One of the most significant shifts in contemporary art during the past two decades concerns artists and collectives who have moved their artistic focus from representation to direct social action. This publication shows why this transition might change our understanding of artistic production at large and make us reconsider the role of art in society. The book gathers internationally recognized artists, scholars, and experts in the field of socially engaged art to reflect upon historical developments in this field and explore the role that German artist Joseph Beuys’s concept of social sculpture played in its evolution. The contributions provide theoretical reflections, historical analysis, and frame critical debates about exemplary socially engaged art projects since the 1970s in order to examine the strategies, opportunities, and failures of this practice.
Texts by Karen van Den Berg, Mary Jane Jacob, Cara Jordan, Grant Kester, Philipp Kleinmichel, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Marina Naprushkia, Dan Peterman, Pedro Reyes, John Roberts, Gregory Sholette, Caroline Tisdall, Anton Vidokle, Caroline Woolard.
Editor(s): Karen van Den Berg, Cara Jordan, Phillipp Kleinmichel
Design: Patricia Reed
Dimensions: 13.5 x 20.4 cm