Collected Writing: 1993-2003 brings together many of Frances Stark's texts for the first time, including essays on artists and artist's [sic] text pieces. Stark's writing is not specifically sited in visual art, but is rooted in the condition of contemporary life encountering along the way the literary tradition, music and philosophy. These provide the backbone to much of her thinking, as do the problems faced by being both an artist and writer today. These themes are presented through a pseudo-autobiographical style which frequently presents itself as poetic musings, that create meandering, off-centred texts that are often humorous and at the same time highly readable. This book also includes facsimiles of aaThe Unspeakable Compromise of the Portable Work of Art' as well as specially designed pages by Stark, making this anthology a fascinating insight into the artist's practice. The book includes a forward [sic] by Matthew Higgs.... had substantial portions of their writing deleted in order to accommodate the design - a downsizing of content due to an up -sizing in font size. The huge fonts end up pull-quotifying a good portion of the essays, and despite the down -with - content message it sends ... to which professional literary critics, especially academics, have substantially abdicated their role as analysts and theorists of an art form.
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