The NEA announced its latest string of grant recipients this week, with $35.6 million earmarked for a range of projects that “demonstrate the vitality of the humanities across our nation” according to Shelly C. Lowe, the endowment’s chairwoman, and “support humanities programs and opportunities for underserved students and communities.”
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Thomas Hirschhorn: Establishing a Critical Corpus
Edited by Thomas Bizzarri, Thomas Hirschhorn. Text by Claire Bishop, Hal Foster, Yasmil Raymond.
Published on the occasion of his exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion of the 2011 Venice Biennale, Establishing a Critical Corpus is the first theoretical examination of the work of Thomas Hirschhorn (born 1957), in six illustrated essays by authors including scholars Claire Bishop and Hal Foster and the poet Manuel Joseph, providing a variety of angles on Hirschhorn’s practice.
Thomas Hirschhorn is a Swiss artist who is known for his works of transforming white cube spaces into captivating environments that tackle the issues of global politics and consumerism. He engages the viewer and overloads the senses through superabundance. Hirschhorn combines found imagery and texts, bound up in low-tech constructions of cardboard, foil, and packing tape, he props imagistic assaults in a DIY-fashion that correlates to the intellectual scavenging and sensory overload designed to simulate our own process of grappling with the excess of information in daily life.