Afterall Books considers new ways of writing and reading art history, in its One Work, Exhibition Histories and Critical Reader series.
Exhibition Histories offers critical analysis of exhibitions of contemporary art that have changed the way art is seen and made. Each title in the series addresses a different set of concerns, with reference to a particular exhibition or cluster of exhibitions in the last sixty years. All books include newly commissioned essays and interviews, key texts from the time (such as reviews) and compelling visual documentation. The series launched in October 2010 with Exhibiting the New Art ‘Op Losse Schroeven’ and ‘When Attitudes Become Form’ 1969.
One Work is a unique series of books, each of which presents a single work of art considered in detail by a single author. The focus of the series is on contemporary art and its aim is to provoke debate about significant moments in art’s recent development. Over the course of more than one hundred books, a variety of important works will be presented in a meticulous and generous manner by writers who believe passionately in the originality and significance of the works about which they have chosen to write.
Afterall Critical Readers look at currently significant areas of modern and contemporary art practice through collections of key texts. These survey publications incorporate a diverse range of contextual and archival material, ranging from art theory through to artists' statements and manifestos. Some of the essays we have brought together will seem familiar, others will have been hard to find and a number have been made available in English for the first time. Commissioned essays provide further insight into the various ideas represented through each book in this series.