Plastic Capitalism: Contemporary Art and the Drive to Waste

Plastic Capitalism: Contemporary Art and the Drive to Waste

In this provocative and original book, Amanda Boetzkes links the increasing visualization of waste in contemporary art to the rise of the global oil economy and the emergence of ecological thinking. Boetzkes argues that art is constitutive of an ecological consciousness, not simply an extension of it. Boetzkes examines a series of works by an international roster of celebrated artists, including Thomas Hirschhorn, Francis Alÿs, Song Dong, Tara Donovan, Agnès Varda, Gabriel Orozco, and Mel Chin, among others, mapping waste art from its modernist origins to the development of a new waste imaginary generated by contemporary artists

 

 

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