Two-Way Mirror Power

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Two-Way Mirror Power

Selected Writings by Dan Graham on His Art

By Dan Graham

Edited by Alexander Alberro

Introduction by Jeff Wall

Essays charting the diverse works of renowned conceptual artist Dan Graham.





Essays charting the diverse works of renowned conceptual artist Dan Graham.

The internationally renowned artist Dan Graham is widely acknowledged as one of the leading members of the 1960s conceptual art movement. However, his subsequent work in photography, performance, film, video, and the fusion of art and architecture, though well known in Europe and Japan, is less well known in English-speaking countries.

In Rock My Religion (MIT Press, 1993), Graham explored mainly the work of other artists. In this collection, he articulates the rationale behind his own art. The broadly accessible essays, which include his most canonical texts, are organized both thematically and chronologically. They chart his career from conceptual art for magazine pages of the 1960s, to work integrating video, television, architecture, film, and performance of the 1970s, to his pavilion sculptures of the 1980s and 1990s. The book also features an essay by Jeff Wall and interviews with Graham that address the art historical references and theoretical principles underlying his work.

Published in association with the Marian Goodman Gallery, New York.


Out of Print ISBN: 9780262071970 218 pp. | 6 in x 9 in 48 b&w illus.


$39.95 T ISBN: 9780262571302 218 pp. | 6 in x 9 in 48 b&w illus.


Alexander Alberro

Alexander Alberro is Virginia Bloedel Wright Professor of Art History at Barnard College. He is the author of Conceptual Art and the Politics of Publicity and the coeditor of Conceptual Art: A Critical Anthology, both published by The MIT Press.


Jeff Wall.


  • Dan Graham's critical stance is refreshing, rigorous, original, and essential.

    David Ross

    Director, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

  • Like his artwork, Graham's writings have become site-specificmonuments, and their publication here provides a textual mini-mall in which we are invited to peruse the predicament of our culture.

    Mary Kelly

    Professor and Chair of Art, University of California, Los Angeles