What Is Contemporary Art?

ISBN-10: 0226764311
ISBN-13: 9780226764313
Edition: 2009
Authors: Terry Smith
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

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.

Terry Smith is a Distinguished Research Professor at DePauw College of Law.

List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: Contemporary Art Inside Out
Museums: Modern/Contemporary
Remodernizing Manhattan
Sublime-on-Hudson: Dia:Beacon Now
Sensation = Saatchi
Contemporizing the Tate Modern
Spectacles: Architecture/Sculpture
The Experience Museum: Bilbao and Beyond
The Intensity Exhibit: Barneyworld at McGuggenheim
Markets: Global/Local
Going Global: Selling Contemporary Art
From the Desert to the Fair
Countercurrents: South/North
The Postcolonial Turn
Our Otherness: The Beauty of the Animal
Contemporaneity: Times/Places
Taking Time...
Art, Truth, and Politics
An Art Historical Hypothesis
What Is Contemporary Art?
Notes
Index

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