Who's Afraid of Contemporary Art?

What is contemporary art? What makes it contemporary? Who is it for? And why is it so expensive? Packed with behind-the-scenes information and delightfully free from jargon, this paperback edition of Who's Afraid of Contemporary Art? is the perfect gallery companion.
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From museums and the art market to biennials, this book offers concise and pointed insights into today's art scene, decoding "artspeak", explaining what curators do, demystifying conceptual art, exploring emerging art markets, and more. In this easy-to-navigate A to Z guide, the authors' playful explanations draw on key artworks, artists, and events from around the globe, including how the lights going on and off by Martin Creed won the Turner Prize, what makes the likes of Marina Abramovic´ and Ai Weiwei such great artists, and why Kanye West would trade his Grammys to be one.

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Colour illustrations.

Kyung An is an Assistant Curator at the Guggenheim Museum, New York. She has a PhD in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. Jessica Cesari is Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the UK Government Art Collection. She was Assistant Curator of the 2019 Venice Biennal and the 2016 Biennale of Sydney.
Thames & Hudson
203 x 152
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