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How to Read Contemporary Art

Michael Wilson

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An illuminating survey highlighting more than 400 influential works of contemporary art in all media


Today’s artists create work that is exciting, challenging – and often perplexing. Exploring the significance and impact of a broad selection of the most prominent artists working across the globe – including Marina Abramovic, Maurizio Cattelan, Tacita Dean, Olafur Eliasson, Thomas Hirschhorn, Gabriel Orozco, Ai Weiwei and many more – How to Read Contemporary Art provides a vital key to understanding the ever-changing face of art at the beginning of the 21st century.

Succinct profiles dedicated to each of the 175 featured artists describe the media, influences and themes that shape their practice. Encompassing work in video, film, photography, installation, sculpture, painting, drawing, digital media and performance, this is a vibrant and accessible companion for art lovers everywhere.

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'Superlative … This is essential reading for artists, students and interested viewers'
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Book Details

Format: Flexibound

Size: 24.0 x 17.0 cm

Extent: 396 pp

Publication date: 7 May 2013

ISBN: 9780500970447

Contents List

Introduction • Profiles of 175 artists

About the Author

Michael Wilson is an independent critic, editor, and curator who contributes regularly to Artforum and Time Out New York, and has written extensively for other publications including Frieze, Modern Painters and Art Monthly.