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Nicolas de Oliveira
Hans Op de Beeck: On Vanishing

Authored book

Mercatorfonds & Xavier Hufkens
ISBN: 9789061537113
368 pages

co-author: Nicola Oxley

The research for this outcome is concerned with the co-authors’ long-standing interest in installation art. Here, the emphasis lies with the problematic of representing experience- and duration-based work, such as installation art and video, through text.

Does the writing of a text impact significantly on the spectator’s perception of the work itself, and, if so, what is the contribution of the writer as another author in this context, and what key challenges are faced?

The book is a monograph on the Belgian artist Hans Op de Beeck, whom the authors have exhibited through their organisation Museum of Installation in The Scarecrow, Greece, 2006 and Scale, London, 2002.

The text, a collaboration between Nicolas de Oliveira and Nicola Oxley, takes the artist’s work as a departure point for a wide-ranging narrative that scrutinises the relationship between the artist and the audience whilst looking to both traditional and innovative modes of representation.

The open-ended nature of the research and the ensuing text suggests a move away from art historical writing towards the more literary concerns of "artists’ writing"; this move supports the artist’s work, by creating a space in which the work is not contested as a series of propositions, instead providing a parallel reading.

The book is published by Mercatorfonds and Xavier Hufkens (Belgium), together with the simultaneously launched title by Jan Fabre, and heralds the publisher’s new initiative of commitment to large-scale monographs on emerging and established artists. Its international distribution is undertaken by Thames & Hudson, whom both authors have worked with extensively in the past.

please also refer to hardcopy item for this output.

related output:
Nicola Oxley: Hans Op de Beeck: On Vanishing

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