04 March 2013: Art History alumnus Claire Bishop wins book award

Art history at Essex alumni Claire Bishop is among the recipients of the 2013 Frank Jewett Mather Award for her recent book focusing on participatory art, Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship.

The Frank Jewett Mather Award, which was first presented in 1963, is awarded annually by the College Art Association (CAA) for significant published art criticism published in the previous year.

Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship is a historical overview of the global emergence of participatory art, also called social practice, as a series of aesthetic, ethical, and political projects that have engaged audiences in order to promote emancipatory social relations.

Bishop, who teaches contemporary art at The Graduate Centre, City University of New York (CUNY), completed her PhD at the University of Essex in 2002 with a thesis entitled 'The subject of installation art : a typology'.


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