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Conversation Pieces


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List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Preface to the 2013 Edition Introduction 1. The Eyes of the Vulgar 2. Duration, Performativity, and Critique 3. Dialogical Aesthetics 4. A Critical Framework for Dialogical Practice 5. Community and Communicability Notes Index

About the Author

Grant H. Kester is Professor of Art History at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Art, Activism and Oppositionality: Essays from Afterimage , and The One and the Many: Contemporary Collaborative Art in a Global Context.


"A brilliant critical re-evaluaton of art critical methodologies." * Leonardo *
"...a much-needed discussion regarding a practice that is too often ignored. We need a dialogue about what community art is and could be. . . [and] need more discussions like Kester's that question the traditional roles of artists and audiences." * Public Art Review *
"It's strange. . .that it has taken so long for work that isolates art's communicative power. . .to be given a full critical write-up. Maybe it's because this kind of art, as Kester says, directly questions whether critics are needed to explain art to people when the art communicates on its own. It's also difficult to write about work that leaves no material remains when the performance is over. Conversation Pieces nobly records and analyzes dialogical art with a respect that very few critics have offered thus far." * Flaunt *

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