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What is contemporary art?

What is contemporary art?

Smith, Terry (Terry E.)

Who gets to say what counts as contemporary art? Revealing how artists, critics, curators, gallerists, auctioneers, collectors & the public have shaped today's multifaceted definition, Terry Smith shows that the best way to an answer is to take a historical perspective

Paperback, Hardback, Book. English.
Published Chicago, [Ill.; London: University of Chicago Press, 2009
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Statement of responsibility: Terry Smith
ISBN: 0226764303, 0226764311, 9780226764306, 9780226764313
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xiv, 329 p. : ill., ports. ; 23 cm.
Subject: Aesthetics, Modern 21st century.; Saatchi, Charles; Modern art; Art, Modern 21st century History and criticism.; Museums; Art galleries; Tate Modern


  1. List of Illustrations
  2. Preface and Acknowledgments
  3. Introduction
  4. Contemporary Art Inside Out
  5. Part I Museums: Modern / Contemporary
  6. 1 Remodernizing Manhattan
  7. 2 Sublime-on-Hudson: Dia: Beacon Now
  8. 3 Sensation = Saatchi
  9. 4 Contemporizing the Tate Modern
  10. Part II Spectacles: Architecture / Sculpture
  11. 5 The Experience Museum: Bilbao and Beyond
  12. 6 The Intensity Exhibit: Barneyworld at McGuggenheim
  13. Part III Markets: Global / Local
  14. 7 Going Global: Selling Contemporary Art
  15. 8 From the Desert to the Fair
  16. Part IV Countercurrents: South / North
  17. 9 The Postcolonial Turn
  18. 10 Our Otherness: The Beauty of the Animal
  19. Part V Contemporaneity: Times / Places
  20. 11 Taking Time . . .
  21. 12 Art, Truth, and Politics
  22. Part VI. An Art Historical Hypothesis
  23. 13 What Is Contemporary Art?
  24. Notes
  25. Index

Author note

Terry Smith is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory at the University of Pittsburgh. His many books include The Architecture of Aftermath, also published by the University of Chicago Press.