Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art: A Sourcebook of Artists' Writings (Second Edition, Revised and Expanded by Kristine Stiles)

Peter Selz (Author) Kristine Stiles (Author)


First published in 1996, this irreplaceable resource has now been updated, revised, and expanded by Kristine Stiles to represent thirty countries and more than one hundred new artists. Stiles has added forty images and a diverse roster of artists, including many who have emerged since the 1980s, such as Julie Mehretu, Carrie Mae Weems, Damien Hirst, Shirin Neshat, Cai Guo-Qian, Olafur Eliasson, Matthew Barney, and Takashi Murakami. The writings, which as before take the form of artists' statements, interviews, and essays, make vivid each artist's aesthetic approach and capture the flavor and intent of his or her work. The internationalism evident in this revised edition reflects the growing interest in the vitality of contemporary art throughout the world from the U.S. and Europe to the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Australia.

Product Details

University of California Press
Publish Date
September 25, 2012
7.0 X 10.0 X 1.9 inches | 4.0 pounds

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About the Author

Kristine Stiles is France Family Professor of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke University. She is the author of the forthcoming books Concerning Consequences of Trauma in Art and Society and Correspondence Course, An Epistolary History of Carolee Schneemann and Her Circle.
Peter Selz (1919-2019) was Professor Emeritus of Art History at the University of California, Berkeley. His many books include Art of Engagement: Visual Politics in California and Beyond (UC Press).


"This enormous book of primary sources contains it all: poems, manifestos, plans, statements, critiques, and of course, interviews, with over a hundred new artists over the first edition....keep it on your coffee table...for the next decade as you parse through whenever you need to be reminded that though the creative life might be lonely, you are not alone."--Publishers Weekly
"Capture[s] the vitality and global tenor of the contemporary art world. . . . Indispensable for artists and art historians alike. . . . Essential."--Choice