1. Research Library

      2. The Research Library is a continually expanding curated selection of exhibition catalogs, artist monographs, art theory, and cultural studies publications as well as works from theory, postcolonial studies, political history, geopolitics, and other fields. Together these materials seek to provide an overview of the key exhibitions, artists, theories, and discourses that made a significant contribution to charting the shifts in contemporary art and intellectual debates from 1989 till today. The physical Library is housed at BAK; an online version of it, complete with a short entry on each publication explaining why the book is relevant to FORMER WEST project research, can be accessed below. Please note that the selection of artist monographs and catalogs of solo exhibitions is not available online at this time. We are happy to receive suggestions for books to include in the Research Library. Please send an e-mail with the book title, publication data, and a short message to info@formerwest.org. If you would like to visit the physical library at BAK in Utrecht, please schedule an appointment (during visiting hours, Wednesday–Saturday 12.00–17.00 hrs, Sunday 13.00–17.00 hrs) by sending an e-mail to info@bak-utrecht.nl.
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        5. Exhibitions (Group/Thematic)
        6. Globalization
        7. Post-Colonial Studies/Cultural Studies
        8. Political Science
        9. Political History/Geopolitics
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        Art Since 1900: Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism (2004)Hal Foster, Rosalind Krauss, Yve-Alain Bois, and Benjamin H.D. BuchlochLondon: Thames and Hudson2007AH
        Als de kunst er om vraagt. De Sonsbeek tentoonstellingen Jeroen Boomgaard, Marga van Mechelen, Miriam van RijsingenStichting tentoonstellingsinitiatieven/Gemeenschap Beeldende Kunstenaars2001AH
        Art of the Postmodern Era: From the Late 1960s to the Early 1990s (1996)Irving SandlerBoulder: Westview Press1998AH
        Art at the Turn of the Millennium Burkhard Riemschneider and Uta GrosenickTaschen1999AH
        Antinomies of Art and Culture: Modernity, Postmodernity, Contemporaneity Nancy Condee, Terry Smith, and Okwui EnwezorDuke University Press2008AH
        Art and Social Change: A Critical Reader Will Bradley, Charles EscheLondon: Tate Publishing2007AH


        BachelorsRosalind KraussCambridge, Mass: MIT Press2000AH
        A Brief History of CuratingHans Ulrich ObristJRP|Ringier2009AH
        Be Magazin #1. Photography Heike Dander, Michael Haerdter, Annette SievertBerlin: Künstlerhaus Bethanien1994AH
        Be Magazin #3. Boredom Heike Dander, Michael Haerdter, Annette SievertBerlin: Künstlerhaus Bethanien1995AH
        Beyond Ethics and Aesthetics. Voorbij ethiek en esthetiek Ine Gevers, Jeanne van HeeswijkNijmegen: SUN1997AH
        Blasted Allegories. An Anthology of Writings by Contemporary ArtistsBrian WallisCambridge, Mass: MIT Press1989AH
        Be Magazin #5. Science and Surfaces Heike Dander, Michael Haerdter, Annette SievertBerlin: Künstlerhaus Bethanien1998AH
        Be Magazin #4. Holodecks Heike Dander, Michael Haerdter, Annette SievertBerlin: Künstlerhaus Bethanien1996AH


        Conceptual Art: A Critical Anthology Alexander Alberro and Blake StinsonCambridge, Mass: MIT Press2000AH
        Curating Subjects Paul O’NeillLondon: Open Editions2007AH
        Conceptual Art (Themes and Movements)Peter Osborne Phaidon Press2002AH
        Contemporary Art and the Museum: A Global PerspectivePeter Weibel and Andrea BuddenseigOstfildern-Ruit: Hatje Cantz2007AH
        Cold War Confrontations: US Exhibitions and the Cultural Cold War Jack Masey and Conway Lloyd MorganBaden: Lars Müller Publishers2008AH
        Collectivism After Modernism: The Art of Social Imagination after 1945 Blake Stimson and Gregory ScholetteMinneapolis: University of Minnesota Press2007AH
        Continuing Dialogues. A Tribute to Igor ZabelChrista Benzer, Christine Bohler, Christiane ErharterJRP|Ringier2009AH
        Conceptual Art and the Politics of PublicityAlexander AlberroCambridge, Mass: MIT Press2004AH


