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The Artists Who Will Change the World

Omar Kholeif


An essential guide to the artists of tomorrow by one of the movers and shakers of the art world

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With the birth of contemporary museum culture and the advent of digital technologies, the 21st century has brought a whole new means by which to access art and its histories. How do we engage with contemporary art in an ever-developing global context, without getting lost in a frenzied cult of novelty?

The Artists Who Will Change the World is a new global map of art that points to the future. Unlike a traditional atlas, its cartography illustrates a world of international artists who may not yet be household names, but who will undoubtedly shape the art of tomorrow. These are artists whose work engages with the aesthetics of technology and the issues of tomorrow; artists who are developing concepts rarely tested before, or who are engaging with politics in new ways. Omar Kholeif takes us on a journey of discovery that will influence generations of artists and art lovers to come.

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'Exciting … Omar Kholeif looks to the future influence of some of today’s most promising and game-changing artists … an essential manual for the 21st century and beyond'
Hans Ulrich Obrist

'A bold and capacious compendium of recent artistic practices'
W. J. T. Mitchell

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Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 23.0 x 17.7 cm

Extent: 192 pp

Publication date: 13 September 2018

ISBN: 9780500519967

Contents List

Mapping the Contemporary: Introduction by Omar Kholeif • The Cause but not the Symptom: Introduction by Douglas Coupland • Technology: Jeremy Bailey; James Bridle; Ian Cheng; DIS; Constant Dullaart; Guan Xiao; Katja Novitskova; Trevor Paglen; Heather Phillipson; Jacolby; Satterwhite; Hito Steyerl; Ryan Trecartin • Identity: Jonathas de Andrade; Zach Blas; Andrea Crespo; Celia Hempton; Adam Linder; Tala Madani; James Richards; Tejal Shah; Hank Willis Thomas; Amalia Ulman; Lynette Yiadom-Boakye • Place: Nadim Abbas; Assemble; Cao Fei; Cui Jie; Theaster Gates; Camille Henrot; Iman Issa; Samson Kambalu; Lee Kit; Basim Magdy; Taus Makhacheva; Koki Tanaka; Adrián Villar Rojas; Amanda Williams; Zhou Tao • Power: Lawrence Abu Hamdan; Sophia Al-Maria; Yto Barrada; Zachary Cahill; Simon Denny; GCC; Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Jorge; Jumana Manna; Otobong Nkanga; Christodoulos Panayiotou; The Propeller Group; Imran Qureshi; Michael Rakowitz; Hrair Sarkissian; Kemang Wa Lehulere; Xu Zhen

About the Author

Over the last decade, Omar Kholeif has quickly become one of the most recognisable curators of modern and contemporary art working globally. By the age of thirty he had curated over a hundred exhibitions and commissions of contemporary artists’ work. He has authored or edited over twenty books on art.

List of Contributors

Douglas Coupland

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