Contemporary Art: A Very Short Introduction
By (author) Julian Stallabrass
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Contemporary Art: A Very Short Introduction by Julian Stallabrass
Book DescriptionContemporary art has never been so popular - but what is 'contemporary' about contemporary art? What is its role today, and who is controlling its future? Bloody toy soldiers, gilded shopping carts, and embroidered tents. Contemporary art is supposed to be a realm of freedom where artists shock, break taboos, flout generally received ideas, and switch between confronting viewers with works of great emotional profundity and jaw-dropping triviality. But away from shock tactics in the gallery, there are many unanswered questions. Who is really running the art world? What effect has America's growing political and cultural dominance had on art? Julian Stallabrass takes us inside the international art world to answer these and other controversial questions, and to argue that behind contemporary art's variety and apparent unpredictability lies a grim uniformity. Its mysteries are all too easily explained, its depths much shallower than they seem. Contemporary art seeks to bamboozle its viewers while being the willing slave of business and government. This book is your antidote and will change the way you see contemporary art. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780192806468
(174mm x 111mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 23-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Julian Stallabrass
Beaconsfield, Paperback (October 2015)
This is the first major book on the more than 20-year history of Beaconsfield, an important artists association in Canada founded by two trained painters David Crawforth and Naomi Siderfin. Their story of curatorial innovation and experimentation over the years will inspire any burgeoning artist or curator.
Guantanamo, Hardback (October 2010)
Guantanamo: If the light goes out illustrates three experiences of home: at Guantanamo naval base, home to the American community; in the camp complex where the detainees have been held; and in the homes where former detainees, never charged with any crime, find themselves trying to rebuild lives.
Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Hardback (November 2007)
Features over eighty still lives, portraits, and landscapes by photographers Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin. This book traces links between photography, imperialism and the colonial impulse to acquire, map, and collect.
High Art Lite, Paperback (October 2006)» View all books by Julian Stallabrass
Providing an analysis of the "young British artists", this work explores the reasons for its popularity and the work of its leading exponents: Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Marcus Harvey and Sarah Lucas, among others.
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Author Biography - Julian Stallabrass
Julian Stallabrass is Reader in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Previously he was Paul Mellon Center Fellow at the Tate Gallery, assistant editor of the New Left Review, and tutor in Contemporary Art at the Ruskin School of Fine Art and Drawing, University of Oxford. Publications include Paris Pictured (Royal Academy of Arts, 2002), the highly controversial High Art Lite (Verso, 1999), and Internet Art: The Online Clash of Culture and Commerce (Tate Gallery Publishing, 2003). He also writes for the Evening Standard, the New Statesman, and Prospect, and has appeared on Radio 3's Nightwaves programme.
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