Criticism/Theory First Edition Softcover 346 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 55 ORDER

Douglas Crimp, On the Museum's Ruins, MIT Press, 1993

On the Museum's Ruins presents Douglas Crimp's criticism of contemporary art, its institutions, and its politics alongside photographic works by the artist Louise Lawler to create a collaborative project that is itself an example of postmodern practice at its most provocative. Crimp elaborates the new paradigm of postmodernism through analyses of art practices broadly conceived, not only the practices of artists—Robert Rauschenberg, Cindy Sherman, Marcel Broodthaers, Richard Serra, Sherrie Levine, and Robert Mapplethorpe—but those of critics and curators, of international exhibitions, and of new or refurbished museums such as the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart and the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin.

Criticism/Theory, Anthology First Edition Softcover 320 pages 22 x 14 cm Texts in French   New       EUR 20 ORDER

Elisabeth Lebovici, Ce que le sida m’a fait. Art et activisme à la fin du XXe siècle, JRP|Ringier, 2017

L'historienne et critique d'art revisite, avec sa mémoire de témoin, les liens entre art et activisme durant les « années sida » en France et aux États-Unis. Composé de textes monographiques, d'entretiens et d'essais thématiques, cet ouvrage rédigé à la première personne rend compte d'une créativité artistique et activiste née de l'urgence de vivre et du combat pour la reconnaissance de tous·tes.

Restituer la parole des ami·e·s de lutte, articuler les « je » et « nous » d'alors et d'aujourd'hui, faire retour sur des faits et affects peu connus du public français, analyser l'« épidémie de la représentation » consécutif à l'apparition du sida : telle est l'entreprise de cet ouvrage, conçu par Elisabeth Lebovici comme un véritable « discours de la méthode » où, toujours, le personnel est politique, le public et le privé s'intriquent. Engagée aux côtés des activistes français et américains de la lutte contre le sida, observatrice privilégiée, en tant qu'historienne de l'art et journaliste, des débats et enjeux des années 1980 et 1990, l'auteure analyse ce moment charnière des liens entre art et activisme, qu'elle revisite avec sa mémoire de témoin, en survivante affectée.

Ce volume propose ainsi, dans un va-et-vient constant entre les États-Unis et la France, une cosmologie élective : ACT UP, les « arbres téléphoniques », Richard Baquié, Gregg Bordowitz, Alain Buffard, Douglas Crimp, les « enterrements politiques », General Idea, Nan Goldin, Félix González-Torres, Gran Fury, L'Hiver de l'amour, Roni Horn, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Zoe Leonard, Mark Morrisroe, William Ollander, le « Patchwork de noms », The Real Estate Show, Lionel Soukaz, Philippe Thomas, Georges Tony Stoll, Paul Vecchiali, David Wojnarowicz, Dana Wyse, les zaps, etc.

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Douglas Crimp, PICTURES. S'approprier la photographie, New York, 1979-2014, Le Point du Jour, 2016

Figure des cultural studies, critique d'art, militant des premières années d'Act Up New York, Douglas Crimp a abordé la photographie dans différentes circonstances, sans prétendre au statut d'historien ou de spécialiste. Le présent recueil propose un ensemble inédit de textes publiés entre 1979 et 2014. Au sein de la revue October, Crimp a conceptualisé un postmodernisme offensif en soutenant des artistes comme Cindy Sherman, Louise Lawler ou Sherrie Levine. À la suite de l'exposition « Pictures » qu'il organisa en 1977 à New York, on qualifia cette nouvelle scène de « Pictures Generation ».
Plusieurs de ces artistes utilisaient la photographie. Ils jouaient de son instantanéité ou de ses capacités de reproduction pour s'approprier d'autres images. Crimp opposa leurs pratiques à la légitimation institutionnelle de la photographie comme art autonome.

L'époque tourna vite. Des générations de gays, de prostitués, de noirs et d'usagers de drogue disparaissaient. Les images photographiques catalysaient un peu partout les tensions qui gagnaient les États-Unis. Crimp rejoignit la lutte contre le sida où des militants s'appropriaient les stratégies visuelles du postmodernisme. Au cours des années 2000, Crimp est revenu aux artistes qu'il a contribué à faire connaître. On retrouve les photographies du tournant des années 1980, rapportées à leur contexte de production. À travers ces images, il évoque sa propre histoire et New York, la ville qu'il a arpentée pendant des décennies.

