These blockbusters touted regional and national cuisines to provide a freshly affluent middle class with an aspirational cosmopolitanism often expressed only as a kind of armchair tourism. In the current moment of renewed food fixations and fetishisms, and the widening cult of celebrity chefs, while culinary selections are threatening to displace most other aesthetic choices, The Art of Cooking provides a sideways glance at the rhetorics brought to bear on these adventures in production, consumption, and daily life.
reForm documents the creative process of artist Pep n Osorio as he translates the closure of Fairhill Elementary School, Philadelphia into a moving installation that honours the history of this school through collaborations with the many ...
Author: Amalia Mesa-Bains
Category: School closings
reForm documents the creative process of artist Pep�n Osorio as he translates the closure of Fairhill Elementary School, Philadelphia into a moving installation that honours the history of this school through collaborations with the many generations of students who were taught there.This beautiful artist's book is a limited edition letter-pressed facsimile of Osorio's sensitively created, hand-written homage to the school pupils' classroom exercise books.Fairhill Elementary was one of 23 schools that the Philadelphia Public School District closed in 2013. These closures follow a pattern of systemic disinvestment in low-income communities of colour across the United States.Osorio's multi-media immersive installation was built with objects salvaged from the closed school including books, furniture, and fixtures such as trophy cases that signify the shared history of this proud Latino community in North Philadelphia.Featuring new writings from authors including revered American artist, Martha Rosler, and Nato Thompson, Chief Curator at the New York-based public arts institution Creative Time.reForm was commissioned by Temple Contemporary at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, USA and was published on the occasion of the exhibition reform which was installed at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, USA from August 30, 2015 - May 20 2016.