Contemporary Art

ISBN-10: 0192806467
ISBN-13: 9780192806468
Edition: 2006
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/25/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 168
Size: 4.50" wide x 6.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.506
Language: English

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.

Julian Stallabrass is Professor of Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. He is the author of Art Incorporated: The Story of Contemporary Art, High Art Lite: The Rise and Fall of Young British Art, and other books.

Acknowledgements
List of illustrations
A zone of freedom?
New world order
Consuming culture
Uses and prices of art
The rules of art now
Contradictions
References
Index

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