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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 Contemporay 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 aritsts 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 Omar Kholeif

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

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

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 Walead Beshty

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

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.

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

Edited by Antony Hudek

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

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A survey of contemporary art and theory that proposes alternatives to outdated linear models of time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

Edited by Maria Lind

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

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

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 Jens Hoffmann

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

Edited by Jeffrey Kastner

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

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 Brian Dillon

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

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.

Why chance remains a key strategy in artists’ investigations into the contemporary world.

Edited by Simon Morley

The continuing relevance and constant reinvention of the sublime—the transcendent, the awe- inspiring, the unpresentable—in art and culture since 1945.

Edited by Claire Doherty

Key texts on the notion of “situation” in art and theory that consider site, place, and context, temporary interventions, remedial actions, place-making, and public space.

Edited by Richard Noble

Utopian strategies in contemporary art seen in the context of the histories of utopian thinking and avant-garde art.

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