Defining Contemporary Art: 25 Years In 200 Pivotal Artworks by Daniel BirnbaumDefining Contemporary Art: 25 Years In 200 Pivotal Artworks by Daniel Birnbaum

Defining Contemporary Art: 25 Years In 200 Pivotal Artworks

byDaniel Birnbaum, Cornelia H. Butler, Suzanne Cotter

Hardcover | November 7, 2011

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In the mid-1980s the sprouting of new movements that had driven modern art since the nineteenth century finally went dormant, sputtering out with a last few half-hearted lels ('pattern painting', 'neo-geo', 'commodity art'). But this was not the end of art history -- far from it. In the years since, art's creative development has remained more vibrant than ever, resulting in a staggering diversity of new forms.

Defining Contemporary Artresponds to this unique landscape with an innovative approach to art history. Assembled and written by eight of the most prominent curators working today, all of whom have both witnessed and shaped this period,Defining Contemporary Arttells the story of the two hundred pivotal artworks of the past twenty-five years. These artworks include not only the most talked out pieces but also the quietly influential works, those which may have been overlooked at the time of their making but which went on to change the paradigm of their era. Arranged year by year, these two hundred works provide a true chronological depiction of creativity in our era, forming a mosaic in which readers may find their own patterns..
Daniel Birnbaum is Director of the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. Formerly Curator of Portikus and Rektor at the Staedelschule in Frankfurt, he has also organized numerous international exhibitions, including the 52nd Venice Biennale (2009) and the 1st Moscow Biennial (2004).Cornelia Butler is Curator of Drawings at the Museum of Modern ...
Title:Defining Contemporary Art: 25 Years In 200 Pivotal ArtworksFormat:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 11.75 × 8.75 × 2.25 inPublished:November 7, 2011Publisher:Phaidon PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0714862096

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". . .the reader is tempted with an array of dazzling images and supporting essays to tease out their own grand narratives. Whether you are an art historian, collector or a casual art peruser, this survey of the past 25 years from a curatorial perspective is certainly a feast for the eyes." - The Huffington Post". . .not only addresses the obstacle of pinning down the nebulous term "contemporary art," but also manages to pull off a legible presentation of it in a single book. . .Ultimately, Defining Contemporary Art functions as both a demonstration of contemporary curation and a poly-contextualized historical view." - Art Log