Six Lines of Flight

Shifting Geographies in Contemporary Art

Six Lines of Flight: Shifting Geographies in Contemporary Art

Six Lines of Flight
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Discover the hybrid, shifting nature of today's international cultural landscape

This groundbreaking book explores the hybrid and shifting nature of today's international cultural landscape by introducing readers to the artist-initiated organizations and collectives that support the art scenes in six far-flung cities: Beirut, Lebanon; Cali, Colombia; Cluj-Napoca, Romania; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; San Francisco, USA; and Tangier, Morocco. In presenting the artistic and organizational work of artists whose efforts have shaped these rising cultural centers, Six Lines of Flight explores the pathways between them, illuminating the global, interconnected spirit of 21st-century art.

Essays by curators and writers active in each region are accompanied by color images of representative artworks and brief texts on the artists in the exhibition. These introductory texts are accompanied by thematic essays by Tarek Elhaik and Dominic Willsdon, Hou Hanru, and Pamela M. Lee that further contextualize cultural production in the featured cities by addressing such issues as the construction of contested histories, center-periphery dynamics, and the effects of economic and cultural renaissance.

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Published by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in association with University of California Press.

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Six Lines of Flight: Shifting Geographies in Contemporary Art is organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Major support is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Creative Work Fund, Pat and Bill Wilson, and SFMOMA's Collectors Forum. Generous support is provided by the Betlach Family Foundation and the Trust for Mutual Understanding.