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Douglas Crimp, October #43: AIDS: Cultural Analysis / Cultural Activism, MIT Press, 1987

Edited by Douglas Crimp, with contributions by Leo Bersani, Gregg Bordowitz, John Borneman, Douglas Crimp, Martha Gever, Sander L. Gilman, Jan Zita Grover, Amber Hollibaugh, Mitchell Karp, Carol Leigh, Max Navarre, PWA Coalition, Suki Ports, Katy Taylor, Paula A. Treichler, and Simon Watney.

Criticism/Theory Fourth printing, 1993 Soft cover, perfect binding 275 pages Texts in English   Good condition       EUR 28 ORDER

Douglas Crimp, AIDS: Cultural Analysis / Cultural Activism, MIT Press, 1988

The literature on AIDS has attempted to teach us the "facts" about this new disease or to provide a narrative account of scientific discovery and developing public health policy. But AIDS has precipitated a crisis that is not primarily medical, or even social and political; AIDS has precipitated a crisis of signification the "meaning" of AIDS is hotly contested in all of the discourses that conceptualize it and seek to respond to it. AIDS: Cultural Analysis/Cultural Activism is the first book on the subject that takes this battle over meaning as its premise.

Contributors include Leo Bersani, author of The Freudian Body; Simon Watney, who serves on the board of the Health Education Committee of London's Terrence Higgens Trust; Jan Zita Grover, medical editor at San Francisco General Hospital; Suki Ports, former executive director of the New York City Minority Task Force on AIDS; and Sander Gilman, author of Difference and Pathology. Also included are essays by Paula A. Treichler, who teaches in the Medical School and in communications at the University of Illinois; Carol Leigh, a member of COYOTE and contributor to Sex Work; and Max Navarre, editor of the People With AIDS Coalition monthly Newsline. In addition to these essays, the book contains a portfolio of manifestos, articles, letters, and photographs from the publications of the PWA Coalition, an interview with three members of the AIDS discrimination unit of the New York City Commission on Human Rights; and presentations for the independent video documentaries on AIDS, Testing the Limits and Bright Eyes.

Douglas Crimp is coeditor of the journal October, art critic, and AIDS activist. An October Book.

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Douglas Crimp, Our Kind of Movie: The Films of Andy Warhol, MIT Press, 2012

“We didn’t think of our movies as underground or commercial or art or porn; they were a little of all of those, but ultimately they were just ‘our kind of movie.’”
—Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol was a remarkably prolific filmmaker, creating more than 100 movies and nearly 500 of the film portraits known as Screen Tests. And yet relatively little has been written about this body of work. Warhol withdrew his films from circulation in the early 1970s and it was only after his death in 1987 that they began to be restored and shown again. With Our Kind of Movie Douglas Crimp offers the first single-authored book about the full range of Andy Warhol’s films in forty years—and the first since the films were put back into circulation.

In six essays, Crimp examines individual films, including Blow Job, Screen Test No. 2, and Warhol’s cinematic masterpiece The Chelsea Girls (perhaps the most commercially successful avant-garde film of all time), as well as groups of films related thematically or otherwise—films of seductions in confined places, films with scenarios by Ridiculous Theater playwright Ronald Tavel. Crimp argues that Warhol’s films make visible new, queer forms of sociality. Crimp does not view these films as cinéma-vérité documents of Warhol’s milieu, or as camera-abetted voyeurism, but rather as exemplifying Warhol’s inventive cinema techniques, his collaborative working methods, and his superstars’ unique capabilities. Thus, if Warhol makes visible new social relations, Crimp writes, that visibility is inextricable from his making a new kind of cinema.

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Douglas Crimp, Melancholia and Moralism: Essays on AIDS and Queer Politics, MIT Press, 2004

In Melancholia and Moralism, Crimp confronts the conservative gay politics that replaced the radical AIDS activism of the late 1980s and early 1990s. He shows that the cumulative losses from AIDS, including the waning of militant response, have resulted in melancholia as Freud defined it: gay men's dangerous identification with the moralistic repudiation of homosexuality by the wider society.

With the 1993 march on Washington for lesbian and gay rights, it became clear that AIDS no longer determined the agenda of gay politics; it had been displaced by traditional right issues such as gay marriage and the right to serve in the military. Journalist Andrew Sullivan, notorious for pronouncing the AIDS epidemic over, even claimed that once those few rights had been won, the gay rights movement would no longer have a reason to exist. 

Crimp challenges such complacency, arguing that not only is the AIDS epidemic far from over, but its determining role in queer politics has never been greater.

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