CRITICISM

Art Life: Selected Writings, 1991-2005
By Lawrence Rinder
Introduction by Bill Arning

Entertaining, lyrical, and informative, Art Life is a selection of essays by well-known contemporary art curator Lawrence Rinder, all written since 1991. Rinder’s work is distinguished by a concern for art’s role in reflecting and shaping daily life. Informed by history, philosophy, and popular culture, these essays provide keys to understanding a broad range of contemporary practices–from painting and drawing to net art and video installation.

In each of these texts, Rinder muses on how the intersection of material, image, and idea creates meaning in some of the most compelling artworks of the past few decades. Among the many artists discussed are Irit Batsry, Louise Bourgeois, Sophie Calle, Martin Creed, Jim Drain, Mark Lombardi, Ara Peterson, Jack Smith, Luc Tuymans.

The essays are unified by Rinder’s lucid and thoughtful writing and his consistent engagement with the experience of art and art’s relevance to our daily lives. Illustrated throughout with images of the works discussed, Art Life is an ideal publication for scholars, students, and fans of contemporary art alike.

Paperback, 7 x 9 inches, 160 pages, 85 color images
$25.00

ISBN: 9780974364827
Published August 2005

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