Thomas Hirschhorn is a Swiss-born artist who emerged in the 1990s, noted for his giant, labour-intensive, room-sized collages of low-grade materials. Tinfoil, cardboard, plywood, plastic and packing tape bring together an infinite variety of debris, including handwritten texts and images culled from popular magazines; miniature toy aeroplanes and trains; knick-knacks by the hundreds; armies of plastic 'gold' watches; household fans blowing red flags which flutter violently; monitors duct-taped into vitrines, ad infinitum.
Noted professor and art thinker Benjamin H. D. Buchloh surveys the artist's work from its earliest, anonymous beginnings in the streets of Paris to his recent, virtuoso installations as part of a long tradition of politically-motivated anti-monuments. In her interview, Alison M. Gingeras, who has worked with Hirschhorn since 2000, discusses with the artist his beginnings as a graphic artist, and his more recent dealings with the contemporary art system. Carlos Basualdo offers a full analysis of, as well as little-known background on, Bataille Monument, at Documenta 11, which Basualdo co-curated.
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Benjamin H. D. Buchloh is an art historian and critic, and a Professor of twentieth-century and post-war art history at Harvard University. An editor of October magazine and co-author of Art Since 1900 (2005), Buchloh has also published his collected essays in Neo-Avantgarde andCulture Industry (2000) and Formalism and Historicity (2004). Alison M. Gingeras is Adjunct Curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Exhibitions she organized while Curator of Contemorary Art at the Centre Pompidou in Paris (1999-2004) include 'Dear Painter...' (2002) and Thomas Hirschhorn's project Musee Precaire Albinet (2004). Her writings appear regularly in Parkett, Tate Etc. and Artforum. Carlos Basualdo is a poet, art critic and curator. A member of the Documenta 11 (2002) curatorial team, he was curator of 'The Structure of Survival' at the 50th Venice Biennale (2003). He also curated, among others, 'Worthless/Invaluable' at the Moderna Galerija in Ljubljana, Slovenia (2000) and 'Da Adversidade Vivemos' at the Arc/Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2001).Review:
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Buchbeschreibung Phaidon Press, 2004. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neu Neuware, Importqualität, auf Lager, Versand per Büchersendung - Presents the work of this Swiss artist known for his room-sized collages of found objects and other unusual materials. 160 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. INF1000378117