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What's new in the second edition? The publisher doesn't make it very easy to tell.
In a Bourdieuian turn, Part I, formerly "Contemporary Art Practices and Models," is now "The Field of Contemporary Art." Here, Michael Brenson's "The Curator's Moment" (1998) is gone, replaced by Chin-Tao Wu, "Biennials without Borders?" Alexander Alberro, "Periodizing Contemporary Art," and Jacques Rancière, "Contemporary Art and the Politics of Aesthetics" (all 2009).
A new Part II, "Practices and Models/Rethinking Form and Medium," includes pieces by Andrea Fraser, Grant Kester and Liz Kotz (formerly in Part I), David Joselit and Benjamin H. D. Buchloh (formerly in Part IV), and Rosalind Krauss (formerly in Part V). Also here, Claire Bishop's "Antagonism and Relational Aesthetics" (2004) is new, replacing James Gaywood's "'yBa' as Critique: The Socio-Political Inferences of the Mediated Identity of Recent British Art" (1997).
What was Part II is now Part III, "Culture/Identities/Political Agency" (formerly "...Political Fields"). One of the two Carole Vance texts, "Feminist Fundamentalism: Women Against Images" (1993), is gone. Two new additions are Beatriz Preciado, "The Architecture of Porn: Museum, Urban Detritus, and Cinematic Stag-Rooms" (2012) and Chantal Mouffe, "Cultural Workers as Organic Intellectuals" (2008).
What were once Part IV, "Rethinking Aesthetics," and Part V, "Theories After Postmodernism," are gone, with some of their texts eliminated, and other texts transferred to other Parts. Gone are Nana Last, "Function and Field: Demarcating Conceptual Practices" (2004), Juli Carson, "1989," Nelly Richard, "Postmodernism and Periphery" (1987), Laura Kipnis, "Repossessing Popular Culture" (1993), and John Rajchman, "The Lightness of Theory" (1993).
In place of these is a new Part V, "Art Subjects/Historical Subjects," with the following essays:
* Marina Grzinić, "Re-politicizing Art, Theory, Representation, and New Media Technology" (2008)
* Mary Kelly, "Miming the Master: Boy-Things, Bad Girls, and Femmes Vitales (1996)
* Anthony Downey, "Zones of Indistinction: Giorgio Agamben's 'Bare Life' and the Politics of Aesthetics" (2009)
* Blake Stimson, "For the Love of Abstraction" (2008)
* T. J. Demos, "The Politics of Sustainability: Art and Ecology" (2009)
Under no circumstances to be overlooked, Liam Gillick's 2005 letter, "Contingent Factors: A Response to Claire Bishop's 'Antagonism and Relational Aesthetics'" is reprinted as an appendix. Gillick also gets the front cover illustration.
The claim in Yve-Alain Bois's blurb that the book is "devoid of jargon" is somewhat astonishing.
Where do these texts come from? October (5), Third Text (4), Art History (1), New Left Review (1), Art in America (1), Transition (1), Afterimage (1), Artforum (1), positions (1), and others. Nothing from Grey Room (!), e-flux journal, Texte zur Kunst (!!), the Oxford Art Journal, or Frieze.