Author(s): Charles Merewether
The significance of the archive in modernity and in contemporary art; writings by Sigmund Freud, Michel Foucault, Hal Foster, and others, and essays on the archival practice of such artists as Gerhard Richter, Christian Boltanski, Renee Green, and The Atlas Group.
" The Archive is a collection of pivotal essays on the role of archives in modern art and history... The book"s playful design employs pull quotes resembling children"s lettering, street-art manifestos or eye exams. One such is from Walter Benjamin"s essay: "A Short History of Photography," showing the inspirational potential f archival material: "Utrillo painted his fascinating views of Paris not from life but from picture postcards." Susan Salter Reynolds Los Angeles Times
Charles Merewether is an art historian and writer on contemporary and postwar art who has taught at universities in the United States, Central and South America, and Australia. Collections Curator at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles from 1994 to 2004, he is Artistic Director and Curator for the 2006 Sydney Biennale.