Correspondence Course: An Epistolary History of Carolee Schneemann and Her Circle

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Duke University Press
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6.09 X 1.61 X 8.88 inches | 2.42 pounds
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About the Author

Kristine Stiles is Professor of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke University. She is the author of Marina Abramovic and States of Mind: Dan & Lia Perjovschi and co-editor of Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art: A Sourcebook of Artists' Writings.Carolee Schneemann is a multidisciplinary artist whose painting, photography, film, video, performance art, and installation works have been shown at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), the National Film Theatre (London), and Anthology Film Archives. She is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the College Art Association and the author of Imaging Her Erotics; More Than Meat Joy: Performance Works and Selected Writings; and Cezanne, She Was A Great Painter.


"Not only a revelatory stroll in Carolee Schneemann's teeming archive, Correspondence Course demonstrates that letters, no less than canvases or installations, are works of art. An exquisitely dense meditation on address, Schneemann's revelatory letters and Kristine Stiles's deft critical framing perform a radical reconception of art history itself. At once deeply personal and profoundly philosophical, Correspondence Course illuminates and complicates pretty much every notion I have had about the past fifty years of avant-garde art. A brilliant, breathtaking, stunning book."--Peggy Phelan, Stanford University
"Kristine Stiles's subtitle, An Epistolary History of Carolee Schneemann and Her Circle, suggests that like the correspondence of Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group, these letters will afford a privileged insight into the cultural milieu in which they were written. The first section in the book, focused on 1956-1968, may have the most historical éclat, but Schneemann's letters are great throughout the forty-three years the book covers, and Stiles performed a careful and attentive scholarly treatment of them. This book is another brick in the edifice of modern art."--Thomas McEvilley, author of The Triumph of Anti-Art: Conceptual and Performance Art in the Formation of Post-Modernism
"Correspondence Course is a book at once combative and communal, aesthetic and feminist. Schneeman chronicles a life dedicated to uncompromised artistic exploration of her own assumptions, as well as those of others, all in the name of conceptual progress."--Trinie Dalton "Bookforum "
"Correspondence Course is many things: it is a book that encompasses an impressive amount of historical data that is of immense use to any researcher of late 20th-century art. It is also an archive of an extraordinary life during a time of tremendous changes in society and technology. Finally, it is a gripping story, at times difficult to put down--not your typical art historical book--and a tremendous achievement on the part of the editor, the artist and the publisher."--Kathy Battista "Art Monthly "
"[A]n amazing look into the heart, soul, and psyche of a trend setting artist."--Gypsey Elaine Teague "ARLIS/NA Reviews "
"A thick book of exuberant and extensive correspondence is a wonderful rarity in this era of tweets, emoticons, and Facebook updates. . . . [T]his selection provides an engaging historical document of a major segment of the American avant-garde in the last half of the 20th century. . . . Throughout her correspondence, Schneemann has the remarkable quality of being both unfailingly giving and fiercely honest."--Kim Levin "ARTNews "
"An accidental record of the way friends, enemies, the art world and ideas all crowd into an artist's work can be found in Correspondence Course. . . . What a fascinating cacophony it is. . . . It is unusual to be given access to this kind of archive during the central figure's lifetime. . . ."--Barry Schwabsky "The Nation "
"One realizes in reading this hefty collection just how stealthily [Stiles] has made her way through the culture of her times, how she has maintained a brilliant dwelling for her creative process and psychic space, and steered a course based entirely on her own unique direction. Correspondence Course offers an ingenious view into a cultural life that does not fit neatly into the history books, if it's there at all."--Stephen Motika "Bomb "