by Maxime Chanson (French contemporary artist and art theorist)
700 Artists’ Processes, a suitable tool for all artists and actors in the art world is also an artists’ book which follows in the wake of the topographical charts favoured by George Maciunas and conceptual artists such as Dan Graham or Hanne Darboven.
– Number of Pages: 96
– Number of illustrations: None, but the book contains 27 tables (referred to as ‘classification charts’ within the book)
– Hard Back/Paper Back: Hard Back
– Full Title: 700 Artists’ Processes
– ISBN: 978-2-916067-88-9
– Price: 27 Euros
– Description: 700 Artists’ Processes, a suitable tool for all artists and actors in the art world is also an artists’ book which follows in the wake of the topographical charts favoured by George Maciunas and conceptual artists such as Dan Graham or Hanne Darboven.
Since the late 1980s, art cannot be thought of in terms of artistic movements. The innovative typology proposed by 700 Artists’ Processes provides an overview of contemporary art from 1987 to 2011. This book presents a synthesis, in tabular form, of the artistic processes of approximately 700 international artists ranging from Abdel Abdessemed to Heimo Zobernig.
The core area of investigation here is ‘the artistic process’. This is defined as the combined action between a Motor (what drives an artist to create) and a Means (the modus operandi the artist employs).
The model developed in this book offers a general map of the concerns driving the most prominent contemporary artists and the processes through which these concerns translate into works of art. The reader will then be able to use this basis to further investigate what makes an artistic process original.
Please also find attached selected pages from the book which provide the most prominent information. Just for information, the following link will take you to Les Presses du Réel’s listing of the original French version: