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Adrian Piper : a retrospective
Piper, Adrian, 1948-
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Publication Information:
Baltimore, Md. : Fine Arts Gallery, Univ. of Maryland ; New York : distributed by D.A.P., Distributed Art Publishers, 1999.
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219 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm.
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Catalog of an exhibition held at the Fine Arts Gallery, University of Maryland, Oct. 14, 1999-Jan. 15, 2000 and New Museum of Contemporary, New York, Oct. 4, 2001-Jan. 13, 2002.
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N6537.P5 A4 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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This retrospective catalogue focuses on a key aspect of Adrian Piper's work: the relationship between its aesthetic form and its political and emotional message. Over the past thirty years, Piper has melded the visual devices of photo-conceptualism with the body-oriented concerns of minimalist sculpture and performance. Ultimately, this book demonstrates that a groundbreaking connection exists between form and content in Piper's work -- a connection that allows her moving social commentary on racism and sexism to be more deeply felt by the viewer. Encompassing all of the areas of her artistic output from 1965 through 2000, this is the most comprehensive collection to date of Adrian Piper's work.

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Library Journal Review

The multitalented Piper has exhibited conceptual art and sound works, staged influential performance pieces, and pursued a successful academic career as a philosopher through four decades. This catalog to her most comprehensive retrospective to date was assembled by Berger, a curator at the museum of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. As a woman of color who is not recognized as such by the average person, she frequently confronts pure racism head on in her daily life and has dealt with it often in art that is both thoughtful and confrontational. This catalog is a very fine record of Piper's diverse work from the late 1960s through the 1990s, clearly presenting conceptual pieces that can be difficult to reproduce in print. A necessary adjunct for libraries that have Piper's collected writings (Out of Order, Out of Site, LJ 7/96), this is highly recommended on its own as a study of minimal and conceptual art and of art created on social issues for both large public and academic libraries.--Mary Hamel-Schwulst, Towson Univ., MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.