INVISIBLE: Art about the Unseen, 1957-2012
I’m reading/looking at the exhibition catalogue INVISIBLE: Art about the Unseen, 1957-2012 (Hayward Publishing, 2012), which intimately relates to Craig Dworkin’s No Medium (MIT Press, 2013), a stimulating study which I reviewed last month in Hyperallergic.
Here’s a nice quote from Ralph Rugoff’s introductory essay, “How To Look at Invisible Art”:
…this kind of work leads us to wonder about our usual criteria for engaging with pictures and sculptures, and whether they may miss the mark. If we ignore any part of what art has to offer us, we effectively render it invisible. With our ceaseless merry-go-round of international art fairs and the headline-grabbing spectacle of auction houses selling works for mind-boggling sums, have we not already rendered invisible a great deal of contemporary art? Or consider the way that museum buildings are now often designed as architectural showpieces that attract more attention than the artworks they house. Under these conditions, art disappears as a mere backdrop for flamboyant displays of social capital. In such a context the idea of invisible art can be a much-needed tonic.