|Language||English and French|
|Publication editor||Josée Drouin-Brisebois|
|Publisher||Musée des Beaux-Arts du Canada|
Caught in the Act: The Viewer as Performer
A collection of original essays that looks at sculpture - not as an inanimate object - but as an art form that engages, and even relies on, the spectator. This overview of artists working today shows that each has come to sculpture from a different perspective, including performance, installation, environmental art, minimal art, body art, video and relationist aesthetics. In contrast to the conventional relationships between work, artist, and spectator, these sculptures and installations emphatically declare the role of the participant over the authorial role of the artist - indeed, over the very art object itself. Whether immersive environments, sculptures involving a bodied spectator, or encounters that promote interaction, all of these works reflect current interest in participatory art practices. Artists discussed include Mowry Baden, Rebecca Belmore, Max Dean, Geoffrey Farmer, Massimo Guerrera, Rodney La Tourelle, Jennifer Marman & Daniel Borins, Kent Monkman and Jana Sterbak.
The main essay is accompanied by contributions from Greg Hill, Curator of Indigenous Art, independent researcher Anne-Marie Ninacs and arts writer Stephen Horne. Also featured is a text project by performance artist Glen Johnson (a.k.a. Hugh Briss).
2008, 256 pages
English and French
Musée des Beaux-Arts du Canada