Social Medium: Artists Writing, 2000–2015

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Edited by Jennifer Liese

Listed among ArtNews’s best art books of the decade

Since the turn of the millennium, artists have been writing, and circulating their writing, like never before. The seventy-five texts gathered here—essays, criticism, manifestos, fiction, diaries, scripts, blog posts, and tweets—chart a complex era in the art world and the world at large, weighing in on the exigencies of our times in unexpected and inventive ways.

Release Date: October 20, 2016. 
544 pages. 
Perfect bound, 6 x 8 1/2".

Praise for Social Medium

“A thoroughly engrossing read ... entertaining as well as intellectually stimulating.”
—Oliver Basciano, ArtReview


“The distinct textures of these individual voices together produce a larger portrait – not of a collective, but of art with a capital A: something far from prescription or cohesion, unable to be contained, requiring the work and words of many.”
Jennifer Krasinski, Frieze


“As this indispensable anthology so engagingly demonstrates, legions of artists armed with laptops have for the past fifteen years brilliantly hacked the ways we think about 21st-century culture and politics. Full of imaginative texts and revolutionary ideas, this is a user’s guide to the postinternet era.”
Brian Wallis, editor of Blasted Allegories: An Anthology of Writings by Contemporary Artists


“This is such a beautiful book because the real thought balloon of the art world is exactly these brainy and ecstatic citizens’ writings. Hang out a lot with them please — gain everything and miss nothing. Watch ‘democracy’ get palped and monitored, challenged and witnessed here. I’d call Social Medium a deep vacation into the present, which we totally need.”
—Eileen Myles, author of Chelsea Girls


With Contributions By:

Greg Allen, Rasheed Araeen, Tauba Auerbach, Fia Backström, Fiona Banner, Bill Beckley, Caroline Bergvall, Bernadette Corporation, Xu Bing, Gregg Bordowitz, James Bridle, Bruce High Quality Foundation, Tania Bruguera, Paul Chan, Mel Chin, Molly Crabapple, Critical Art Ensemble, Moyra Davey, Tacita Dean, David Diao, Jimmie Durham, Shannon Ebner, Harrell Fletcher, Andrea Fraser, Coco Fusco, Rainer Ganahl, Ryan Gander, Mariam Ghani, Renée Green, Deanna Havas, Pablo Helguera, Karl Holmqvist, Ashley Hunt, Juliana Huxtable, Emily Jacir, Helen Johnson, Ronald Jones, Nina Katchadourian, Mike Kelley, John Kelsey, Jutta Koether, Glenn Ligon, Yve Lomax, LTTR, Jill Magid, Josiah Mcelheny, John Miller, Naeem Mohaiemen, Nástio Mosquito, Takashi Murakami, Jayson Musson, Olu Oguibe, Marisa Olson, Şener Özmen, Katrina Palmer, Adam Pendleton, Mai-Thu Perret, Adrian Piper, Pope.L, Seth Price, Raqs Media Collective, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Kay Rosen, Peter Rostovsky/David Geers, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Mira Schor, Karin Schneider and Nicolás Guagnini, Michael Schwab, Gregory Sholette, Slavs And Tatars, Cally Spooner, Frances Stark, Hito Steyerl, Koki Tanaka, Ryan Trecartin, Suzanne Treister, Dmitry Vilensky, W.A.G.E., Mary Walling Blackburn, Ai Weiwei, The Yes Men, Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, and Qiu Zhijie


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