Contemporary Art : 1989 to the Present

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  • Copyright: 2013-02-04
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An integrated account of today's contemporary art world that features original articles by leading international art historians, critics, curators, and artists, introducing varied perspectives on the most important debates and discussions happening around the world. Features an expansive collection of all-new essays on a range of themes reflecting the latest research in the field Synthesizes a tremendous amount of extant literature to offer a view of the period that has not been undertaken before Topics include: globalization, formalism, technology, participation, agency, biennials, activism, fundamentalism, judgment, markets, and art schools, and scholarship International in scope, bringing together many of the most important voices in the field, including Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, David Joselit, Michelle Kuo, Raqs Media Collective, and Jan Verwoert A stimulating guide that will encourage polemical interventions and foster critical dialogue among both students and art aficionados

Author Biography

Alexander Dumbadze is assistant professor of contemporary art at George Washington University. He is president of the Society of Contemporary Art Historians and a cofounder of the Contemporary Art Think Tank. He has written essays for a number of international exhibition catalogues, and is a recipient of the Creative Capital| Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant.  His book Bas Jan Ader: Death is Elsewhere is forthcoming in 2013.

Suzanne Hudson is assistant professor of contemporary art at the University of Southern California. She is president emeritus and chair of the executive committee of the Society of Contemporary Art Historians and a cofounder of the Contemporary Art Think Tank. In addition to her work as an art historian, she is an active critic whose work has appeared in international exhibition catalogues and such publications as Parkett, Flash Art, and Art Journal; she is a regular contributor to Artforum. In 2009 she published Robert Ryman: Used Paint, and Painting Now is forthcoming in 2013.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Alexander Dumbadze and Suzanne Hudson, “Contemporary Art: 1989 to the Present”

2. The Contemporary and Globalization

Tim Griffin, “Worlds Apart: Contemporary Art, Globalization, and the Rise of Biennials”

Terry Smith, “'Our’ Contemporaneity?”

Jean-Philippe Antoine, “The Historicity of the Contemporary is Now!”

3. Art After Modernism and Postmodernism

Julian Stallabrass, “Elite Art in an Age of Populism”

Monica Amor, “’Of Adversity we Live!’”

Pauline Yao, “Making it Work: Artists and Contemporary Art in China”

4. Formalism

Jan Verwoert, “Form Struggles”

Anne Ellegood, “Formalism Redefined”

Joan Kee, “The World in Plain View: Form in the Service of the Global”

5. Medium Specificity

Sabeth Buchmann, “The (Re)Animation of Medium Specificity in Contemporary Art”

Irene Small, “Medium Aspecificity”

Richard Shiff, “Specificity”

6. Art and Technology

Michelle Kuo, “Test Sites: Fabrication”

Ina Blom, “Inhabiting the Technosphere: Art and Technology Beyond Technical Invention”

David Joselit, “Conceptual Art 2.0”

7. Biennial

Massimiliano Gioni, “In Defense of Biennials”

Geeta Kapur, “Curating in Heterogeneous Worlds”

Caroline Jones, “Biennial Culture and the Aesthetics of Experience”

8. Participation

Liam Gillick and Maria Lind, “Participation”

Johanna Burton, “The Ripple Effect: ‘Participation’ as an Expanded Field”

Sofia Hernández Chong Cuy, “Publicity and Complicity in Contemporary Art”

9. Activism

Andrea Giunta, “Activism”

Julia Bryan-Wilson, “Knit Dissent”

Raqs Media Collective, “Light From a Distant Star: A Meditation on Art, Agency, and Politics”

10. Agency

Juliane Rebentisch, “Participation in Art: 10 Theses”

Tirdad Zolghadr, “Fusions of Power: Four Models of Agency in the Field of Contemporary Art, Ranked Unapologetically in Order of Preference”

T.J. Demos, “Life Full of Holes: Contemporary Art and Bare Life”

11. The Rise of Fundamentalism

Sven Lütticken, “Monotheism à la Mode”

Terri Weissmann, “Freedom’s Just Another Word”

Atteqa Ali, “On the Frontline: The Politics of Terrorism in Contemporary Pakistani Art”

12. Judgment

Joao Ribas, “Judgment’s Troubled Objects”

Frank Smigiel, “A Producer’s Journal, or Judgement A Go-Go,”

Lane Relyea, “After Criticism”

13. Markets

Olav Velthuis, “Globalization and Commercialization of the Art Market”

Mihai Pop, Sylvia Kouvali, and Andrea Rosen, “Three Perspectives on The Market”

Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri, “Untitled”

14. Art Schools

Katy Siegel, “Lifelong Learning”

Anton Vidokle, “Art without Institutions”

Pi Li, “Will the academy become a monster?”

15. Scholarship

Our Literal Speed, “Our Literal Speed”

Chika Okeke-Agulu, “Globalization, Art History, and the Specter of Difference”

Carrie Lambert-Beatty, “The Academic Condition of Contemporary Art”

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