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Thomas Hirschhorn
A New Political Understanding of Art?
Christina Braun

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, a leading installation artist whose work is owned and exhibited by modern art museums throughout Europe and the United States, is known for compelling, often site-specific and interactive environments tackling 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, the artworks reflect the intellectual scavenging and sensory overload that characterize our own attempts to grapple with the excess of information in daily life.

Christina Braun, the first to compile and systematically analyze the extensive source material on this artist’s theoretical principles, sheds light on the complicated yet constitutive relations between Hirschhorn’s work and theory. Her study, now translated into English, makes 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 Braun’s own direct exchanges with the artist, is invaluable for those studying Hirschhorn and also anyone more generally interested in the mechanics of how to engage with artists’ statements.”
—Elisa Schaar, University of Oxford

“I know of few artists working in the expanded field of cultural production today whose passion for art matches that of the peerless Thomas Hirschhorn. Here is an artist who truly loves art, and whose love for the work of art ultimately drives the potent political charge that is so defining of his oeuvre. It takes some scholarly passion to parallel Hirschhorn’s energy in critical, discursive terms—which Christina Braun’s book has in spades. A tour de force.”
—Dieter Roelstraete, curator, University of Chicago

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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