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What Is Contemporary Art?

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What Is Contemporary Art? by Terry Smith Book Summary:

Who gets to say what counts as contemporary art? Artists, critics, curators, gallerists, auctioneers, collectors, or the public? Revealing how all of these groups have shaped today’s multifaceted definition, Terry Smith brilliantly shows that an historical approach offers the best answer to the question: What is Contemporary Art? Smith argues that the most recognizable kind is characterized by a return to mainstream modernism in the work of such artists as Richard Serra and Gerhard Richter, as well as the retro-sensationalism of figures like Damien Hirst and Takashi Murakami. At the same time, Smith reveals, postcolonial artists are engaged in a different kind of practice: one that builds on local concerns and tackles questions of identity, history, and globalization. A younger generation embodies yet a third approach to contemporaneity by investigating time, place, mediation, and ethics through small-scale, closely connective art making. Inviting readers into these diverse yet overlapping art worlds, Smith offers a behind-the-scenes introduction to the institutions, the personalities, the biennials, and of course the works that together are defining the contemporary. The resulting map of where art is now illuminates not only where it has been but also where it is going.

What was Contemporary Art?

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What was Contemporary Art? by Richard Meyer Book Summary:

Meyer analyzes an undergraduate course taught by Alfred Barr at Wellesley College in 1927 as a key moment in the introduction of works by living artists into the discipline of art history, then turns to a series of exhibitions from the 1930s that put contemporary art in dialogue with premodern works ranging from prehistoric cave pictures to Italian Renaissance paintings. Meyer also treats the controversy that arose in 1948 over the decision by Boston's Institute of Modern Art to change its name to the Institute of Contemporary Art. By retrieving moments in the history of once-current art, Meyer redefines "the contemporary" as a condition of being alive to and alongside other moments, artists, and objects.

What is Contemporary Art?

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What is Contemporary Art? by Jacky Klein,Suzy Klein Book Summary:

Presents an illustrated look at contemporary art, examining the work of over seventy artists from around the world, the themes they explore, the diverse materials they use, and the techniques they employ.

What Is Contemporary Art?

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What Is Contemporary Art? by Alexander García Düttmann Book Summary:

Art today is often practiced in perfect conformity with the neoliberal zeitgeist, often even denying its own radical potential. What is Contemporary Art? lucidly examines the relationship between art and politics in our time. Addressing the heart of the political-aesthetic debate, Alexander Garcia Düttmann shows how the radicality of contemporary art actually serves to strengthen today's political ideologies, ultimately frustrating rather than propelling real social change as a result.

What is Contemporary Art?

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What is Contemporary Art? by Julieta Aranda,Brian Kuan Wood,Anton Vidokle Book Summary:

"What is contemporary art? First, and most obviously: why is this question not asked? That is to say, why do we simply leave it to hover in the shadow of attempts at critical summation in the grand tradition of twentieth-century artistic movements? The contemporary delineates its border invisibly: no one is proud to be 'contemporary', and no one is ashamed. Indeed, the question of where artistic movements have gone seems embedded in this question, if only because the 'contemporary' has become a single hegemonic '-ism' that absorbs all proposals for others. When there is no longer any artistic movements, it seems that we are all working under the auspices of this singular -ism that is deliberately (and not literally) not one at all ..." -- book cover.

Art to Come

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Art to Come by Terry Smith Book Summary:

In Art to Come Terry Smith—who is widely recognized as one of the world's leading historians and theorists of contemporary art—traces the emergence of contemporary art and further develops his concept of contemporaneity. Smith shows that embracing contemporaneity as both a historical concept and a condition of the globalized world allows us to grasp how contemporary art exists in a fluid space of increasing interdependencies, multiple contemporaneous modernities, and persistent inequalities. Throughout these essays, Smith offers systematic proposals for writing contemporary art's histories while assessing how curators, critics, philosophers, artists, and art historians are currently doing so. Among other topics, Smith examines the intersection of architecture with other visual arts, Chinese art since the Cultural Revolution, how philosophers are theorizing concepts associated with the contemporary, Australian Indigenous art, and the current state of art history. Art to Come will be essential reading for artists, art students, curators, gallery workers, historians, critics, and theorists.

What's Wrong with Contemporary Art?

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What's Wrong with Contemporary Art? by Peter Timms Book Summary:

The "packing, promotion and reception" of contemporary art troubles Peter Timms. Market demands dominate and art has been corrupted and trivialized. The problem, he argues, extends to the way art is taught in art schools, the art that artists make, the collecting and curatorial methodologies of galleries and museums, funding criteria, the way that art is written about and the media's depiction of art.

Vad Är Samtida Konst?

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Vad Är Samtida Konst? by Peter Edström Book Summary:

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Le paradigme de l'art contemporain. Structures d'une révolution artistique

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Le paradigme de l'art contemporain. Structures d'une révolution artistique by Nathalie Heinich Book Summary:

Dans un article paru en 1999 dans Le Débat, Nathalie Heinich proposait de considérer l’art contemporain comme un genre de l’art, différent de l’art moderne comme de l’art classique. Il s’agissait d’en bien marquer la spécificité – un jeu sur les frontières ontologiques de l’art – tout en accueillant la pluralité des définitions de l’art susceptibles de coexister. Quinze ans après, la querelle de l’art contemporain n’est pas éteinte, stimulée par l’explosion des prix, la spectacularisation des propositions et le soutien d’institutions renommées, comme l’illustrent les installations controversées à Versailles. Dans ce nouveau livre, l'auteur pousse le raisonnement à son terme : plus qu’un genre artistique, l’art contemporain fonctionne comme un nouveau paradigme, autrement dit une structuration générale des conceptions admises à un moment du temps, un modèle inconscient qui formate le sens de la normalité. Nathalie Heinich peut dès lors scruter en sociologue les modalités de cette révolution artistique dans le fonctionnement interne du monde de l’art : critères d’acceptabilité, fabrication et circulation des œuvres, statut des artistes, rôle des intermédiaires et des institutions... Une installation, une performance, une vidéo sont étrangères aux paradigmes classique comme moderne, faisant de l’art contemporain un objet de choix pour une investigation sociologique raisonnée, à distance aussi bien des discours de ses partisans que de ceux de ses détracteurs. Prix Montyon 2015

Vad Är Samtida Konst?

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Vad Är Samtida Konst? by Peter Edström Book Summary:

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Contemporary Art and Capitalist Modernization

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Contemporary Art and Capitalist Modernization by Octavian Esanu Book Summary:

This book addresses the art historical category of "contemporary art" from a transregional perspective, but unlike other volumes of its kind, it focuses in on non-Western instantiations of "the contemporary." The book concerns itself with the historical conditions in which a radically new mode of artistic production, distribution, and consumption – called "contemporary art" – emerged in some countries of Eastern Europe, the post-Soviet republics of the USSR, India, Latin America, and the Middle East, following both local and broader sociopolitical processes of modernization and neoliberalization. Its main argument is that one cannot fully engage with the idea of the "global contemporary" without also paying careful attention to the particular, local, and/or national symptoms of the contemporary condition. Part I is methodological and theoretical in scope, while Part II is historical and documentary. For the latter, a number of case studies address the emergence of the category "contemporary art" in the context of Lebanon, Egypt, India, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Armenia, and Moldova. The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, globalism, cultural studies, and postcolonial studies.

Contemporary Art: A Very Short Introduction

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Contemporary Art: A Very Short Introduction by Julian Stallabrass Book Summary:

Contemporary art has never been so popular - but what is 'contemporary' about contemporary art? What is its role today, and who is controlling its future? Bloody toy soldiers, gilded shopping carts, and embroidered tents. Contemporary art is supposed to be a realm of freedom where artists shock, break taboos, flout generally received ideas, and switch between confronting viewers with works of great emotional profundity and jaw-dropping triviality. But away from shock tactics in the gallery, there are many unanswered questions. Who is really running the art world? What effect has America's growing political and cultural dominance had on art? Julian Stallabrass takes us inside the international art world to answer these and other controversial questions, and to argue that behind contemporary art's variety and apparent unpredictability lies a grim uniformity. Its mysteries are all too easily explained, its depths much shallower than they seem. Contemporary art seeks to bamboozle its viewers while being the willing slave of business and government. This book is your antidote and will change the way you see contemporary art. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Visual Arts in Cameroon

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Visual Arts in Cameroon by Schemmel, Annette Book Summary:

Annette Schemmel provides a highly illuminating case study of the major actors, discourses and paradigm that shaped the history of visual arts in Cameroon during the second part of the 20th century. Her book meticulously reconstructs the multiple ways of artistic knowledge acquisition - from the consolidation of the "Système de Grands Frères" in the 1970s to the emergence of more discursively oriented small artists' initiatives which responded to the growing NGO market of social practice art opportunities in the 2000s. Based on archival research, participant observation and in depth interviews with art practitioners in Douala and Yaoundé, this study is a must read for everyone who wants to better understand the vibrant artistic scenes in countries like Cameroon, which until today lack a proper state-funded infrastructure in the arts.

Vad Är Samtida Konst?

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Vad Är Samtida Konst? by Peter Edström Book Summary:

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Faire école (ou la refaire ?)

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Faire école (ou la refaire ?) by Thierry de Duve Book Summary:

Transmettre, créer : deux termes qui, dans quelque ordre qu’on les mette, résument l’équation que toute école d’art est amenée à résoudre. Un défi que cette édition revue et fortement augmentée de Faire école (1992) – un ouvrage qui n’a rien perdu de son acuité et de son actualit頖 pense à partir de la longue expérience de son auteur dans l’enseignement artistique. Depuis la création de l’Erg (École de recherches graphiques) en 1972, à Bruxelles, qui est ici analysée pour la première fois, jusqu’aux expériences récentes menées à l’Institut Saint-Lucas de Gand, en passant par le projet de création de l’École des beaux-arts de la Ville de Paris, brutalement interrompu en 1993, Thierry de Duve n’a cessé de militer pour des réformes de fond dans la manière de former les artistes plasticiens. Ce livre véritablement écrit analyse la transmission comme condition de la création, non seulement sous l’angle de la pratique, mais aussi sous celui de l’histoire. Ainsi trouvera-t-on dans ce volume l’esquisse d’une généalogie des avant-gardes articulée sur les rapports entre les artistes et le prince (Allemagne) ou la puissance publique (France), d’où l’auteur dégage deux modèles de légitimation franchement opposés – un contraste dont le pouvoir de provocation devrait, de toute évidence, faire débat. Que transmettre et comment, à l’époque de l’art-en-général ? l’école d’art est-elle le lieu le plus judicieux pour cette construction de la mémoire ? Et est-ce seulement à elle de former des artistes ? Dans ces pages, traversées par une véritable passion de la transmission, se trame aussi le désir on ne peut plus ardent – et urgent – d’inventer une tradition.