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Studies in Photography

Strategy: Get Arts. 35 Artists Who Broke the Rules by Christian Weikop

Strategy: Get Arts. 35 Artists Who Broke the Rules by Christian Weikop

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Studies in Photography's first book publication is also the first publication to consider in detail the formation and impact of the landmark exhibition Strategy: Get Arts (SGA), staged at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) as part of the Edinburgh Festival in 1970.

During SGA, the work of 35 post-war artists, based in the dynamic ‘Kunststadt’ (art city) of Düsseldorf, several of them now canonical figures, including Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter, Blinky Palermo, and Günther Uecker, transformed the college into a ‘total work of art’ experience. At the invitation of Richard Demarco, instigator of SGA and Director of the Edinburgh Festival’s visual arts programme, the ‘Düsseldorfer Szene’ arrived in person, effectively staging a provocative takeover of ECA that grabbed the attention of the British press.

Written and edited by Christian Weikop, and featuring guest contributions by other academics and curators, the publication will include photographs by Monika Baumgartl, George Oliver, and Richard Demarco, many never published before.

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