Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art

In 2006 London’s famous Whitechapel Gallery and MIT Press formed an editorial alliance to produce a new series of books. Documents of Contemporary Art combines several features that do not often coincide in publishing:  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.

Series editor: Iwona Blazwick

Activism

Tom Snow, Afonso Ramos

Oct 10, 2023

Speculation

Marina Vishmidt

May 02, 2023

Oceans

Pandora Syperek, Sarah Wade

May 02, 2023

The Cute

Sianne Ngai

Aug 02, 2022

Magic

Jamie Sutcliffe

Dec 14, 2021

Health

Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz

Dec 08, 2020

Science Fiction

Dan Byrne-Smith

Apr 14, 2020

Translation

Sophie J. Williamson

Feb 18, 2020

The Rural

Myvillages

Mar 12, 2019

Craft

Tanya Harrod

Sep 11, 2018

Practice

Marcus Boon, Gabriel Levine

Feb 23, 2018

Destruction

Sven Spieker

Aug 11, 2017

Work

Friederike Sigler

Aug 11, 2017

Boredom

Tom McDonough

Jan 27, 2017

Animals

Filipa Ramos

Sep 09, 2016

Information

Sarah Cook

Sep 09, 2016

The Magazine

Gwen Allen

Feb 19, 2016

Queer

David J. Getsy

Feb 19, 2016

Moving Image

Omar Kholeif

Sep 18, 2015

Materiality

Petra Lange-Berndt

Sep 18, 2015

Ethics

Walead Beshty

Mar 13, 2015

Systems

Edward A. Shanken

Mar 13, 2015

Sexuality

Amelia Jones

Aug 15, 2014

Exhibition

Lucy Steeds

Aug 15, 2014

Networks

Lars Bang Larsen

Feb 07, 2014

The Object

Antony Hudek

Feb 07, 2014

Time

Amelia Groom

Oct 04, 2013

The Market

Natasha Degen

Sep 20, 2013

Documentary

Julian Stallabrass

Feb 01, 2013

Abstraction

Maria Lind

Jan 18, 2013

Dance

André Lepecki

Aug 10, 2012

Memory

Ian Farr

Aug 10, 2012

Nature

Jeffrey Kastner

Mar 02, 2012

The Studio

Jens Hoffmann

Mar 02, 2012

Ruins

Brian Dillon

Aug 05, 2011

Education

Felicity Allen

Aug 05, 2011

Sound

Caleb Kelly

Feb 04, 2011

Painting

Terry R Myers

Feb 04, 2011

Failure

Lisa Le Feuvre

Sep 24, 2010

The Sublime

Simon Morley

Mar 05, 2010

Chance

Margaret Iversen

Mar 05, 2010

Utopias

Richard Noble

Oct 09, 2009

Situation

Claire Doherty

Oct 09, 2009

Appropriation

David Evans

Mar 13, 2009

Beauty

Dave Beech

Mar 13, 2009

The Everyday

Stephen Johnstone

Mar 14, 2008

Colour

David Batchelor

Mar 14, 2008

The Gothic

Gilda Williams

Aug 24, 2007

The Artist's Joke

Jennifer Higgie

Aug 24, 2007

The Cinematic

David Campany

Apr 20, 2007

Design and Art

Alex Coles

Apr 20, 2007

Participation

Claire Bishop

Dec 06, 2006

The Archive

Charles Merewether

Dec 06, 2006