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The Art of Laziness: Contemporary Art and Post-Work Politics

Category: Art + Australia Product Code: AAAOL
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$40.00 AUD
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As one celebrated painter whose work was almost singularly dedicated to black once said, black is not as black as all that. In the broader palette of art, one might adapt this modernist maxim and say, with the authors of this book, that laziness is not anywhere near as lazy as it sounds. Two principles, despite their apparent paradox, quickly become agreeably clear in this anthology, expertly edited by Francis Russell and David Attwood: that laziness can be an artful pursuit; and that, because of that artfulness, this pursuit is a type of work. It can be the type of industrious self-attention that keeps Ivan Goncharov’s anti-hero Oblomov confined in an effort of dignified indolence, getting him only from his bed to a chair in the first 50 or so pages of that eponymous novel. Or it could be the industrial slog of Al Capp’s comic strip hillbilly, Li’l Abner, when he was employed by a bed manufacturer as a mattress tester—requiring him to sleep in the new models each day long. PLEASE NOTE: Due to Covid 19, the University of Melbourne campus that we work from has been closed until further notice, which means we are currently unable to access our stock, and distribute publications. Orders placed during this time will be added to our distribution list for mailing as soon as we are able, and in the meantime you will be emailed a pdf version of the publication.

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