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New Jersey as Non-Site

by Kelly Baum, Beatriz Colomina, Kathryn Dammers, Hal Foster et al Princeton University Art Museum
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and ldquo;Best in Show and rdquo; and mdash; 2014 AAM Museum Publications Design Competition Between 1950 and 1975, some of the postwar era and rsquo;s most innovative artists flocked to a very unexpected place: New Jersey. Appreciating what others tended to ignore or mock, they gravitated to the state and rsquo;s most desolate peripheries: its industrial wastescapes, crumbling cities, crowded highways, and banal suburbs. There they produced some of the most important work of their careers. The breakthroughs in land, conceptual, performance, and site-specific art that New Jersey helped catalyze are the subject of New Jersey as Non-Site, whose title evokes the mixed-media sculptures that Robert Smithson began to create in 1968 while driving the state and rsquo;s highways with Nancy Holt. This catalogue examines more than 100 works by sixteen artists, including Amiri Baraka, George Brecht, Dan Graham, Allan Kaprow, Gordon Matta-Clark, and George Segal. Organized around three themes and mdash;ruin, cooperation, and displacement and mdash;Kelly Baum and rsquo;s essay considers their work in relationship to seismic shifts in the world of art and equally dramatic changes to New Jersey and rsquo;s economy, infrastructure, landscape, demography, and social stability.
Kelly Baum is the Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Princeton University Art Museum.