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Grant H. Kester makes the concept of dialogical art more textured and complex with each new work he discusses, providing both richness of description and depth of understanding. Without being authoritarian or heavy-handed, the book is definitive, exhaustively researched, and comprehensive. It is likely to remain the premier resource of information on community-based dialogical art for years to come and will be required reading for all courses that deal with the social implications of art. By treating the relationship between art and democracy as pedagogical, performative, and ethical, he revives our understanding of the importance of civic engagement, solidarity, conversation, and public intervention. This book is brilliant, brave, and enormously informative.

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Access options available:. Trade, paper. Grant Kester's intention in this book is not just to define and conceptualize community or socially engaged art but to trace its antecedents in art history, locate it in relation to critical theory, and provide a framework for responding to it and evaluating it.

He succeeds on all counts. In the search for the roots of this art form, Kester undertakes a brilliant critical re-evaluation of art critical methodologies. He tackles the important question head on: All the works he examines were presented as works of art as opposed to social or political activism, so what does it mean to take this claim seriously? How can a critical response be formulated?

Kester's attempt to answer this question leads him to question the tradition of art criticism and, in doing so, he challenges and expands the whole subject of art theory. Anyone interested in art theory and criticism today [End Page ] will find the first two chapters of the book interesting. Kester's definition of a socially engaged art practice is one in which the aesthetic experience is constructed so as to challenge conventional social perceptions.

This is a non-object-based artistic practice that is more concerned with communication and praxis. Kester takes as his first example an orchestrated series of conversations on a boat involving politicians, sex workers, journalists and activists in Zurich. Their task was to discuss the issues and problems faced by drug addicts in Zurich who had turned to prostitution to support their habits.

The eventual outcome of these ritualized conversations between parties with conflicting views was a safe haven for sex workers.

Kester considers and develops his theory in relation to numerous other socially engaged art practices that are described throughout the book. His direct engagement with this work is valuable not only to test his ideas, but also because it has the additional benefit of reclaiming and preserving some of this work, which so easily disappears from the historian's and critic's gaze precisely because it does not produce objects that can be preserved and displayed in collections.

Kester shows how these collaborative, socially engaged artworks are structured through processes of exchange and dialogue that unfold over time. In all these ways they challenge conventional notions of art—even the art of the avant-garde—that are founded on a concept of aesthetic experience that is instantaneous and provides the viewer with a shock of insight. But Kester's engagement with these works also shows that while the concept of the aesthetic is central to his definition of this work, it does not feature or features little in his descriptions and analyses of the actual works themselves.

This is probably the major weakness in the book, as without a more prominent role for the aesthetic at this level it is easy for the reader to begin to understand these works as drama or sociology. Yet the concept of the aesthetic is central to Kester's theory, and he is insistent that this is not a hybrid art form that cuts across boundaries.

His argument that dialogue is central to these artworks and that they "unfold through a process of performative interaction" p. Kester is aware that his analysis focuses more on the communicative practices of this work as opposed to its visual impact, and one is left believing that the application of his theory could be developed further to more fully embrace the aesthetic and thus claim this work entirely for the visual arts. Kester has provided an impressive critical and historical foundation for this often-ignored artistic practice.

The debate on the nature and value of this art form has been enriched immeasurably. I look forward to Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

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Some of the most innovative art of the past decade has been created far outside conventional galleries and museums. In a parking garage in Oakland, California; on a pleasure boat on the Lake of Zurich in Switzerland; at a public market in Chiang Mai, Thailand—artists operating at the intersection of art and cultural activism have been developing new forms of collaboration with diverse audiences and communities. Their projects have addressed such issues as political conflict in Northern Ireland, gang violence on Chicago's West Side, and the problems of sex workers in Switzerland. Provocative, accessible, and engaging, this book, one of the first full-length studies on the topic, situates these socially conscious projects historically, relates them to key issues in contemporary art and art theory, and offers a unique critical framework for understanding them. Grant Kester discusses a disparate network of artists and collectives—including The Art of Change, Helen and Newton Harrison, Littoral, Suzanne Lacy, Stephen Willats, and WochenKlausur—united by a desire to create new forms of understanding through creative dialogue that crosses boundaries of race, religion, and culture. Grant H.

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Grant H. Some of the most innovative art of the past decade has been created far outside conventional galleries and museums. In a parking garage in Oakland, California; on a pleasure boat on the Lake of Zurich in Switzerland; at a public market in Chiang Mai, Thailand—artists operating at the intersection of art and cultural activism have been developing new forms of collaboration with diverse audiences and communities. Their projects have addressed such issues as political conflict in Northern Ireland, gang violence on Chicago's West Side, and the problems of sex workers in Switzerland. Provocative, accessible, and engaging, this book, one of the first full-length studies on the topic, situates these socially conscious projects historically, relates them to key issues in contemporary art and art theory, and offers a unique critical framework for understanding them. Grant Kester discusses a disparate network of artists and collectives—including The Art of Change, Helen and Newton Harrison, Littoral, Suzanne Lacy, Stephen Willats, and WochenKlausur—united by a desire to create new forms of understanding through creative dialogue that crosses boundaries of race, religion, and culture.

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