The Contemporaries: Travels in the 21st-Century Art World

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ISBN: 9781620400944
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Language: English
Page Count: 276
Size: 9.53" l x 6.43" w x 1.07"
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Art History
Art Criticism
It’s been nearly a century since Marcel Duchamp exhibited a urinal and called it art. Since then, painting has been declared dead several times over, and contemporary art has now expanded to include just about any object, action, or event: dance routines, slideshows, functional hair salons, seemingly random accretions of waste. In the meantime, being an artist has gone from a join-the-circus fantasy to a plausible vocation for scores of young people in America.

But why - and how and by whom - does all this art get made? How is it evaluated? And for what, if anything, will today’s artists be remembered? In The Contemporaries, Roger White, himself a young painter, serves as our spirited, skeptical guide through this diffuse creative world.

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