Published by Hatje Cantz. Text by Sabine Breitwieser, Andrea Fraser, Shannon Jackson, Sven Lütticken.
Controversial, provocative and poignantly humorous, American artist Andrea Fraser (born 1965) is one of the most influential and pioneering figures of her generation and has been captivating a devoted audience for more than 30 years. She employs a wide range of media, including prints, photographs, installations and performances as well as texts and videos, time and again reformulating the same fundamental questions: what do we want from art, how do we view it and how does the art market distribute it? This richly illustrated catalogue presents a full overview of the artist's career for the first time. It assembles the early Four Posters (1984) as well as her famous performances such as Museum Highlights (1989), Inaugural Speech (1997) and Official Welcome (2001/03), linking them with her most recent videos.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Carla Cugini. Text by Gregg Bordowitz, Helmut Draxler, Barbara Engelbach, Andrea Fraser. Afterword by Philipp Kaiser, Enno Scholma, Hanspeter Sauter.
Over the past ten years, Los Angeles–based artist Andrea Fraser (born 1965) has built a practice around critiques of art-world economics, which she has presented in essays, performances and videos. This book brings together for the first time a selection of Fraser’s recent texts.
Best known for her performance critiques of art institutions, art publications, art sponsorship, and cultural transfer--think subversive museum docent--Andrea Fraser is one of the more prominent artists to raise institutional criticism to the level of art itself. Since the early 90s, when she would stage tours through exhibitions or hold discussions on art, her work has developed a more deliberately visual character. Working now mostly in video installation, Fraser produces such imagery as Soldadera, a video in which she plays a revolutionary on horseback, evoking the time of the Mexican revolution and the problem of North-American influence on Mexico in the 1930s. In Exhibition, she appears as a scantily-clad Samba dancer, demonstrating the important place of popular culture in an art context. This monograph, the most complete published on the artist to date, reveals the diversity of her work; also included are her critical texts, documents fundamental to the interpretation of her artistic oeuvre.