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Who's Afraid of Contemporary Art?

Kyung An, Jessica Cerasi


An irreverent introduction to the art and art world of today, written by two curators at the heart of the contemporary art scene

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What am I looking at?
What makes it art?
And why does it matter?

Contemporary art can be pretty baffling, but Kyung An and Jessica Cerasi are on hand to bring you up to speed. This A to Z guide offers concise and pointed insights into today’s art scene, explaining what curators do, demystifying conceptual art and answering all the questions about
contemporary art you were too afraid to ask.

Who’s Afraid of Contemporary Art? is the perfect guide for when the next big thing leaves you completely stumped.

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'Thoroughly readable'
Mr Porter

'A well-rounded evaluation of the international art world, encouraging us not to be afraid to experience something extraordinary'

'Good prep for arty parties'
The Lady

'Informative and entertaining'
The Artist

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Further Details


Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 19.6 x 14.8 cm

Extent: 136 pp

Illustrations: 40

Publication date: 9 February 2017

ISBN: 9780500292747

Contents List

1. Who’s Afraid of Contemporary Art? • 2. Art, What For?: What’s it all about? • 3. Bringing You up To Speed: How did we get here? • 4. Contemporary: What makes it so contemporary? • 5. Dream Academy: How do art students become artists? • 6. Emperor’s New Clothes: What makes it art? • 7. Flashmobs: What’s next in the art calendar? • 8. Geeks and Techies: When did it all get so technical? • 9. Histories: Whose story is the story of art?

About the Author

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 Cerasi is Exhibitions Manager at Carroll / Fletcher; she was Assistant Curator of the 20th Biennale of Sydney in 2016 and previously Curatorial Assistant at the Hayward Gallery, London.