Installation Art. A critical history (2005)
creator(s) Claire Bishop (author)
publisher Tate Publishing

The book provides a history and critical examination of what is understood by 'installation art'. The author explores the idea of categorizing installation art works according to the different kinds of experience they structure for the viewer. Bishop distinguishes between four types of subject models: dream scene, heightened perception, mimetic engulfment, and activated spectatorship. As well as exploring the methodologies of the artists examined, the author also explains the critical theory that informed their work. The book can be read as an alternative approach to common historical readings of installation art and takes the viewer experience/subject models as a starting point for analyses. (VvS)

144 pages, London, ISBN 1-85437-518-0

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