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Franklin Furnace and the spirit of the avant-garde: a history of the future

Sant, Toni

Authors

Toni Sant

Abstract

Franklin Furnace is a renowned New York-based arts organization whose mission is to preserve, document, and present works of avant-garde art by emerging artists - particularly those whose works may be vulnerable due to institutional neglect or politically unpopular content. Over more than thirty years, Franklin Furnace has exhibited works by hundreds of avant-garde artists, some of whom - Laurie Anderson, Vito Acconci and the Blue Man Group, to name a few - are now established names in contemporary art. Here, for the first time, is a comprehensive history of this remarkable organization from its conception to the present. Organized around the context of the major art genres that emerged in the second half of the twentieth century, this book intersperses first-person narratives with readings by artists and scholars on issues critical to the organization's success as well as Franklin Furnace's many contributions to avant-garde art.

Book Type Authored Book
Publication Date 2011
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Book Title Franklin Furnace and the spirit of the avant-garde: a history of the future
ISBN 978-1-84150-371-4
Institution Citation Sant, T. (2010). Franklin Furnace and the spirit of the avant-garde: a history of the future. University of Chicago Press
Publisher URL https://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/F/bo10397406.html
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