The Contingent Object of Contemporary Art is an indispensable user’s guide to the last forty years of art. Buskirk ably contends with the knotty legacies of conceptual art: in particular, the strange fact that ‘almost anything can be and has been called art.’ A patient critic, she takes the skepticism, and the curiosity, of art’s audiences seriously, and makes a persuasive case for the historical coherence of a heterogeneous field of art.—Mignon Nixon, Courtauld Institute of Art—
Buskirk examines questions of authorship, originality and the notably ephemeral object through specific examples.
…Buskirk surveys a range of artists through various thematic lenses.
, Rain Taxi Review of Books
[This] highly engaging book presents the ‘greatest hits’ of the sixties through the nineties as well-defined case studies.
— Gloria Sutton