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One Work

The One Work series is a library of small books, each title focusing on a single artwork that has significantly shaped the way we understand art and its history.


One Work is a unique series of books, each of which presents a single work of art considered in detail by a single author. The focus of the series is on contemporary art, and its aim is to provoke debate about significant moments in art’s recent development. The books insist that a single contemporary work of art (in all its different manifestations), through a unique and radical aesthetic articulation or invention, can affect our understanding of art in general. More than that, these books suggest that a single work of art can literally transform, however modestly, the way we look at and understand the world.

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Elisa Adami, Mark Lewis

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Wing Chan

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Deirdre O’Dwyer


The MIT Press


Emily Schofield


The One Work series is distributed by The MIT Press. Many titles are also available as e-books.

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