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Researching and Writing on Contemporary Art and Artists

Challenges, Practices, and Complexities

Editors: Wiley, Christopher, Pace, Ian (Eds.)

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  • Represents an original and substantial contribution to the field of writing about contemporary creative art and artists, a thriving yet largely untapped field for multi-disciplinary discourse
  • Considers the writing of contemporary creative art and artists from a wide range of perspectives within and across the arts, nurturing dialogue between these different disciplines
  • Responds to timely questions such as the validity of creative practice as research and its equitability with more traditional humanities-oriented output
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Researching and writing about contemporary art and artists present unique challenges for scholars, students, professional critics and creative practitioners alike. This collection of essays from across the arts disciplines—music, literature, dance, theatre and the visual arts—explores the challenges and complexities raised by engaging in researching and writing on living or recently deceased subjects and their output. Different sections explore critical perspectives and case studies in relation to innovative, distinctive or otherwise leading work, as well as offering innovative modes of discourse such as a visual essay and a music composition. Subjects addressed include recent scandals of Canadian literary celebrity, late-career output, the written element of music composition PhDs, and the boundaries between ethnography and hagiography, with case studies ranging from Howard Barker to Adrian Piper to Sylvie Guillem and Misty Copeland.


About the authors

Christopher Wiley is Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Surrey, UK. He is the author of many journal articles and book chapters, and the co-editor of forthcoming volumes including Writing About Contemporary Musicians (2020), Transnational Perspectives on Artists’ Lives (2020), Women’s Suffrage in Word, Image, Music and Drama (2021), and The Routledge Companion to Autoethnography and Self-Reflexivity in Music Studies (2021).

Ian Pace is Senior Lecturer in Music at City, University of London, UK, and an internationally renowned pianist specialising in new music. He published a monograph on Michael Finnissy’s The History of Photography in Sound (2013) alongside a recording of the work, and he is co-editor of the volumes Uncommon Ground: The Music of Michael Finnissy (1988), Critical Perspectives on Michael Finnissy (2019), Writing about Contemporary Musicians (2020), and Rethinking Contemporary Musicology (2020). He has also published articles in many journals, recorded 40 CDs, and given over 250 world premieres.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Researching and Writing on Contemporary Art and Artists

    Pages 3-15

    Wiley, Christopher (et al.)

  • The Artist Is Present: Scandal and the Academic Study of the Living Artist

    Pages 19-37

    York, Lorraine

  • From Vocational Calling to Career Construction: Late-Career Authors and Critical Self-reflection

    Pages 39-63

    Dix, Hywel

  • The Purpose of the Written Element in Composition PhDs

    Pages 65-90

    Leedham, Christopher (et al.)

  • Ethnographic Approaches to the Study of Western Art Music: Questions of Context, Realism, Evidence, Description and Analysis

    Pages 91-121

    Pace, Ian

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Researching and Writing on Contemporary Art and Artists
Book Subtitle
Challenges, Practices, and Complexities
Editors
  • Christopher Wiley
  • Ian Pace
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-39233-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-39233-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-39232-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 281
Number of Illustrations
25 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
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