Paper $28.00 ISBN: 9780745336848 Published April 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
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Delirium and Resistance

Activist Art and the Crisis of Capitalism

Gregory Sholette

Delirium and Resistance

Gregory Sholette

Distributed for Pluto Press

Edited and with an Introduction by Kim Charnley
Foreword by Lucy R. Lippard
224 pages | 35 halftones | 6 x 9
Paper $28.00 ISBN: 9780745336848 Published April 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745336886 Published April 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
In the aftermath of the 2016 US election, Brexit, and a global upsurge of nationalist populism, it is evident that the delirium and the crisis of neoliberal capitalism is now the delirium and crisis of liberal democracy and its culture. And though capitalist crisis does not begin within art, art can reflect and amplify its effects to positive and negative ends. 
 
In this follow-up to his influential 2010 book, Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture, Sholette engages in critical dialogue with artists’ collectives, counter-institutions, and activist groups to offer an insightful firsthand account of the relationship between politics and art in neoliberal society. Sholette lays out clear examples of art’s deep involvement in capitalism: the dizzying prices achieved by artists who pander to the financial elite, the proliferation of museums that contribute to global competition between cities in order to attract capital, and the strange relationship between art and rampant gentrification that restructures the urban landscape. 
 
With a preface by noted author Lucy R. Lippard and an introduction by theorist Kim Charnley, Delirium and Resistance draws on over thirty years of critical debates and practices both in and beyond the art world to historicize and advocate for the art activist tradition that radically—and, at times, deliriously—entangles the visual arts with political struggles.
Review Quotes
Guerrilla Girls
''Read this book and you will never see contemporary art the same way again. So much of what's wrong with the global economy is wrong with the establishment art world and Sholette has been examining this for a long time in everything he does as an art person. In the many art worlds that exist, we’re happy and proud to be a part of his."
Andrew Hemingway, University College London
''Sholette is representative of a new artist type that emerged after Conceptualism in that his work as a critic, theorist, and curator is central to his practice as an artist. No-one else has come up with a category that rivals 'dark matter' as a hermeneutic for analysing the current political economy of art and the economic situation of artists, in all their variety. No-one else has quite the long-term commitment to collective practice or the record of publications on the theme. He is one of the most cogent artist-theorists currently working in the domain of social practice art.''
Gerald Raunig, author of DIVIDUUM: Machinic Capitalism and Molecular Revolution, Part 1
"Shifting between artistic practice, curating, writing, and activism, Sholette has been surfing the waves of activist art for more than three decades. His work is based on the multitude of lines drawn from the political art of the 20th century and expanding its realm as it reaches out to the transversal activisms of the 21st century. Delirium and Resistance is a manifesto documenting these developments in their broadest forms, from 1980s anti-gentrification efforts and 1990s tactical media practitioners, to the post-occupy-practices of our current circumstances." 
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