book launch


Forms of Abstraction, Volume 1

With Sven Lütticken, Riet Wijnen, Jort van der Laan
Rijksakademie Reading Room, Amsterdam
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"'Forms of Abstraction' engages with abstraction not as a formal option in art, or as an airy theoretical speculation but as an operational force that has redesigned our world and continues to do so. The first volume, 'Objections', takes its cue from the Latin root of object, obiectum—which refers to something put before the subject, something thrown in one’s way. This sense of the object as obstacle or obstruction and of the artwork as an aesthetic and political objection is explored in this volume. 'Objections' sees artists engaging with materiality and value, with subatomic particles and radiation, as well as with the objectification of human and nonhuman organisms. Along the way, we encounter theoretical objects such as the fetish, the plaster cast, the patented bacteria, the buried radioactive container, and the contemporary artwork itself. Contemporary art is analyzed here as a set of aesthetic practices revolving around problematic and questionable objects that can act as productive objections." (Sternberg Press).

Sven Lütticken

Sven Lütticken is an art historian. He is an associate professor at Leiden University's Academy of Creative and Performing Arts / PhDArts, and he coordinates the research master's track Critical Studies in Art and Culture at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He is the author of 'Idols of the Market: Modern Iconoclasm and the Fundamentalist Spectacle' (2009), 'History in Motion: Time in the Age of the Moving Image' (2013), and 'Cultural Revolution: Aesthetic Practice after Autonomy' (2017), all published by Sternberg Press (MIT Press).


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