89 – Library
Libraries are institutions which don’t only accumulate knowledge, but also sacralize it for posterity. With the advance of digitization in institutions around the world, the role of a library as a physical place is in constant fluctuation. How do artists approach this seismic movement? How do artists incorporate the book culture into their work? What are the theoretical channels motivating critical expression regarding the transformation of libraries role? This issue explores the role, status and function of the library in contemporary art.
As the basis for social organization and the primary site of socialization, the family has drawn particular attention in the visual arts since the inception of art history. As contemporary art seems well engaged in an examination of cultural practices, the family, in all its forms, is returning to the spotlight. Many artists today revisit family traditions, sites, and taboos, challenge what has been held as unspeakable by digging into archives, and invent new, intimate forms of sociability out of biographical experiences. This issue reflects on family histories as they are rewritten in contemporary art.Order