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Afterall

Afterall is a research and publishing organization based in London. Since 1999 Afterall has produced a semiannual journal featuring the work of artists and the effect of their work on wider culture and political debate. In 2006 Afterall initiated a new project to present further research into the social and theoretical context of contemporary art practice. The concept of Afterall Books was simple but unprecedented: take one work of art by one artist and produce an essential critical guide to it. Together, these beautifully illustrated and well-produced books constitute a growing library of insights and analyses into the ideas, methods and intentions of contemporary artists.

The Little Screens

An illustrated examination of an early photo-essay by Lee Friedlander that shows television screens broadcasting eerily glowing images into unoccupied rooms.

Educational Complex

An illustrated examination of a 1995 work by Mike Kelley that marked a significant change in his work.

Deleuze Monument

An illustrated examination of one of Hirschhorn’s “precarious” monuments, now dismantled.

The Studio

An illustrated examination of Philip Guston’s comic and complex painting The Studio.

Dropout Piece

An examination of Lee Lozano’s greatest experiment in art and endurance—a major work of art that might not exist at all.

Phonokinetoscope

An examination of the complex and subtle world on display in Rodney Graham’s film of an LSD-inflected bicycle ride.

Block-Experiments in Cosmococa—Program in Progress

An illustrated study that casts a new light on Oiticica’s most important work of “quasi-cinema” on its fortieth anniversary.

Triangle

The first sustained examination of a canonical and widely exhibited work by a leading artist of the former Yugoslavia.

Infinity Mirror Room - Phalli’s Field

A study of Kusama’s era-defining work, a “sublime, miraculous field of phalluses,” against the background of abstraction, eroticism, sexuality, and softness.

Kunsthalle Bern 1992

An examination of a major 1992 installation by a pioneer of site-specific experimentation.

Rock My Religion

An illustrated exploration of a groundbreaking work and its connections to New York’s art and music scenes of the 1980s.

The Bowery in two inadequate descriptive systems

The first sustained critical examination of a work by Martha Rosler that bridged the concerns of conceptual art with those of political documentary.

One Ball Total Equilibrium Tank

An examination of a work that captures the spirit of the 1980s--commodification, seduction, and political inactivity.

Swingeing London 67 (f)

An illustrated study of Richard Hamilton’s famous Pop art painting of Mick Jagger and art dealer Robert Fraser in handcuffs.

Conical Intersect

A landmark work by Gordon Matta-Clark, examined as an “act of communication” about sustainability and the public role of art.

Picture for Women

Examining a work that marked the emergence of photography as an art made for the gallery wall instead of the printed page.

Imagevirus

An art project that spread AIDS consciousness like a virus, examined by an artist-activist.

Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman

A critical examination of Dara Birnbaum’s action-packed and riveting video of Wonder Woman’s transformations.

Étant donnés

Duchamp’s famous last artwork, seen not as a summation of his work but as an invitation to endless interpretation.

A Line Made by Walking

An illustrated study of a work that marks the transition from minimalism to a new mode of practice encompassing conceptual art, land art, and performance art.

Wavelength

An illustrated study of Michael Snow’s “zoom film,” which has become a touchstone for art and film studies.

Au Naturel

Does art have a sex? A study of Sarah Lucas’s famous assemblage of objects that suggest male and female body parts.

La Jetée

A reconsideration of Chris Marker’s famous film, examining its treatment of time, its use of sound, the influence of the comic book form, and other topics.

Cultural History 1880–1983

An illustrated study of Hanne Darboven’s masterwork, the massive Kulturgeschichte 1880-1983 (Cultural History 1880-1983).

Mappa

A study of Boetti’s 1988 work Map, a tapestry map of the pre-postcommunist world made of brightly colored, painstakingly woven national flags; illustrated with many color images.

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