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Thomas Hirschhorn: A New Political Understanding of Art?
by Christina Braun
Dartmouth College Press, 2018
eISBN: 978-1-5126-0164-0 | Cloth: 978-1-5126-0162-6 | Paper: 978-1-5126-0163-3
Library of Congress Classification N7153.H57B7313 2018
Dewey Decimal Classification 709.2

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
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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