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Over the course of her 40-year career, Martha Wilson has been a meticulous record-keeper, of her own work as a video, photo, conceptual artist, and of the material generated by peers and colleagues. A co-founder of Disband, speculative Guerrilla Girl, and founder of Franklin Furnace (NY), she's been a consistent champion of the avant-garde while maintaing a healthy skepticism of its veracity. Even as conceptual and feminist art principles crystallized into the academic and public spheres, much of the work produced dealt with issues of time, performativity, and unstable identities - accordingly, their practice mirrored the ephemerality of the material produced. While teaching at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Canada) she had already begun documenting works she produced and saw; a methodology that would lay the foundation for explorations of her own subjectivity as both artist and object, and a contextual framing of history as we attempt to understand their present.
Martha Wilson Sourcebook: 40 Years of Reconsidering Performance, Feminism, Alternative Spaces by Martha Wilson. With Kate Fowle, Moira Roth. A compendium of landmark publications, including rare archival documents and primary research materials, including The Second Sex (Simone de Beauvoir), The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life (Erving Goffman), On Photography (Susan Sontag), and the entirety of the exhibition catalogue for C. 7,500 (Lucy Lippard), the groundbreaking 1973 exhibition of women conceptual artists. A living archive. 8.5" x 11", 256 pages. $25. Add to cart