Active Withdrawals

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Active Withdrawals
Life and Death of Institutional Critique

21 x 12 cm | 8 x 5 in
50 ills | 352 pages

Active Withdrawals: Life and Death of Institutional Critique is an anthology of essays addressing the institutionalisation of artistic practices and the act of withdrawal--a seeking out of places of contemplation and retreat--that is often adopted in Eastern art.

This book critiques the growing desire for museums and galleries to become recognised as places of artistic intervention and exposes concerns surrounding the institutionalisation of artists' work, covering artistic practices across Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, China and South East Asia.

Drawing from a seminar that took place in July 2013, the book challenges the institutional structure that has become prominent within the art world. Including writings from some of the world's most prominent curators, including Biljana Ciric, Maria Lind and Lina Dzuverovic, a large focus on this anthology explores issues beyond a Western context and avoids a geographical grouping of the writers' concerns. Instead, the book is structured in such a way that the voice of each writer resonates throughout, combining to create a thoughtful and significant commentary on a largely neglected topic.