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Art Since 1989 (World of Art)

Kelly Grovier


'Essential reading, with clear signposting and sparkling prose' Times Literary Supplement

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The last few decades have seen a complete untethering of what art can be, who makes it and where it can be found, which has been matched by a reassessment of art’s appropriate place in society and the financial value that should be attached to it. This survey of the dynamic developments in art worldwide since 1989 goes in search of those artists who have shaped a new visual vocabulary and whose work reflects on these turbulent years.

Kelly Grovier examines the key themes in contemporary art, from portraiture in the age of face transplants and facial recognition software, to political activism, science and religion. Artists discussed include Jeff Koons, Louise Bourgeois, Damien Hirst, George Condo, Marlene Dumas, Sean Scully, Cindy Sherman, Banksy, Ai Weiwei, Antony Gormley, Christo and Jean-Claude, Jenny Holzer, Chuck Close and Cornelia Parker.

The final chapter, a timeline, traces the evolution of art practice in this period by looking closely at one key artwork from each year.

Kelly Grovier is a brilliant new voice whose writing conveys the excitement, relevance and universality of contemporary art. This book is essential reading for all students of contemporary art and art history, as well as anyone with an interest in contemporary visual culture.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 21.0 x 15.0 cm

Extent: 224 pp

Publication date: 16 November 2015

ISBN: 9780500204269

Contents List

1. Face Time: Reinventing The Portrait • 2. You Are Here: Seeing Space in Contemporary Art • 3. The Seen And The Unseen: Death, God And Religion • 4. Streets And Struggles: Uprisings And Unrest • 5. Fleshed Out: The Body And Contemporary Art • 6. The Long Now: Time And History In Contemporary Art • 7. Event Horizons: Science And Contemporary Art • 8. Colours True And False: The New Abstract Art • 9. The Language Generation: Using Words In Art • 10. Timeline: The Key Detail

About the Author

Kelly Grovier is a poet and cultural critic. He is a columnist and feature writer for BBC Culture and his writings on art have appeared in The Times Literary Supplement, The Independent, The Sunday Times, The Observer, The RA Magazine, and Wired. Educated at the University of California, Los Angeles, and at the University of Oxford, he is co-founder of the international scholarly journal European Romantic Review and author of 100 Works of Art That Will Define Our Age (2013) and Art Since 1989 (2015), both published by Thames & Hudson. He was voted one of Alt Power 100 Artlyst 2018.

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