Art History Book Launch, Ignacio Adriasola and Erin Silver

Friday March 31, 2023
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Please join us in celebrating the recent publications by our colleagues Ignacio Adriasola and Erin Silver.

Art History Book Launch
Ignacio Adriasola
, Fragment, Image, and Absence in 1960s Japan
Erin Silver, Taking Place: Building Histories of Queer and Feminist Art in North America

Friday, March 31, 2023
2:00 p.m.

Room 1002, Audain Art Centre
6398 University Boulevard

Ignacio Adriasola is Associate Professor of modern Japanese art. Fragment, Image, and Absence in 1960s Japan was published by PSU Press in December 2022. It examines how the notion of “the object” was transformed in Japanese experimental art during a time of rapid social, economic, and environmental change. Reviving the legacies of the historical avant-garde, Japanese artists and intellectuals of the 1960s formulated an aesthetics of disaffection through which they sought to address the stalemate of political and aesthetic representation. By examining the discursive practices of artists working across a wide range of media, and through a close analysis of artwork, philosophical debates, artist theories, and critical accounts, the book shows how negativity became an efficacious means of addressing politics as a source for the creative act of undoing.

Erin Silver is Assistant Professor of contemporary Canadian art and queer and feminist art history. Her second book, Taking Place: Building Histories of Queer and Feminist Art in North America was published by Manchester University Press in February 2023. Examining feminist and queer alternative art spaces across Canada and the United States from the late-1960s to the present, Silver looks at how queer and feminist artists working in the present day  engage with, respond to, and challenge the institutions they have inherited. The book seeks to further queer feminist art historical methods previously articulated in her co-edited (with Amelia Jones) volume, Otherwise: Imagining Queer Feminist Art Histories (Manchester University Press, 2016).


Images from top to bottom: Still from Free Fall, for Camera, Brendan Fernandes, 2019; Miki Tomio, EAR No. 201, 1965. Takamatsu Museum of Art.