Art and its Institutions: Current Conflicts, Critique and Collaborations
Editor: Nina Möntmann
Publisher: Black Dog Publishing, London
Produced by NIFCA,
Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art
Paperback, 192 pgs, 60 colour & b/w ills., 16 x 22 cm.
ISBN 1 904772 50 1
Art and its Institutions is a comprehensive reader on current institutional conditions and the role of institutions within artistic processes, offering a powerful insight into the diversity of art institutions and their practice today.
The book examines the interests of the various institutions involved in the production and mediation of art, and explores the impact these institutions have on the contemporary art world. It covers topics, including the decline of the welfare state; the advanced corporatisation of institutions; the art space and notions of democracy; curating with institutional visions; the role of art academies and education; new collectives and self-organisation; the need for transgressive institutions; a re-evaluation of institutional critique of the 1970s and 90s; and the introduction of new models of critique in artistic and institutional practice. Two NIFCA exhibition projects, Spaces of Conflict and Opacity, are also discussed in terms of their relationship to the controversies and desires provoked by institutions.
With essays by prolific authors and academics, including 16Beaver Group, Beatrice von Bismarck, Mike Bode and Staffan Schmidt, Roger M. Buergel, Anthony Davies, Stephan Dillemuth, Anselm Franke, Andrea Fraser, Tone Hansen, Trude Iversen, Jakob Jakobsen, Nanna Kildal, Maria Lind, Marita Muukkonen and Chris Evans, Nina Möntmann, Simon Sheikh, Jan Verwoert, Sven-Olov Wallenstein.
A challenging and rigorously analytical book, Art and its Institutions gives powerful insight into the diversity of art institutions today, and their relation to artistic practice.
Art and its Institutions is produced by NIFCA, Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art. NIFCA is the Nordic Council of Ministers expert organ for visual culture; visual arts, architecture and design. NIFCA is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers, the body responsible for co-operation between the governments of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and the autonomous territories Faroe Islands, Greenland, and Åland Islands.