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JRP|Ringier

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Hardcover, 6.75 x 9.25 in. / 224 pgs / 151 color / 81 bw.

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Out of print

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Catalog: FALL 2011 p. 78   

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ISBN 9783037641620 TRADE
List Price: $39.95 CDN $50.00

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Paris
Musée d'Art Moderne, 02/11/11-04/30/11

Los Angeles, CA
MOCA, Summer 2011

Toronto
Art Gallery of Ontario, Fall 2011

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General Idea: A Retrospective 1969-1994

Edited by Frédéric Bonnet. Text by Jean-Christophe Ammann, AA Bronson, Louise Dompierre, Elisabeth Lebovici, David Moos.

General Idea: A Retrospective 1969-1994General Idea was founded in Toronto in 1969 by Felix Partz, Jorge Zontal and AA Bronson as a generic identity to free the artists “from the tyranny of individual genius.” Under the leadership of their fictitious muse Miss General Idea, and inspired by William Burroughs' conception of the “image virus,” the collective interrogated media image culture through now legendary projects like File magazine, as well as paintings, installations, sculptures, mail art, photographs, videos, ephemera, TV programs and even a beauty pageant. General Idea came to an end in 1994, when Partz and Zontal died of AIDS. Today General Idea can be seen to anticipate the later art collectives of the 1970s as well as aspects of Relational Aesthetics in the 1990s. This volume presents an overview of the Canadian collective's bold mingling of reality and fiction and their frequently transgressive, parodic incursions upon both art and society. It traces such prevalent themes of their oeuvre as the mystique of the artist and the creative process, glamour as a creative tool, art's relationship to media and mass culture, architecture and archaeology, sexuality and AIDS. Including newly commissioned essays and reprinted texts, this volume is richly illustrated with documents and reproductions of the most significant projects realized by General Idea between 1969 and 1994.

Featured image, General Idea in front of 'Test Pattern: T.V. Dinner Places from the Miss General Idea Pavillion', 1988, is produced from General Idea: A Retrospective 1969-1994.

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FROM THE BOOK
"General Idea consistently and extensively expressed its vision of art and practice, notably with the convenient help of the magazine it founded in 1972, FILE. In 1975 FILE published a special issue on 'Glamour,' which included an article with that title. This text functioned like a basic manifesto even as it took a critical and humorous look at the condition of the artist. With a fine, lucid irony that with hindsight reads like a visionary prediction of the future development of much behavior and posturing in the realm of contemporary art, the group directly posited, with a hint of provocation, the preeminence of artists and of an artistic attitude."

Frédéric Bonnet, excerpted from Setting the Stage: Back to Reality! in General Idea: A Retrospective 1969-1994.

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