Oil : beauty and horror in the petrol age / Andreas Beitin, Alexander Klose, Benjamin Steininger (eds.) ; translation, Gérard Goodrow.

  • Wolfsburg, Germany : Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg ; Cologne, Germany : Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König, [2021]
  • ©2021
393 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), facsimiles, maps, photographs ; 24 cm


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Oil - no other raw material pervades so many areas of our lives: our cities, our bodies, our emotions. Complex and diverse as never before, the publication Oil: Beauty and Horror in the Petrol Age offers a transdisciplinary glimpse into the global Petrol Age, exploring how it has inspired art and artists. This ambivalent material, with all of its complex scientific,0technological, and cultural connections and contexts, is illuminated by around 250 international artistic positions from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present day, as well as historical objects dating back to antiquity, on 400 pages with around 350 illustrations. Exhibition: Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany (04.09.2021 - 09.01.2022).
Translated from the original German.
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In conjunction with an exhibition held at Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, September 4, 2021 - January 9, 2022.
  • Greeting / Lavinia Francke
  • Oil: No Beauty Without Horror--A Foreword / Andreas Beitin
  • The Art of the Petrol Age: An Exploration / Alexander Klose and Benjamin Steininger
  • Blob / Dominic Boyer
  • Means of Power and Toxic Protagonist: Petroleum as Subject and Material in Contemporary Art / Susanne Witzgall
  • Old Baku: Money, Freedom, and Satire in the Oil Capital / Leila Alieva
  • Data is Oil, Oil is Data: On John Gerrard's Western Flag (Spindletop, Texas) / Christoph Engemann
  • Petroleum on Display: Visual Culture and the Post-Visible Condition / Timothy Furstnau
  • The Geopolitics of Oil in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries / Rudiger Graf
  • "Oil that glitters is not gold" Patronage and Interest Politics: On the Ambivalent Relationship between the Oil Industry and Art / Elena Engelbrechter
  • The Boom and Doom of Venezuelan Exceptionalism / Isabel J. Piniella Grillet
  • Oil and Ethnicity in Nigeria: A Case of Malfunctional Dialectics / Akintunde Akinleye
  • Oil Twilight and the Desire for Consumption / Suwarno Wisetrotomo
  • Oil and Ideology: Transatlantic Programs of a Petro-Religious Avant-garde in the 1930s / Christian Schwarke
  • Petromodern Art in the GDR / Eckhart Gillen
  • Luxery, Speed, and Nostalgia: The Concorde / Jan von Brevern
  • Iridescent Surfaces: Reflections on Art and Oil / Heather Davis
  • The Petroleum Fly / Helmut Hoge
  • Future Fuels / Karen Pinkus
  • Oil Traces / Bernhard Hopfengartner
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  • Image Index
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  • Colophon.
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  • Germany Wolfsburg.
  • Germany Cologne.
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Beauty and horror in the petrol age
  • 9783753300962 ((English edition ; : paperback))
  • 3753300969
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  • 9783753300962
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