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Decoys and Disruptions
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Martha Rosler's practice demonstrates that feminism is not a politics of the few but a politics of the many, and that gender inequality is neither distince from racial and class injustice nor separable from the politics of representation and power relations of the artistic field. Decoys and Disruptions constitutes a theory of activist art at its fiercest, most complex, and most urgent. -- Linda Nochlin, Lila Acheson Wallace Professor of Modern Art, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University Martha Rosler, one of the most important critical thinkers and artists of the present, becomes available in this collection of vitally important essays. Her work constitutes a major oeuvre in the analysis of the processes of power in our society -- processes so embedded in the practices of daily life that we no longer se or know them. Her trenchant and lucid analyses of the relations between life worlds and art worlds is ever more timely in its historical depth and contemporary relevance. -- Griselda Pollock, University of Leeds For many years, and almost singlehandedly, Martha Rosler has provided a solid theoretical basis for critical studies in photography and video. This collection of her lucid essays is a useful compilation of her most important theoretical work. Seeing the essays (and a fascinating collection of photographs) together in this book, one is struck by the depth of her work: a unique blend of insight as critical clarity and art as idea. -- DeeDee Halleck, independent film maker, and Professor Emeritus of Communications, University of California, San Diego

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Martha Rosler lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She has taught and lectured on photography since the mid-1970s. Her work was the subject of a major retrospective, "Martha Rosler: Positions in the Life World," in 2000. She is the author of 14 books and numerous essays.

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Artist, critic, and Rutgers University professor Rosler (If You Lived Here) is best known for her videos, photomontages, and photographs of everyday objects or environments freighted with socially conscious significance. She has also been a trenchant observer of political and aesthetic developments in the arts and has written incisively on the subjects of government funding and documentary photography, seeking a reappraisal of its significance and exploitative potential. This book is the first to bring together her most powerful essays and politico-aesthetic observations, written between 1975 and 2001. Included are the landmark "Theses on Defunding," "In, Around and Afterthoughts," and "Post Documentary? Post Photography?" With their lucid articulation and intellectually complex theories, the essays clearly position Rosler within the postmodern cultural pantheon. The result is a valuable overview of her philosophy that also offers a strong sense of the cultural attitudes and debates gripping each era. Recommended for all collections focusing on postmodern and feminist art theory and cultural studies.-Savannah Schroll, formerly with Smithsonian Inst. Libs., Washington, DC Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

"For many years, and almost single-handedly, Martha Rosler has provided a solid theoretical basis for critical studies in photography and video. This collection of her lucid essays is a useful compilation of her most important theoretical work. Seeing the essays (and a fascinating collection of photographs) together in this book, one is struck by the depth of her work: a unique blend of insight as critical clarity and art as idea." DeeDee Halleck, independent film maker and Professor Emeritus of Communications, University of California, San Diego "For many years, and almost singlehandedly, Martha Rosler has provided a solid theoretical basis for critical studies in photography and video. This collection of her lucid essays is a useful compilation of her most important theoretical work. Seeing the essays (and a fascinating collection of photographs) together in this book, one is struck by the depth of her work: a unique blend of insight as critical clarity and art as idea."--DeeDee Halleck, independent film maker, and Professor Emeritus of Communications, University of California, San Diego

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