The Pluralist 15 (1):108-111 (2020)

Alex Robins
Emory University
Mary Jane Jacob, the author of Dewey for Artists, is neither a philosopher nor an artist, but a renowned curator who came to the writings of Dewey in the course of her work. For many years, Jacob has organized exhibitions championing artists who make social practice art, including Rirkrit Tiravanija, Thomas Hirschhorn, and Theaster Gates, to name a few who appear in this book. Their art is not primarily about making objects but is instead about producing social interactions between people. It is Jacob's conviction that Dewey's writings help explain the aesthetic and political value of this kind of art making.The title, Dewey for Artists, is a bit misleading as it suggests the book is for all artists, but the...
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