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This publication is the first artist’s substantial monograph, covering the past 10 ten years. Born in 1967 in Glasgow, Nathan Coley is interested in the idea of “public” space, and his practice explores the ways in which architecture becomes invested—and reinvested—with meaning. Across a range of media Coley investigates what the built environment reveals about the people it surrounds and how the social and individual response to it is in turn culturally conditioned. Using the readymade as a means to take from and re-place in the world, Coley addresses the ritual forms we use to articulate our beliefs—from hand-held placards and erected signs to religious sanctuaries. Whether highlighting in illuminated letters the testimony of a New Yorker recalling the World Trade Center attacks or erasing the names of the dead from their gravestones, his work frequently turns the specific into the general, thereby testing its function as a form of social representation; simply, does this aphorism, this gravestone, this building, speak on my behalf?

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Authors/Artists:
Nathan Coley  
Brian Dillon  
Tom Hunt  
Tanja Karreman  
Caroline Käding  
Lisa Le Feuvre  
Rory Mitchell  
Andrea Schlieker  
Nigel Prince  
Jonathan Horrocks  
Juliana Engberg  
Jes Fernie  
Michael Rooks  
Celia Davies  
Darren Phi  

ISBN:
978-3-7757-3675-6  

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144  pages
89    colour illustrations
9 x 11.25 x 0.75 inches  
Hardcover  

Published in Germany by Hantje Cantz Verlag.

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