Book 1 on the Reading list. Painting Beyond Itself.
This was challenging as is it was packed with, (and I learnt this phrase especially to describe this book), sesquipedalian loquaciousness. Not an easy read for my Dyslexic brain. It would appear that George Orwell's second rule of writing, "never use a long word where a short one will do" has not quite reached the art world.
Nonetheless, I found it informative, thought provoking and through it's grandiloquent language, to which the dictionary was out every 2 sentences, I have picked up a some juicy phrases.
Contributions by CAROL ARMSTRONG, BENJAMIN H. D. BUCHLOH, SABETH BUCHMANN, RENÉ DÉMORIS, ISABELLE GRAW, DAVID JOSELIT, JUTTA KOETHER, EWA LAJER-BURCHARTH, JACQUELINE LICHTENSTEIN, JULIE MEHRETU, MATT SAUNDERS, AMY SILLMAN
In response to recent developments in pictorial practice and critical discourse, Painting beyond Itself: The Medium in the Post-medium Condition seeks new ways to approach and historicize the question of the medium. Reaching back to the earliest theoretical and institutional definitions of painting, this book—based on a conference at Harvard University in 2013—focuses on the changing role of materiality in establishing painting as the privileged practice, discourse, and institution of modernity. Myriad conceptions of the medium and its specificity are explored by an international group of scholars, critics, and artists. Painting beyond Itself is a forum for rich historical, theoretical, and practice-grounded conversation.