Writing Art

Writings by artists convey a specific type of knowledge or way of thinking about artistic practice that the writings of academic and professional observers do not. It is not just a matter of artists’ texts filling discursive gaps between critical writing and artistic production; it is also a question of texts by artists creating intellectual, political, and cultural possibilities that would not otherwise exist. The books in this series remind us that art’s manifestations and meanings are rendered more complex when artists’ voices are heard, and when artists engage in direct debate and dialogue with each other, the public, and scholars. This series carries the spirit of several earlier book series that shaped aesthetic theory and art writing practice in the twentieth century into the twenty-first century: the Documents of Modern Art series edited by Robert Motherwell (1944-61), the Jargon Society Press founded by Jonathan Williams at Black Mountain College in 1951, Dick Higgins’ Something Else Press (1964-75), and the Nova Scotia Series edited first by Kaspar Koenig and later by Benjamin Buchloh in Halifax in the 1970s. The Writing Art series of MIT Press was initiated by Roger Conover in 1991.

Series editor: Roger Conover


Carl Andre, James Meyer

Aug 03, 2021

Public Knowledge

Michael Asher, Kirsi Peltomäki

Oct 15, 2019

We Are in Open Circuits

Nam June Paik, John G. Hanhardt, Gregory Zinman, Edith Decker-Phillips

Oct 01, 2019

Working Conditions

Hans Haacke, Alexander Alberro

Oct 21, 2016

Dissolve into Comprehension

Jack Burnham, Melissa Ragain, Hans Haacke

Sep 04, 2015

On the Camera Arts and Consecutive Matters

Hollis Frampton, Bruce Jenkins, Bruce Jenkins

Jan 30, 2015

Feelings Are Facts

Yvonne Rainer

Sep 20, 2013

Ai Weiwei's Blog

Ai Weiwei, Lee Ambrozy, Lee Ambrozy

Mar 18, 2011

Solar System & Rest Rooms

Mel Bochner, Yve-Alain Bois

May 09, 2008

Museum Highlights

Andrea Fraser

Sep 28, 2007

Language to Cover a Page

Vito Acconci, Craig Dworkin

Mar 03, 2006

The AIDS Crisis Is Ridiculous and Other Writings, 1986–2003

Gregg Bordowitz, James Meyer, Douglas Crimp

Feb 17, 2006

Please Pay Attention Please: Bruce Nauman's Words

Bruce Nauman, Janet Kraynak

Feb 18, 2005

Minor Histories

Mike Kelley, John C. Welchman

Feb 06, 2004

Imaging Her Erotics

Carolee Schneemann

Sep 12, 2003

Essays on Art and Language

Charles Harrison

Sep 12, 2003

Conceptual Art and Painting

Charles Harrison

Sep 12, 2003

Foul Perfection

Mike Kelley, John C. Welchman

Jun 20, 2003

Two-Way Mirror Power

Dan Graham, Alexander Alberro, Jeff Wall

Nov 09, 1999

Out of Order, Out of Sight

Adrian Piper

Feb 18, 1999

Out of Order, Out of Sight

Adrian Piper

Feb 18, 1999

Out of Order, Out of Sight

Adrian Piper

Feb 18, 1999

Critical Vehicles

Krzysztof Wodiczko

Feb 16, 1999

Imaging Desire

Mary Kelly

Jul 31, 1998

Destruction of the Father / Reconstruction of the Father

Louise Bourgeois, Marie-Laure Bernadac, Hans-Ulrich Obrist

Jun 12, 1998

Reasons for Knocking at an Empty House

Bill Viola, Robert Violette

Dec 12, 1995

Remote Control

Barbara Kruger

Jul 25, 1994

Rock My Religion

Dan Graham

Jul 25, 1994

Art After Philosophy and After

Joseph Kosuth, Gabriele Guercio, Jean-François Lyotard

Aug 13, 1993