Since the 1960s, contemporary art has helped to challenge the otherwise accepted historical categorizations of what art is, who creates it, and how it is represented and evaluated. Contemporary Art explores the term 'contemporary', what it means in, well, the present and how the term came about.
Curator and author Natalie Rudd explains the many aspects of contemporary art up to today, including different approaches, media and recurring themes. Each chapter deals with a core question at linguistic level, supported by an analysis of six relevant works.
Rudd also looks at the role of the art market and its structures, including art fairs and biennials, and how these have evolved since the millennium. The expanded role of contemporary artists as personality; how artists break down historical and contemporary narratives to reveal inequalities, and the potential of art to improve the world and bring about political change.
A "toolbox" section provides advice on how to interpret contemporary art and where to access it.
Natalie Rudd is Senior Curator of the UK's Arts Council Collection.
Dimensions: H: 21.6 x 13.8 cm
Author: Nathalie Rudd