An integrated account of today's contemporary art world that features original articles by leading international art historians, critics, curators, and artists, introducing varied perspectives on the most important debates and discussions happening around the world. An engaging account of today's contemporary art world that features original articles by leading international art historians, critics, curators, and artists, introducing varied perspectives on the most important debates and discussions happening around the world. Features a collection of all-new essays, organized around fourteen specific themes, chosen to reflect the latest debates in contemporary art since 1989 Each topic is prefaced by an introduction on current discussions in the field and investigated by three essays, each shedding light on the subject in new and contrasting ways Topics include: globalization, formalism, technology, participation, agency, biennials, activism, fundamentalism, judgment, markets, art schools, and scholarship International in scope, bringing together over forty of the most important voices in the field, including Sofa Hernndez Chong Cuy, David Joselit, Michelle Kuo, Raqs Media Collective, and Jan Verwoert A stimulating guide that will encourage polemical interventions and foster critical dialogue among both students and art aficionados
“Interesting and pertinent topics [covered] are the globalization of the art world, the expansion of biennial and art fairs as venues, the use of technology as a medium, the theme of social activism, and the relevant education of the studio artist … The essays are consistently well written and include copious notes … Recommended.” Choice (1 August 2013)
“With its rich roster of art historians, critics, and curators, Contemporary Art: 1989 to the Present provides the essential chart of this new field. “
- Hal Foster, Princeton University
“Featuring a diverse and exciting line-up of international critics, curators and art historians, Contemporary Art: 1989 to the Present is an indispensable introduction to the major issues shaping the study of contemporary art.”
- Pamela Lee, Stanford University
“In Contemporary Art: 1989 to the Present, a new generation of critics and scholars comes of age. Full of fresh ideas, engaged writing, and provocative proposals about the art of the current moment and the immediate past, this book is sure to become the standard, 'go to' text in the field of contemporary art history.”
- Richard Meyer, author of What was Contemporary Art?
The contemporary art world has expanded exponentially—in both size and complexity—over the last two decades, leading to a general uncertainty as to what matters and why. Contemporary Art: 1989 to the Present provides an unparalleled resource for students, artists, scholars, and art enthusiasts who are eager to navigate today’s art world. It is the first collection of its kind to bring together fresh perspectives from leading international art historians, critics, curators, and artists for a comprehensive discussion of what contemporary art is today.
Divided into fourteen thematic clusters, each section presents three essays that offer a kaleidoscope of lively and expert viewpoints on each topic. Topics include globalization, formalism, technology, participation, agency, biennials, activism, fundamentalism, judgment, markets, and art schools, and scholarship. These clusters organize material in distinct and overlapping ways, allowing readers to customize their approach to their needs.
With up-to-date research concerns as well as more enduring topics, this text will provoke lively discussion regarding contemporary art, its study, and its historiography. Contemporary Art: 1989 to the Present provides a much-needed examination of the unique contemporary situation, and an encapsulation of a complex intellectual zeitgeist.