• Déjà Vu: Contemporary Art about Modernist Architecture
    Claire Bishop
    Thomas Hirschhorn
    Koenig Books, 2020
    Claire Bishop

Thomas Hirschhorn, Poor Iconology (6), 2019. Courtesy of the artist.

One of the most persistent themes in contemporary art since the early 1990s has been the quotation of iconic examples of modernist architecture and design, many of which are said to address “ruined modernity” and “failed utopias.” This short book charts the rise of this iconography and its appearance in different geopolitical contexts: East and Western Europe, North and South America. While many exhibitions have focused on this theme, none have attempted a historical survey of this phenomenon or a critical analysis of modernism's status for contemporary artists.

Claire Bishop is an art historian and critic, and professor in the PhD Program in Art History at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her publications include Installation Art: A Critical History (Tate, 2005); Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship (Verso, 2012), which won the Frank Jewett Mather Award for art criticism; and Radical Museology, or, What’s Contemporary in Museums of Contemporary Art? (Koenig, 2013). She is a regular contributor to Artforum and her books and articles have been translated into eighteen languages. She has received an Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant and research fellowships from the Clark Art Institute, New York University’s Center for Ballet and the Arts, and the New York Public Library.