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In an increasingly polarized world, with shifting and extreme politics, Social Forms illustrates artists at the forefront of political and social resistance. Highlighting different moments of crisis and how these are reflected and preserved through crucial artworks, it also asks how to make art in the age of Brexit, Trump, and the refugee and climate crises.

In Social Forms: A Short History of Political Art, renowned critic, curator and writer Christian Viveros-Fauné has picked fifty representative artworks—from Francisco de Goya's The Disasters of War (1810–20) to David Hammons' In the Hood (1993)—that give voice to some of modern art's strongest calls to political action. In accessible and witty entries on each piece, Viveros-Fauné paints a picture of the context in which each work was created, the artist's background and the historical impact of each contribution. Sometimes artists create projects that subvert existing power structures; sometimes they make artwork so powerful it challenges the very fabric of society. Whether it is Picasso's Guernica and its place at the 1937 World's Fair, or Jenny Holzer's Truisms (1977–79), which still stop us in our tracks, this book tells the story behind some of the most important and unexpected encounters between artworks and the real worlds they engage with.


Never professing to be a definitive history of political art, Social Forms delivers a unique and compelling portrait of how artists during the last 150 years have dealt with changingpolitical systems, the violence of modern warfare, the rise of consumer culture worldwide, the prevalence of inequality and racism, and the challenges of technology.

Books and catalogues

"POOR PEOPLE’S ART A (Short) Visual History of Poverty in the United States" (USF CAM, 2023)

"Richard Mosse: Broken Spectre" (Loose Joints in collaboration with 180 Studios and Converge 45, 2022)

"Necessary Angels: Jesse Murry and Lisa Yuskavage" (USF CAM, 2022)

"The Lyrical Moment Exhibition: Modern and Contemporary Abstraction

by Helen Frankenthaler and Heather Gwen Martin" (USF CAM, 2022)

"Bosco Sodi:Básico" (USF CAM, 2022)

"One Art Story: By Alexandre Frangioni" (South Art Dealer 2021)

"Richard Mosse Displaced" (Fondazione MAST, 2021)

"Life During Wartime Portfolio" (GraphicStudio/USF, 2021)

Against God, Against Guns, Against Energy. Gun Store Paintings by David Risley” (At last books, 2021)

"Guy Richard Smit: A Mountain of Skulls", (Trela Publishers, 2020)

"Journeyman", Contributor (Mousee, 2020)

"Chart De-Centered", Contributor (Narayana Press, 2020)

"Gran Sur: Contemporary Chilean Art in the Engel Collection", (Comunidad de Madrid, 2020)

"Alias: Camilo Restrepo" (Grupo SURA-Editorial Mesaéstandar, 2019)

"Heather Gwen Martin Catalog",  Contributor (Miles McEnery Gallery, 2019)
"Guillermo Kuitca", Contributor (Hauser & Wirth, 2019)
"El banquete de la escritura: encuentro de críticos de arte", Contributor (Ediciones Universidad Finis Terrae, 2019)
"Vitamin T: Threads and Textiles in Contemporary Art", Contributor (Phaidon, 2019)
"Social Forms: A Short History of Art and Politics" (David Zwirner Books, 2018)

"Greatest Hits II: Arte en Nueva York, 2001 – 2015, CENDEAC, 2018

"Artist, Authorship & Legacy," Ridinghouse, 2018

"Collecting on the Edge: Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art," University Press of Colorado, 2018

"José Lerma: Pintor Interesante," Kerber Verlag, 2018

"Mark Boulos," Hatje Cantz, 2017

"Darío Escobar: The Life of the Object," DAP, 2016

Patrick Hamilton: Aesthetics of Underdevelopment / Estética del Subdesarrollo,” Turner, 2015

"Luis González Palma," La Fábrica, Madrid, 2015

“Zhao Gang, The Road to Serfdom,” UCCA, Beijing, China, 2015

David Claerbout, Drawings and Studies,” Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, 2015

A Singular Plurality: The Works of Darío Escobar,” by José Luis Falconi, The Cultural Agents Initiative at Harvard University, 2014

Santiago Montoya, The Great Swindle,” Halcyon Gallery, London, 2014

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After an exquisite death: Drawings, A Retrospective”, CAAM, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, 2014

Jorge Tacla, Identidades Ocultas,” Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, Santiago, Chile, 2014

“Juan Castillo, Contrasueños,” CAAM, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, 2013

Patrick Hamilton, Progreso/Progress,” Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago, Chile, 2013

Jenniffer Marman and Daniel Borins: The Collaborationists,” The Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, 2013

Ahmed Alsoudani,” Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, USA, 2013

"Ahmed Alsoudani, Francis Bacon, Philip Guston, Paula Rego," Marlborough Gallery, New York, 2013

"Tavares Strachan: I Belong Here," Conceptio Unlimited Publication, 2013

An Oasis of Horror In a Desert of Boredom: Brian Maguire, Teresa Margolles, Lise Bjorne Linnert, Mark McLoughlin, Lanka Haouche Perren,” Visual Centre For Contemporary Art, Carlow, Ireland, 2013

On Painting” [prácticas pictóricas actuales… más allá de la pintura o más acá],” CAAM, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, 2013

"Greatest Hits: Arte en Nueva York; 2001-2011," Metales Pesados, 2012.

"The Journey of Sebastián Errázuriz," Gestalten, New York, USA, 2012

“Anna Bjerger: Paintings,” Peter Bergman Gallery, Stockholm, 2012

“Juan Genoves, a Retrospective, 1965-2011,” Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL, 2012

José Cobo, Emergencia (de emerger),” Galería Ferran Cano, Barcelona, Spain, 2011

Bronx Calling: The First Aim Biennial,” Bronx Museum, NY, USA, 2011

“Beuys and Beyond-Teaching as Art,” Deutsche Bank Collection, traveling exhibition, 2010

"Fear Society,” Pabellón de Urgencia, Biennale di Venezia 53, 2009

"Plain Air: Extraordinary Landscapes," 2nd Bienal de Canarias, Tenerife, Spain, 2009

“Spencer Tunick,” Citadinos, Coleccion Andres Blaisten, Mexico City, Mexico, 2009

Neo Rauch," David Zwirner Gallery, NY, USA, 2008

Lisa Yuskavage,” Museo Tamayo de Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Mexico, 2006

Armando Morales,” Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico, 2004

Authentic/Ex-centric: Conceptualism in Contemporary African Art, Biennale di Venezia 49, January 15, 2002

David Kramer: Heaven On Earth,” Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Alberta, Canada, 2001

Symptomatic: Recent Works by Perry Hoberman,” National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, Bradford, UK, 2001

“Christian Schumann: .32 Caliber Cowboy Hat,” Carlier Gebauer Gallery, Berlin, Germany, 2000

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