9780262044103

The Story of Contemporary Art

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  • ISBN13:

    9780262044103

  • ISBN10:

    0262044102

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2020-11-10
  • Publisher: Mit Pr

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Summary

A lively introduction to contemporary art that stretches from Andy Warhol's Brillo boxes to Marina Abramović's performance art to today's biennale circuit and million-dollar auctions.

Encountering a work of contemporary art, a viewer might ask, “What does it mean?” “Is it really art?” and “Why does it cost so much?” These are not the questions that E. H. Gombrich set out to answer in his magisterial The Story of Art. Contemporary art seems totally unlike what came before it, departing from the road map supplied by Raphael, Dürer, Rembrandt, and other European masters. In The Story of Contemporary Art, Tony Godfrey picks up where Gombrich left off, offering a lively introduction to contemporary art that stretches from Andy Warhol's Brillo boxes to Marina Abramović's performance art to today's biennale circuit and million-dollar auctions. Godfrey, a curator and writer on contemporary art, chronicles important developments in pop art, minimalism, conceptualism, installation art, performance art, and beyond.

Godfrey's narrative, lavishly illustrated, traces a series of debates over what art is or should be: object versus sculpture, painting versus conceptual, local versus global, gallery versus wider world. He presents multiple voices—not only critics, theorists, curators, and collectors but also artists and audiences. Key to Godfrey's account is the upending of the once widespread perception that art is made almost exclusively by white men from North America and Europe. The Story of Contemporary Art is an essential guide to this radical transformation.

Author Biography

Tony Godfrey is the author of Conceptual Painting and Painting Today and has contributed to Art in America, the Burlington Magazine, and numerous exhibition catalogs. Formerly Programme Director of the MA in Contemporary Art at Sotheby's Institute in London, he is a curator based in Manila.

Table of Contents

PREFACE
INTRODUCTION
On Contemporary Art and Artists
CHAPTER 1
The Wreckage of Modernism and After: 1945–1979
CHAPTER 2
The Return to Painting: The Early 1980s
CHAPTER 3
Taking the Photograph Seriously: The 1980s Continued
CHAPTER 4
Sculpture, Installations or Commodities? Around 1987
CHAPTER 5
National Art or Global Art? 1989
CHAPTER 6
For a Community, Oneself or One’s Soul? The Late 1990s
CHAPTER 7
The Spectacular or the Everyday? 2000–2004
CHAPTER 8
Storytelling or Abstraction? 2005–2009
CHAPTER 9
Auction Art or Biennale Art? 2010–2014
CHAPTER 10
Art in the Age of Surveillance Capitalism: 2015 Onwards
Afterword
Notes
Acknowledgments
Picture Credits
Index

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