ART CRITICISM, THEORY AND HISTORY

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David Zwirner Books

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On Contemporary Art

By César Aira. Foreword by Will Chancellor. Afterword by Alexandra Kleeman. Translated by Katherine Silver.

Portrait of César Aira, by by Nina Subin, is from 'On Contemporary Art.'

Translated into English for the first time, On Contemporary Art, a speech by the renowned novelist César Aira, was delivered at a 2010 colloquium in Madrid dedicated to bridging the gap between writing and the visual arts. On Aira's dizzying and dazzling path, everything comes under question—from reproducibility of artworks to the value of the written word itself. In the end, Aira leaves us stranded on the bridge between writing and art that he set out to construct in the first place, flailing as we try to make sense of where we stand. On Contemporary Art exemplifies what David Zwirner Books' ekphrasis series is dedicated to doing—exploring the space in which words give meaning to objects, and objects shape our words. Like the great writers Walter Benjamin and Hermann Broch before him, Aira operates in the space between fiction and essay writing, art and analysis. Pursuing questions about reproducibility, art making, and limits of language, Aira's unique voice adds new insights to the essential conversations that continue to inform our understanding of art.

César Aira was born in Coronel Pringles, Argentina, in 1949, and has lived in Buenos Aires since 1967. One of the most celebrated authors in Latin America, Aira has published more than 120 books. His novel How I Became a Nun (1993) was chosen as one of Argentina's ten best books. Many of his novels are available in English translation through New Directions.


Portrait of César Aira, by by Nina Subin, is from 'On Contemporary Art.'

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By Alice Michel. Translated by Jeff Nagy.

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By Jean-Claude Lebensztejn. Translated by Jeff Nagy.

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