Cambridge: The MIT Press, 1989. 1st Edition. Large quarto, publisher's light gray cloth, spine stamped in black, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.
"Like the dadaists, the Situationists thought of art as action, as idea, as a vehicle for change rather than a commodity. Like the surrealists, the Situationists desired a fundamental change in consciousness and sought to liberate and reorder everyday life" (from Sussman's introduction). The Situationist International (SI) artists emerged in 1957 as an anti-art, anti-authoritarian avant-garde movement. Their early work focused predominantly on art and aesthetics, but the focus gradually shifted towards revolutionary and political theory, culminating in the 1968 student uprisings in Paris. This catalog of essays, original texts, photographs, comics and film stills was published to coincide with an exhibition that went from Paris to London and Boston. Co-published with The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Illustrated throughout with numerous black-and-white and color plates; with a chronology of the group, a checklist for the exhibition, and a list of definitions relating to SI writing. Faint foxing to endpapers; unclipped dust jacket with rubbing to spine panel and edges, a few closed tears, and shallow chipping along top edge of upper panel. Very good. Item #2735