New Jersey as Non-Site

Kelly Baum; With contributions by Beatriz Colomina, Kathryn Dammers, Hal Foster, William Gleason, Hendrik Hartog, and Ned Schefer

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November 26, 2013
176 pages, 8 5/8 x 11
150 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300174373
HC - Paper over Board

Distributed for the Princeton University Art Museum

“Best in Show” — 2014 AAM Museum Publications Design Competition


Between 1950 and 1975, some of the postwar era’s most innovative artists flocked to a very unexpected place: New Jersey. Appreciating what others tended to ignore or mock, they gravitated to the state’s most desolate peripheries: its industrial wastescapes, crumbling cities, crowded highways, and banal suburbs. There they produced some of the most important work of their careers. The breakthroughs in land, conceptual, performance, and site-specific art that New Jersey helped catalyze are the subject of New Jersey as Non-Site, whose title evokes the mixed-media sculptures that Robert Smithson began to create in 1968 while driving the state’s highways with Nancy Holt.

This catalogue examines more than 100 works by sixteen artists, including Amiri Baraka, George Brecht, Dan Graham, Allan Kaprow, Gordon Matta-Clark, and George Segal. Organized around three themes—ruin, cooperation, and displacement—Kelly Baum’s essay considers their work in relationship to seismic shifts in the world of art and equally dramatic changes to New Jersey’s economy, infrastructure, landscape, demography, and social stability.

Kelly Baum is the Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Princeton University Art Museum.

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

Princeton University Art Museum
(10/05/13–01/04/14)