1) Intermedia, Fluxus and the Something Else Press: Selected Writings from Dick Higgins A little known contributor to the art world, Dick Higgins was a poet, composer, artist, writer, performer and theorist who published the legendary Something Else Press. Higgins and his publishing press produced singular books by icons such as Gertrude Stein, John Cage, Dieter Roth, and George Brecht, as well as the Great Bear Pamphlet series and the Something Else newsletter. These published works sustained a mission statement that supplied audiences with avant-garde writings and art that was rarely promoted within the mainstream. Dick Higgins restored "intermedia" to the art world, the fuzzed boundary line between traditional art forms and new forms that could not be defined. Higgins used his writings and that of his contemporary peers to explore this space and expand its presence. In this selection of his work, Higgins can be seen as a modern visionary, one who explored theory and practice, experimentation, and intellect.
2) Fray: Art and Textile Politics | Julia Bryan-Wilson In the first expansive survey of fine art and the handmaking of fiber and textile art, Wilson examines textile art from the 1970s - 90s and their part in sociopolitical movements. Namely looking at both fine artists and amateurs, Wilson argues that both turned to textiles during a time of rapid global manufacturing, feminist empowerment movements, and gender identity awareness. These parallel events construct numerous scenarios that include fiber and textile art as protest material, as well as fine art. Wilson discusses textile art as a tool that can be seen within decades of political events and movements. As a rarely discussed medium that is integral to our everyday lives, Wilson's observations and connections prove a fresh viewpoint on historical events that are so familiar.
3)Social Forms: A Short History of Political Art | Christian Viveros-Faune Renowned art critic and curator, Christian Viveros-Faune examines 50 representative pieces of artwork from the past 150 years, and their historical framework. Each entry is accessible and provides art history foundation of the piece, the artist and their historical references, and the iconography that showcases the political intention. Looking at examples such as Picasso's Guernica (1937) or Jenny Holzer's Truisms (1977-79), each examination offers a glimpse into the time period and the artist as reactionary and icon. In doing so, Viveros-Faune creates a comprehensive survey of 150 years of artists as agents of social change at the forefront of political movement.