The Photographic Object: 1970, published.

February 12th, 2016

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Today I received my copy of this long awaited book. I had two works in Photography Into Sculpture in 1970 at MOMA. There was never a catalog, although the show traveled two years and countless people were influenced by it. Thanks to a renewed interest in that time period there have been several restagings of this show. Mary Statzer, the editor of the book, visited my studio to record an interview with me.

The book is available from The University of California Press.

A review of the show found in the NY Times is here:
The Hauser& Wirth version of the show in NYC is here:

Blurbs about the book:
“This highly original, carefully researched book sheds new light on a landmark (though little-studied) photography exhibition. Focusing on a key set of artists and formal strategies that helped prepare the ground for the mixed-media practices that are dominant in the art world today, it will be of interest to a broad range of artists, scholars, and museum professionals concerned with modern and contemporary art.”—Matthew Biro, author of The Dada Cyborg: Visions of the New Human in Weimar Berlin

“In a digital era, and as photography’s definition and various roles are being questioned, The Photographic Object 1970 reminds us that the medium is continually being redefined and rethought. Taking a fresh look at a pivotal cultural moment, essays in this book explore curatorial and institutional insights and limitations and argue convincingly that adventurous exhibitions, as well as the various forms photographs take, benefit from a second look and new perspectives.”—Marvin Heiferman, author of Photography Changes Everything

“As boundaries between traditional art disciplines are being questioned, blurred, and traversed as never before, Mary Statzer’s book about a prescient but overlooked exhibition and moment in history could hardly be more timely. Contained within this exhaustive anthology of essays, interviews, and discussions are invaluable lessons for artists, institutions, and historians alike.”—Joshua Chuang, Chief Curator, Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona