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Biennials and Beyond

Exhibitions That Made Art History: 1962-2002

The most comprehensive reference book on the exhibitions that have changed contemporary art history


Price: USD$100.00

  • Assembles for the first time a wealth of rare documentary material and ephemera, including installation photographs, reviews and other contemporary publications
  • The only book that charts the 25 most groundbreaking exhibitions in such detail and scope. With an introductory essay and chapter introductions by Bruce Altshuler
  • The companion volume to Phaidon’s 2008 Salon to Biennial – Exhibitions that Made Art History: 1863–1959, winner of the Bannister Fletcher Award for best new book on art or architecture
  • An exceptional sourcebook for anyone interested in the history of contemporary art, exhibition design and curatorial practice

Biennials and Beyond documents 25 of the most significant and pioneering exhibitions that took place between 1962 and 2002. Some shows have been selected for their innovative installation, others for the impact they had on the reception of contemporary art either globally or in a given country, and yet others for the role they played in advancing significant trends in recent art. Together they form an exceptional sourcebook for anyone interested in contemporary art, the history of exhibitions and curatorial practice.

Within the past decade, the history of art exhibitions has become an important area of academic and critical inquiry. Exhibitions are hubs of interaction within the art world, the places where artists, dealers, critics, and collectors come together, and where the newest art first comes before the public. Biennials and Beyond is the first book to position a range of contemporary exhibitions in the context of art history, providing installation photographs, exhibition floor plans and critical texts from the time, as well as an expansive account of recent exhibition history by Bruce Altshuler.

Paired with Altshuler's Salon to Biennial: Exhibitions that Made Art History: 1863–1959, Biennials and Beyond outlines a new reading of art history based on canonical exhibitions. The volume surveys such post-war developments as the role of commercial galleries during the 1960s, the influence of museums and corporate groups, artist-run spaces, and the impact of globalization on the art world. Biennials and Beyond will be of great interest to the academic market, for adoption on courses on twentieth-century art at all levels, and it will have significant appeal to galleries, museums, collectors and a general public interested in contemporary art.


Format: Hardback
Size: 290 x 250 mm (11 3/8 x 9 7/8 in)
Pages: 412 pp
Illustrations: 550 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714864952

  Bruce Altshuler has compiled a second volume, following the award-winning Salon to Biennial, to plot the course of modern trans-Atlantic art history through pivotal exhibitions that have defined it. Rich in documentation hard to find elsewhere.
- Kenneth Baker, The San Francisco Chronicle

Bruce Altshuler is Director of the Program in Museum Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York University. Altshuler is the author of The Avant-Garde in Exhibition: New Art in the 20th Century and Isamu Noguchi, editor of Collecting the New: Museums and Contemporary Art and co-editor of Isamu Noguchi: Essays and Conversations. He has published numerous essays on modern and contemporary art and holds a PhD in Philosophy from Harvard University.


Contents and Sections:


01 Dylaby, Amsterdam, 1962
02 New Realists, New York, 1962
03 Primary Structures, New York, 1966
04 Arte Povera + Azioni Povere, Amalfi, 1968
05 January 5-31, 1969, New York, 1969
06 When Attitudes Become Form, Bern, 1969
07 557,087, Seattle, 1969
08 Information, New York, 1970
09 Sonsbeek 71, The Netherlands, 1971
10 Documenta 5, Kassel, 1972
11 The Bulldozer Exhibition, Moscow, 1974
12 The Times Square Show, New York, 1980
13 A New Spirit in Painting, London, 1981
14 Les Immatériaux, Paris, 1985
15 Chambres d’Amis, Ghent, 1986
16 Second Havana Biennial, 1986
17 Freeze, London, 1988
18 China /Avant-Garde, Beijing, 1989
19 Magiciens de la Terre, Paris, 1989
20 Places with a Past, Charleston, 1991
21 Whitney Biennial, New York, 1993
22 Traffic, Bordeaux, 1996
23 Cities on the Move, Vienna, 1997
24 24th São Paulo Biennial, 1998
25 Documenta 11, Kassel, 2002

Selected Bibliography


Salon to Biennial
Art in Time
The Art of Forgery
Painting Beyond Pollock
The Story of Art

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