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The Archive (Whitechapel
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"Contemporary art constantly requires the construction of new lineages, new histories, to render it critically intelligible. The idea of the archive is currently at the centre of such activities. This anthology offers an illuminating mix of texts, interlacing analysis with artists' writings... and a useful antidote to sentimentalizations of the past." Peter Osborne , Director of the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University, and editor of Conceptual Art

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Charles Merewether is an art historian and writer on contemporary and postwar art who has taught at universities in the United States, Central and South America, and Australia. Collections Curator at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles from 1994 to 2004, he is Artistic Director and Curator for the 2006 Sydney Biennale.

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"Contemporary art constantly requires the construction of new lineages, new histories, to render it critically intelligible. The idea of the archive is currently at the centre of such activities. This anthology offers an illuminating mix of texts, interlacing analysis with artists' writings... and a useful antidote to sentimentalizations of the past." Peter Osborne , Director of the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University, and editor of Conceptual Art " The Archive is a collection of pivotal essays on the role of archives in modern art and history... The book"s playful design employs pull quotes resembling children"s lettering, street-art manifestos or eye exams. One such is from Walter Benjamin"s essay: "A Short History of Photography," showing the inspirational potential f archival material: "Utrillo painted his fascinating views of Paris not from life but from picture postcards." Susan Salter Reynolds Los Angeles Times

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