Mierle Laderman Ukeles Plastic Capitalism Traces the Phenomenon of “Waste Art”

Hyperallergic May 13, 2019

The book really comes into its own in the subsequent chapters, in which Boetzkes follows the trajectory of waste art from its modernist origins to contemporary practice, devoting chapters to interventions in landfills, ecologically charged natural history displays, and the diverse topologies of plastics. She employs insightful close analysis of works by artists such as Mel Chin, Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, and Vik Muniz, to explore the specificities of contemporary waste art and to highlight the diversity of approaches being used to scrutinize global capital.

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