Teoría de la retaguardia

Author: Iván de la Nuez
Product features:
Dimensions: 0 x 130 x 200 mm
Edition: 2018
Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
Type: Libro
Language: Español
Design: Maite Zabaleta
Layout: Zuriñe de Langarika Samaniego

This book is now available for pre-order. It will be published in autumn 2018.

More than three decades ago the Teoría de la vanguardia [Theory of the Avant-Garde] was first published in Spanish. In that book its author, Peter Burger, addressed the two most important tasks which in his opinion were demanded by art at that time: breaking with representation and dissolving the frontier separating art from life.
According to Burger, the failure of that double undertaking certified the defeat of the avant-garde and perhaps something worse: its impossibility.
Teoría de la retaguardia [Theory of the Rearguard] is a short essay written in the setting of that fiasco, but wastes no time on lamenting it or trying to disguise it.

Above all, because our age is not marked by the distance between art and life, but instead by a tension – also unresolved – between art and survival, which is the continuation of life by other means (but more precarious ones).

In the unease which arises from that survival, Teoría de la retaguardia follows the trail of an art that leaves its splinters in politics, iconography or literature, fields from which it returns increasingly battered to its perennial Ithaca: the museum.
On the course of that return trip, one wonders whether Contemporary Art will ever come to an end. Because if it is mortal, as this book indicates, then it is worth writing an ending for it.

Iván de la Nuez is an essayist, críitic and curator. His books include La balsa perpetua (1998); Paisajes después del Muro (1999), El mapa de sal (2001); Fantasía Roja (2006); Postcapital. Crítica del futuro (2006); Inundaciones (2010) and El comunista manifiesto(2013). These books have been translated into different languages and published by companies like Mondadori, Península, Debate, Periférica, Surkhamp, Galaxia Gutenberg, Castelvecci and Angelus Novo.
He has curated or co-curated shows like La isla posible (1995); Inundaciones (1999); Parque humano (2002); Banquete(2003); Postcapital (2006); De Facto.Retrospectiva de Joan Fontcuberta (2008); Dentro y fuera de nosotros. Retrospectiva de Javier Codesal (2009); La Crisis es Crítica (2009); Atopía. El arte y la ciudad en el siglo XXI(2010); and Iconocracia (2015).
He has written essays for retrospective shows by Stan Douglas, Los Carpinteros, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Vik Muniz, Joan Fontcuberta, Carlos Garaicoa and Javier Codesal.