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The Pablo Helguera Manual of Contemporary Art Style; ebook

The Pablo Helguera Manual of Contemporary Art Style; ebook
  • #: 7311
  • Price: $5.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Books
  • Updated: 2008-10-14
  • Current Version: 1.0
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  • Size: 0.70 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Tom Peck
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 2.0 or later
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"The Pablo Helguera Manual of Contemporary Art Style, a unique book on the social dynamics of today’s artworld. Printed originally in Spanish by Tumbona Ediciones, the book is in finally available its English version.

Manual of Contemporary Art Style offers an ironic, insightful, and humorous look at the inner social workings of the contemporary art scene, while functioning at the same time as an accurate and useful etiquette manual for understanding the intricate professional dynamics that take place in the art community today.

The Manual poses daring questions such as: Should one sleep with an artist whose work one does not like? What should one say to close friends when they exhibit bad work? How should one approach a dealer tastefully?  How can one escape from a never-ending video installation while in the presence of others?

Using the traditional language of old-time etiquette manuals, Helguera describes and addresses social situations in the art world that are familiar to all those who are involved in it, and yet  which are barely discussed beyond casual conversation. The Manual thus becomes a portrait of today's contemporary art scene, and the strange and paradoxical contradictions that it lives between fostering its image of radicalism and its need to cater to the financially conservative art market that sustains it.

The  Pablo Helguera Manual of Contemporary Art Style is an insightful and entertaining read both for the art specialist and the novice.

Author:

Pablo Helguera (Mexico City, 1971) is a visual artist. His work, which includes writing and performance, ranges from making phonographic recordings of dying languages to driving across the American continent (The School of Panamerican Unrest). He is the author of The Pablo Helguera Manual of Contemporary Art Style (2005), an etiquette manual for the art world, and the novel The Boy Inside the Letter (2008).



Commentaries:

You’ll find all sorts of things in Helguera’s Manual that aren’t in any other book: the difference between an A-level artist and a B-level artist, how to cure the dreaded “festivalist syndrome, ” how to keep your conviction that you’re the greatest artist in history, and whether it is ethical for a critic to sleep with an artist whose work she doesn’t like.

This is a very funny book. It masquerades as an old-fashioned guide to the manners and foibles of the art world, written by a savvy twenty-first century artist. But it is clever, and has many voices: snide like Miss Manners, sweet and impeccable like Emily Post, hapless like Bouvard and Pécuchet, earnest like an Art World for Dummies, sharp like Swift’s encyclopedia of clichés, sneaky like David Wilson’s fabricated documents for the Museum of Jurassic Technology. Helguera’s tongue seems to be in his cheek—that’s what you’re meant to think—but he is often very helpful, and everything he says is true.

James Elkins, author of  How to Use your Eyes and Our Beautiful, Dry and Distant Texts: Art History as Writing.

In the process of writing the rules of the game, Helguera also skewers its participants.

Rebeca Spence, ArtNews

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I couldn't believe this was an app! So glad I stumbled upon this book.
A must-read for anyone in the arts. At least for a good laugh...but what makes his points humorous is that many of them are rooted in truth.

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