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Social Practices

Chris Kraus



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Semiotext (E)
05 October 2018
Theory of art
Essays on and around art and art practices by the author of I Love Dick.

A border isn't a metaphor. Knowing each other for over a decade makes us witnesses to each other's lives. My escape is his prison. We meet in a bar and smoke Marlboros. -from Social Practices Mixing biography, autobiography, fiction, criticism, and conversations among friends, with Social Practices Chris Kraus continues the anthropological exploration of artistic lives and the art world begun in 2004 with Video Green: Los Angeles Art and the Triumph of Nothingness. Social Practices includes writings from and around the legendary Chance Event-Three Days in the Desert with Jean Baudrillard (1996), and Radical Localism, an exhibition of art and media from Puerto Nuevo's Mexicali Rose that Kraus co-organized with Marco Vera and Richard Birkett in 2012. Attuned to the odd and the anomalous, Kraus profiles Elias Fontes, an Imperial Valley hay merchant who has become an important collector of contemporary Mexican art, and chronicles the demise of a rural convenience store in northern Minnesota. She considers the work of such major contemporary artists as Jason Rhoades, Channa Horowitz, Simon Denny, Yayoi Kusama, Henry Taylor, Julie Becker, Ryan McGinley, and Leigh Ledare. Although Kraus casts a skeptical eye at the genre that's come to be known as social practice, her book is less a critique than a proposition as to how art might be read through desire and circumstance, delirium, gossip, coincidence, and revenge. All art, she implies, is a social practice.
By:   Chris Kraus
Imprint:   Semiotext (E)
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   666g
ISBN:   9781635900392
ISBN 10:   1635900395
Series:   Semiotext(e) / Active Agents
Pages:   296
Publication Date:   05 October 2018
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Undergraduate ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Chris Kraus is the author of four novels, including I Love Dick and Summer of Hate; two books of art and cultural criticism; and most recently, After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography. She received the College Art Association's Frank Jewett Mather Award in Art Criticism in 2008, and a Warhol Foundation Art Writing grant in 2011. She lives in Los Angeles.

Reviews for Social Practices

Her writing is conversational yet critical, engaged yet incisive, with elements of chance, memory, and travel animating each entry. -Brooklyn Rail

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