Brian Sholis

  • Produce, Distribute, Discuss, Repeat

    Produce, Distribute, Discuss, Repeat

    Anton Vidokle and Brian Sholis

    Anton Vidokle is an artist who captures the attention of 70,000 people each day through e-flux, as well as unitednationsplaza, Martha Rosler Library, and other traveling projects. Yet comparatively few members of this audience consider him an artist, despite the fact that he has publicly identified himself as such for over a decade and has exhibited in museums and galleries across the world. The contributors to this book emphasize two aspects of his artistic practice that are partly responsible for this disparity. The first characteristic is the self-effacing nature of his endeavors. Not only are many of his projects subsumed under an anonymous-sounding corporate identity, e-flux, but they are also nearly always collaborative. The second quality is his relative freedom from the network of institutions that is generally believed to confer legitimacy upon individual artistic practices. Vidokle, through e-flux, is able to produce, disseminate, and critically interrogate the ideas that animate his practice. He can also display the fruits of this process publicly and convene friends and collaborators to discuss and refine them. Vidokle doesn't shun conventional artistic institutions, but e-flux is a robustly healthy ecosystem that grants him the opportunity to engage them selectively.

    This book focuses attention on the implications of this singular undertaking: Can one be an artist without making anything that is easily defined as art even at a moment when nearly everything can be so designated? Can one play down one's own contributions to diverse projects and still be recognized as the point of convergence that unifies them?

    ContributorsMedia Farzin, Liam Gillick, Boris Groys, Maria Lind, Monika Szewczyk, Jan VerwoertInterview with Martha Rosler by Bosko Blagojevic

    • Paperback $19.95
  • The Uncertain States of America Reader

    The Uncertain States of America Reader

    Noah Horowitz and Brian Sholis

    “This is undoubtedly a moment marked by a serious interest in the actions America is taking on the world stage—actions that have been described as a cause for 'grave concern.' We do not attempt to authoritatively engage these concerns here nor do we wish to insinuate that elevated interest in America's cultural affairs is somehow unique to our present historical moment. We do, however, think that this sampling of discourse by and about a country's visual artists leads to insights about its politics and society not gained elsewhere. […] At the very least, it gives a sense of what it is like to live in the United States today, and results in some inspired debate. We hope that this book serves not only as a valuable compendium of recent writing about contemporary art, but also as inspiration to seek further understanding of these 'Uncertain States.'”

    So Noah Horowitz and Brian Sholis note in the introduction to this unique compilation of writing around art and cultural politics in America since 2000. Published in collaboration with the Serpentine Gallery, London, and the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, as an addendum to the traveling exhibition Uncertain States of America, curated by Daniel Birnbaum, Gunnar Kvaran, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, the USA Reader was designed by Dexter Sinister. It is a thought-provoking collection that will become an important sourcebook on American culture at the start of the new millennium.

    ContributorsGiorgio Agamben, Dora Apel, Jack Bankowsky, David Barringer, Bernadette Corporation, John Bowe et al., Johanna Burton, Paul Chan, Critical Art Ensemble, Trisha Donnelly, Andrea Fraser, Isabelle Graw, Tim Griffin, Matthew Jesse Jackson, Chris Kraus, Miwon Kwon, Robert Morris, Molly Nesbit, Seth Price, Kymberly N. Pinder, Retort, Ralph Rugoff, Gregory Sholette, Julian Stallabrass, Kirk Varnedoe, Hamza Walker, and Matt Wolf

    • Paperback $19.95