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Who's Afraid of Contemporary Art?

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What is contemporary art? What makes it contemporary? What is it for? And why is it so expensive?

From museums and the art market to biennales and the next big thing, Who’s Afraid of Contemporary Art? offers concise and pointed insights into today’s art scene, decoding “Artspeak," explaining what curators do, demystifying conceptual art, exploring emerging art markets, and
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published March 21st 2017 by Thames Hudson
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Mary Rose
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
I’m struggling, my dudes.

If you know anything about contemporary art, this book has nothing new to offer in terms of insight or perspective. If you know the names Marcel Duchamp, Jeff Koons, and Marina Abromavic you’ve basically got it down.
If you don’t know anything about contemporary art, you’re going to be frustrated by the haphazard layout of the book (it takes a cutesy ABCs approach which means that the subject matter jumps all over the place, you don’t get any historical basics to go off,
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting little book that covers many elements of the art world, and it's a great overview for people who like art but feel that they don't know much about it. Through 26 short essays, one for each letter of the alphabet, this book breaks down a lot of the basics about how the industry works, from what curators do, to how the monetary value of artwork is decided, to all the new artforms that have emerged in the past half century or so (digital works, installations, performance art ...more
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
I'd probably give this to someone who is constantly asking me what contemporary art is about but as a contemporary artist I think it's lacking in a lot of it's criticism of the art world at large.

By and large it seems like the kind of book that should just be released as a trade-paperback. Making it a hardcover just adds to the price of what would ultimately be a pretty disappointing piece of non-fiction, and doubly disappointing because of said price.
Andy Todd
Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction-read
There are some well-argued points here about the response to modern art: suggestive without seeking to be overtly persuasive. I was not keen on the 'A to Z' structure which seemed contrived and gave. no sense of direction. The result is a set of mini-essays - though many of them are intrinsically valid.
Vlada Segen
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it
A good and very basic introduction to contemporary art. I think for the price it is retailing at it could be a little bit more informative and offer a more in-depth discussion of individual artists or movements.
Aug 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
Braindead shit
Kasia Moleda
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a fantastic overview and analysis of the contemporary art world. One of the best I have read so far.
Ximena Apisdorf
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It is a very easy way to get in contemporary art with very easy and small articles that can be read continuously or just one by one in the way that you would prefer,
Wilde Sky
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it
This book gives an overview of contemporary art.

A couple of the sections were interesting but on the whole I found it a bit dull.

Overall rating 2.5
Pavel Annenkov
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Детально описана вся экосистема современного искусства и арт-рынка. 26 коротких глав о каждой составляющей этой загадочной области. Становятся понятны принципы раскрутки новых авторов, условия взаимоотношений галерей с художниками и экономика всех процессов. В конце книги есть отличный список со ссылками на главные ресурсы по искусству.

- Как что то становится искусством? Всё что угодно может стать искусством, пройдя две стадии. Первая - это попасть в галерею. Далее,
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