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Thomas Hirschhorn
A New Political Understanding of Art?
Christina Braun

Publication date: January 2, 2018

Interfaces: Studies in Visual Culture

2018 • 232 pp. 124 illus. (29 color) 6 x 9"
Contemporary Art / Individual Artists / Sculpture

$45.00 Paperback, 978-1-5126-0163-3
$95.00 Hardcover, 978-1-5126-0162-6

$39.99 Ebook, 978-1-5126-0164-0

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The first study in English on the work and theory of a major installation artist

Thomas Hirschhorn is a leading installation artist whose work is owned and exhibited by modern art museums throughout Europe and the United States. Known for his compelling, often site-specific and activated environments which tackle issues of critical theory, global politics, and consumerism, his work initially engages the viewer through sheer superabundance. Combining found images and texts, bound up in handcrafted constructions of cardboard, foil, and packing tape, they correlate to the intellectual scavenging and sensory overload that characterize our own grapplings with the excess of information in daily life.

Christina Braun is the first to compile and systematically analyze the extensive source material on this artist’s theoretical principles. Now translated into English, her study sheds light on the complicated yet constitutive relations between Hirschhorn’s work and theory, providing a major contribution to the study of contemporary art.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“Thomas Hirschhorn’s statements are an integral part of his artistic practice. Christina Braun offers the first sustained analysis of them and their complex relation to the sculptural work. Elegantly navigating through Hirschhorn’s characteristic information overload in English, French, and German, this thoroughly researched book, which is grounded in Christina Braun’s own direct exchanges with the artist, is invaluable for those researching Hirschhorn and also anyone more generally interested in the mechanics of how to engage artists’ statements.”—Elisa Schaar, Oxford University

CHRISTINA BRAUN received her PhD from the University of Cologne, Germany. She has been a freelance curator for the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo and is currently working for documenta 14.

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