In recent decades artists have progresively expanded the boundaries of art, as they have sought to engage with an increasingly varied social, political and cultural environment. Likewise, being an artist, teaching, curating and/or interpreting art and visual culture is no longer the perogative of traditional disciplines, but consists of overlapping practices centered on significant ideas, topics and themes. Ranging from the Everyday to Beauty, the psychoanalytical to the political.
The Documents of Contemporary Arts series emerges from these contexts. Each volume -edited by a guest scholar, artist critic or curator - focuses on a specific subject or body of thought that has been a key influence on current international art.
For over a century the Whitechapel Gallery has offered a publlic platform for art and ideas. In the same spirit, each Reader editor represents a distinct yet diverse approach. Each volume will adress not just a professional audience but all interested readers. Judge for yourself.