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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 David Evans

Important documents and appraisals of appropriation art from Duchamp’s readymades to feminist and postcolonial critique.

Edited by Dave Beech

Key texts on beauty and its revival in contemporary art.

Writings on the “turn to the ordinary” in contemporary art examine the various ways artists have engaged with the everyday since 1945.

Edited by Gilda Williams

The first comprehensive survey of the Gothic in contemporary visual culture explores the work of artists ranging from Andy Warhol to Cindy Sherman to Matthew Barney, with texts by Julia Kristeva, Marina Warner, Jeff Wall, and many others.

Edited by Jennifer Higgie

Jokes and humor in avant-garde and contemporary art, as discussed by writers and artists ranging from Freud and Picasso to Andrea Fraser, the Guerilla Girls, and Slavoj Zizek.

Edited by Alex Coles

The first anthology to address the rise of the "design-art" phenomenon—the breakdown of boundaries between art and architectural, graphic, or product design begun in the Pop and Minimalist eras.

Edited by David Campany

Key writings by artists and theorists chart the shifting relationship between film and photography and how the rise of cinema forced photography to make a virtue of its stillness.

Edited by Claire Bishop

Art that seeks to produce situations in which relations are formed among viewers is placed in historical and theoretical context in key writings by critics and artists.

The significance of the archive in modernity and in contemporary art; writings by Sigmund Freud, Michel Foucault, Hal Foster, and others, and essays on the archival practice of such artists as Gerhard Richter, Christian Boltanski, Renée Green, and The Atlas Group.

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