Social Medium: Artists Writing, 2000–2015
edited by Jennifer Liese
Since the turn of the millennium, artists have been writing, and circulating their writing,
like never before. The seventy-five texts gathered here — essays, criticism, manifestos,
fiction, diaries, scripts, blog posts, and tweets — chart a complex era in the art world and
the world at large, weighing in on the exigencies of our times in unexpected and inventive ways.
Release Date: October 20, 2016.
Perfect bound, 6 x 8 1/2".
Praise for Social Medium:
"A thoroughly engrossing read ... entertaining as well as intellectually stimulating."
—Oliver Basciano, ArtReview
"The distinct textures of these individual voices together produce a larger portrait – not of a collective,
but of art with a capital A: something far from prescription or cohesion, unable to be contained, requiring the work and words of many."
— Jennifer Krasinski, Frieze
“As this indispensable anthology so engagingly demonstrates, legions of artists armed with laptops have for
the past fifteen years brilliantly hacked the ways we think about 21st-century culture and politics.
Full of imaginative texts and revolutionary ideas, this is a user’s guide to the postinternet era.”
—Brian Wallis, editor of Blasted Allegories: An Anthology of Writings by Contemporary Artists
“This is such a beautiful book because the real thought balloon of the art world is exactly these brainy and ecstatic citizens’ writings.
Hang out a lot with them please — gain everything and miss nothing. Watch ‘democracy’ get palped and monitored, challenged and witnessed here. I’d call Social Medium a deep vacation into the present, which we totally need.”
— Eileen Myles, author of Chelsea Girls