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Wallraf-Richartz-Jahrbuch LXXI

Volume LXXI of the Wallraf-Richartz-Jahrbuch (2010; Worldcat) includes an article by Dawn Leach: “The Hand of the Artist: Works by Nan Hoover.” Abstract:

This article focuses on the rarely discussed treatment of the artist’s hand in Nan Hoover’s body of work. A sampling from the many pieces featuring the hand in this artist’s œuvre are examined here and compared with some art historical examples. With the exception of sculpture, the hand figures prominently in all the media Hoover worked with: drawing, light installations, performance, photography and video. I argue that while there are indeed vestiges of the art historical import of the artist’s hand in her work, these vestiges tend to recede as primary purport and are replaced by technical and symbolic acts, which change the subject / object relationship.


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