Fred Wilson

A Critical Reader

An anthology of critical texts and interviews with the American artist Fred Wilson, this publication focuses on the artist’s pivotal exhibitions and projects, and includes a wide range of significant texts that mark the critical reception of Wilson’s work over the last two decades.

Brought together for the first time here, these reviews, interviews and essays are from sources that are largely out of print. The texts are accompanied by a large section of full colour illustrations that show the artist’s work from the early 1990s to present day.

Concentrating on some of the most significant moments of Wilson’s career, the book focuses on essays from exhibition catalogues such as Mining the Museum and Speak of Me as I Am – Wilson’s installation in the American Pavilion at the 50th Venice Biennale exhibition – and interviews with the artist himself.

An installation artist and political activist, Wilson’s subject is social justice and his medium is museology. Subjects of anthropology, slavery, colonialization and ethnic identity run throughout his work.

His unique artist approach is to examine, question, and deconstruct the traditional display of art and artifacts in museums. With the use of new wall labels, sounds, lighting, and non-traditional pairings of objects, Wilson leads viewers to recognize that changes in context create changes in meaning.

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