        Double Exposures: Subject of Cultural Analysis Mieke BalRoutledge1996AH


        European Cultural Policies 2015Maria Lind and Raimund MinichbauerLondon, Stockholm, Vienna: Iaspis and eipcp2010AH


        The Feminism and Visual Culture ReaderAmelia JonesRoutledge2010AH
        The Fall of the Studio. Artists at Work Wouter Davidts and Kim PaiceAmsterdam: Valiz2009AH


        Global Artworld, Inc.: On the Globalization of Contemporary Art (Figura Nova Series, No. 32) Charlotte ByderUppsala University Press2004AH
        The Global Art World. Audiences, Markets and MuseumsPeter Weibel and Andrea Buddenseig Ostfildern-Ruit: Hatje Cantz2009AH


        High Art Lite: The Rise and Fall of Young British Art Julian StallabrassVerso2006AH


        Institutional Critique: An Anthology of Artists’ Writings Alexander Alberro and Blake StinsonCambridge, Mass: MIT Press2009AH
        Interviews, Volume 1Hans Ulrich ObristCharta2003AH
        Interviews, Volume 2Hans Ulrich ObristCharta2009AH
        Imaginary Economics: Contemporary Artists and the World of Big Money Olav VelthuisNAi Publishers2005AH
        Installation ArtClaire BishopTate Publishing2005AH
        Institutional Critique and After (SoCCAS Symposium vol. II)John C. Welchman JRP|Ringier2006AH
        In the Shadow of Yalta: Art and the Avant-Garde in Eastern EuropePiotr PiotrowskiLondon: Reaktion Books2009AH


        Make Everything New: A Project on CommunismGrant Watson, et al.Book Works2005AH
        The Manifesta Decade: Debates on Contemporary Art Exhibitions and Biennials in Post-Wall Europe Barbara Vanderlinden and Elena FilipovicCambridge, Mass.: Roomade & MIT Press2005AH
        Museum Culture: Histories, Discourses, Spectacles Irit Rogoff and Daniel J. ShermanRoutledge1994AH


        Neo-avantgarde and Culture Industry: Essays on European and American Art from 1955 to 1975 Benjamin H.D. BuchlohCambridge, Mass: MIT Press2003AH
        Neo-Avantgarde and Culture Industry: Essays on European and American Art from 1955 to 1975 (October Books)Benjamin H. D. BuchlohMIT Press2003AH


        One Place after Another: Site-Specific Art and Locational IdentityMiwon KwonMIT Press2004AH


        Postmodernism and the Postsocialist Condition: Politicized Art under Late Socialism Ales Erjavec University of California Press2003AH
        Privatising Culture: Corporate Art Intervention Since the 1980s Chin-Tao WuVerso2003AH
        Participation : Documents in Contemporary ArtClaire BishopLondon & Cambridge: Whitechapel and MIT Press2006AH


        Questioning History. Imagining the Past in Contemporary Art (Reflect #07)Frank van der Stok, Frits Gierstberg, Flip BoolNAi Publishers2008AH


        Requiem for Communism (2003) Charity ScribnerCambridge, Mass.: MIT Press2005AH
        Ruckblick auf das programm 96 der Shedhalle Marion von OstenZürich: Shedhalle1997AH
        Reading the Contemporary: African Art from Theory to the Marketplace Olu Oguibe and Okwui EnwezorInstitute for International Visual Arts (INIVA) & MIT Press1999AH


        Thinking About Exhibitions Reesa Greenberg, Bruce W. Ferguson, and Sandy NairneLondon: Routledge2009AH
        Talking Prices: Symbolic Meanings of Prices on the Market for Contemporary Art Olav VelthuisPrinceton: Princeton University Press2007AH


        Visual Display: Culture Beyond Appearances (Discussions in Contemporary Culture, No 10)Lynne Cooke and Peter WollenNew Press1999ATAH


        What is Contemporary Art?Terry SmithUniversity of Chicago Press2009AH
        Who Paid the Piper? CIA and the Cultural Cold War (1999) Frances Stonor SaundersLondon: Granta Books2000AH
        What Do You Expect from an Art Institution in the 21st Century? Mark Sanchez and Jerome SansParis: Palais de Toyko2002AH