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Who's Afraid of Contemporary Art?

Kyung An Jessica Cerasi



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Thames & Hudson
01 March 2020
Art & Architecture; Art & design styles: from c 1960
What is contemporary art? What makes it 'contemporary'? What is it for? And why is it so expensive? The contemporary art world can be a baffling place, but Kyung An and Jessica Cerasi are on hand to bring you up to speed. From museums and the art market to biennales and the next big thing, Who's Afraid of Contemporary Art? offers concise and pointed insights into today's art scene, decoding 'artspeak', explaining what curators do, demystifying conceptual art, exploring emerging art markets and much, much more. The authors' playful explanations draw on key artworks, artists and events from around the globe, including Felix Gonzalez-Torres's 'Candy Spills', extreme Chinese performances, Damien Hirst and Kanye West.

Packed with behind-the-scenes information and completely free of 'artspeak', Who's Afraid of Contemporary Art? is the perfect gallery companion and the go-to guide for when the next big thing leaves you stumped.
By:   Kyung An, Jessica Cerasi
Imprint:   Thames & Hudson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 148mm, 
Weight:   320g
ISBN:   9780500295731
ISBN 10:   0500295735
Pages:   136
Publication Date:   01 March 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for Who's Afraid of Contemporary Art?

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

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