Painting, Sculpture, Installation, and Architecture ( Parachute The Anthology. vol. 4)
Fourth and final volume of the anthology (1975-2000), focusing on painting, sculpture, installation, and architecture.\nIn 1975, a small group of enterprising, discontented members of the international art community in the Canadian province of Quebec posed the following question: What do we know of contemporary art outside of Quebec, in Canada or abroad? Do we even know what contemporary art exists in Montreal? How does information about art circulate? By way of an answer, the artistically unconventional and theoretically cutting-edge magazine Parachute was launched, founded by Chantal Pontbriand and France Morin. Artists such as Jeff Wall, Bill Viola, Stan Douglas, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, and many others, had the first significant critical reception of their work in Parachute. Similarly, figures such as Douglas Crimp, Thomas Crow, Thierry de Duve, Georges Didi-Huberman, Hal Foster, Reesa Greenberg, Serge Guilbaut, and Laura Mulvey, all of whom have helped define the parameters of art history, theory, and practice, published rigorous, highly pertinent essays in the journal early on in their careers. \nFollowing the three volumes entitled Museums, Art History, and Theory, Performance & Performativity, and Photography, Film, Video, and New Media, this last title of the Parachute anthology focuses on painting, sculpture, installation, and architecture: the so-called traditional and academic media. They are approached from several perspectives: from new theories of aesthetic production, especially painting, to the expansion of the art world to other artistic territories during the 1980s and 1990s (Russia and South America for instance), from the lessons of postmodernism to the definition and exhibition challenges caused by the proliferation of installation art. The essays discuss works by artists such as Lothar Baumgarten, Mona Hatoum, Guillermo Kuitca, Louise Lawler, Reinhard Mucha, Jackson Pollock, Robert Ryman, Michael Snow, Sots Art artists, and include two particularly seminal artist’s essays: Dan Graham on Gordon Matta-Clark, and Jeff Wall on Édouard Manet.\nA contemporary art historian, critic, and curator, Chantal Pontbriand co-founded Parachute in 1975 and edited its 125 issues until 2007.