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Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art

In 2006 London's famous Whitechapel Gallery and The MIT Press formed an editorial alliance to produce a new series of books. Documents of Contemporary Art combines affordable paperback prices, good design, and impeccable editorial content. Each volume in the series is a definitive anthology on a particular theme, practice, or concern that is of central significance to contemporary visual culture. The artists and writers included in these books, like the guest editors who conceive them, represent the diversity of perspectives, generations, and voices defining art today.

Edited by Sarah Cook

An art-historical reassessment of information-based art and exhibition curation, from 1960s conceptualism to current digital and network-based practices.

Edited by Filipa Ramos

The emergence of contemporary art, engaging widely with other disciplines, as a platform for exploring animal nature.

Edited by Gwen Allen

The artist’s magazine as a place where new ideas and forms can be imagined and created, from the eighteenth century to the twenty-first.

Edited by David J. Getsy

Key artists’ writings that have influenced and catalyzed contemporary queer artistic practice.

Essays consider recent artistic and critical approaches to materiality, focusing on the moments when materials become willful actors and agents within artistic processes.

Edited by Omar Kholeif

An examination of the expanded field of moving image-based art that has emerged alongside digital media.

Edited by Walead Beshty

Texts examine how the encounter of ethics and aesthetics has become central to the contested space of much recent art.

Writings survey system-based art, from its origins in works from the 1950s to the 1970s to its twenty-first century resurgence in works that draw on cutting-edge science.

Edited by Amelia Jones

Tracing the identification of art with sexual expression or repression, from the era of the rights movements to the present.

Edited by Lucy Steeds

A multivocal critique that emphasizes the crucial role of artists in questioning and shaping the phenomenon of the exhibition.

Edited by Antony Hudek

Discussions of the object as a key to understanding central aspects of modern and contemporary art.

Considering art at the center of network theory, from the rise of the electronic media age in the 1960s to the present.

Edited by Amelia Groom

A survey of contemporary art and theory that proposes alternatives to outdated linear models of time

Edited by Natasha Degen

Critical and creative responses to the global art market’s influence on issues of value, patronage, institutional power, and public agency.

The revival of documentary in art, considered in historical, theoretical, and contemporary contexts.

Edited by Maria Lind

An examination of contemporary art’s engagement with three modes of abstraction.

Edited by Ian Farr

Investigations into the wide array of artistic relationships to memory, repetition and reappearance, and forgetting, in artworks from the late 1940s to the present.

Edited by André Lepecki

Dance’s galvanizing and transformative presence in art and theory over the last decade becomes part of a broader investigation of its dialogue with modernism’s legacies.

Edited by Jeffrey Kastner

Contemporary artists’ radical investigations of nature, juxtaposed with the eclectic scientific and philosophical sources that inform their art.

Edited by Jens Hoffmann

The evolution of studio--and “post-studio”--practice over the last half century.

Edited by Brian Dillon

A comprehensive examination of “ruins” of the modern era in contemporary art and cultural theory.

Edited by Felicity Allen

Art’s recent “educational turn” is viewed within a wider-ranging narrative of alternative ideas of education through art.

Edited by Terry R Myers

Essential writings that consider the diverse meanings of contemporary painting since its postconceptual revival.

Edited by Caleb Kelly

A definitive guide to the rising status of sound in art, through original critical writings and artists’ statements.

Edited by Lisa Le Feuvre

Investigations of failure as a key concern--as theme, strategy, and world view--of recent art.

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