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Industry and Intelligence: Contemporary Art Since 1820 (Bampton Lectures in America)

Industry and Intelligence: Contemporary Art Since 1820 (Bampton Lectures in America)

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Publication Date: January 16th, 2018
Columbia University Press
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In Industry and Intelligence, the artist Liam Gillick writes a nuanced genealogy to help us appreciate contemporary art's engagement with history even when it seems apathetic or blind to current events. Taking a broad view of artistic creation from 1820 to today, Gillick follows the response of artists to incremental developments in science, politics, and technology. The great innovations and dislocations of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries have their place in this timeline, but their traces are alternately amplified and diminished as Gillick moves through artistic reactions to liberalism, mass manufacturing, psychology, nuclear physics, automobiles, and a host of other advances. He intimately ties the origins of contemporary art to the social and technological adjustments of modern life, which artists struggled to incorporate truthfully into their works.

About the Author

Liam Gillick is an artist based in New York. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions, including documenta and the Venice and Berlin Biennales, and he has been nominated for a Turner Prize and Vincent Award. He serves on the graduate committee of the Center for Curatorial Studies and Art in Contemporary Culture at Bard College and was a mentor at the Columbia University School of the Arts from 1997 to 2013.