Fred Wilson  A Critical Reader

Edited by Doro Globus with an introduction by Lowery Stokes Sims
Ridinghouse 2011
£22  |  $39.95

21.6 × 14.4 cm  |  8 1/4 × 6 in
Softback
509 pp, 70 colour ill
ISBN: 978 1 905464 36 4

Focusing on Fred Wilson’s site-specific installations that question social and historical narratives, this anthology of critical texts and interviews charts his critical reception.


Wilson's unique approach is to examine, question, and deconstruct the traditional display of art and artifacts in museums. With the use of new wall labels, sounds, lighting, and non-traditional pairings of objects, Wilson leads viewers to recognize that changes in context create changes in meaning.

 

Concentrating on some of the most significant moments of Wilson’s career, the book focuses on essays from exhibition catalogues – such as Mining the Museum (1992) and Speak of Me as I Am (2003) – and interviews with the artist himself.

 

Brought together for the first time here, these reviews, interviews and essays are from sources that are largely out of print. The texts are accompanied by a large section of full-colour illustrations that show the artist’s seminal work from the early 1990s to present day.

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