‘Art’s Plight’ develops concerns that were first published in ‘Painting, Language and Modernity’ (Routledge, 1985) and ‘In Modernity’s Wake’ (Routledge, 1989). The publication of these two books coincided with a wide range of reviews and review articles that I contributed to the journal ‘Artscribe International’ between 1985 and 1989 under the editorships of Matthew Collings and Stuart Morgan.
The ‘Archive’ makes available a selection of other writings offering background material to and complementing the explorations in ‘Art’s Plight’. They vary in form and focus. Some are presented as ‘conversations’, some focus on the gests of specific artists, while others contributed to readings addressing particular themes. Certain concerns and terms developed at greater length in ‘Art’s Plight’ recur across these texts. ‘Art’s Body’ puts in several appearances…
Catalogue essay for Jon Thompson’s exhibition ‘Ars Universitas – Jon Thompson’s Ricinullus Fragments’, John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton, 1985.
Catalogue essay for exhibition at Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, 1989.
Catalogue essay for ‘Morbid Symptoms’, exhibition of graduates in the M.A. in Art and Design at Leeds Metropolitan University, Sheffield Hallam University, and the University of Humberside, 1993.
Essay with Chris Fisher in ‘Artists From Europe’, ed. Kevin O’Brien, Symposium Proceedings, Leeds Metropolitan University, 1995.
Catalogue essay for ‘Foil’ group exhibition, Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University, 1998.
Catalogue essay for ‘Foil’ group travelling exhibition at three venues, Middlesex University and others, 2000.
In Nigel Whiteley, ed., ‘De-Traditionalisation and Art : aesthetic, authority, authenticity’, Middlesex University Press, 2000, pp.107-128.
Catalogue essay for ‘Empty, Swept and Garnished’ curated by Andrew Warstat at Market Hall, Shrewsbury, Elsewise Publishing, 2005.
In Chris Jenks, ed. ‘Visual Culture’, Routledge, London, 2005, pp.202-217.
Catalogue essay for exhibition by Juan Cruz and Sam Fisher at ROOM Gallery, Bristol, 2005.
Catalogue essay for exhibition by Andrew Warstat, Outpost Gallery, Norwich, 2008.
Essay in ‘parallax’, issue 55, ‘image damage’, ed. Andrew Warstat, April-June 2010, pp.31-43.’
In online journal ‘Stimulus-Respond’, issue 11, ‘Legend’, 2011.