Why Are We 'Artists'?

100 World Art Manifestos
by Jessica Lack

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

Series: Penguin Modern Classics

Publication Date: August 31, 2017

ISBN: 9780241236338

Binding: Kobo eBook

Availability: eBook

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'Art is not a luxury. Art is a basic social need to which everyone has a right'.

This extraordinary collection of 100 artists' manifestos from across the globe over the last 100 years brings together political activists, anti-colonialists, surrealists, socialists, nihilists and a host of other voices. From the N├ęgritude movement in Europe, Africa and Martinique to Japan's Bikyoto, from Iraqi modernism to Australian cyberfeminism, they are by turns personal, political, utopian, angry, sublime and revolutionary. Some have not been published in English before; some were written in climates of censorship and brutality; some contain visions of a future still on the horizon. What unites them is the belief that art can change the world.