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Contemporary art

Preceded by: modern art

Related: postmodern art -

Era: 1970s - 1980s - 1990s - 2000s

Artists: Marina Abramovic - Vito Acconci - Laurie Anderson - Matthew Barney - Vanessa Beecroft - Guillaume Bijl - Maurizio Cattelan - John Currin - Jan Fabre - Lucian Freud - Gilbert and George - Andy Goldsworthy - Dan Graham - Richard Hamilton - Damien Hirst - Jenny Holzer - Jeff Koons - Mike Kelley - Hermann Nitsch - Paula Rego - Thomas Ruff - Robert Smithson - Luc Tuymans - Lisa Yuskavage

Fields: body art - body fluids in art - installation art - intermedia

Mike Kelley: The Uncanny (2004) - Mike Kelley [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Contemporary art

Contemporary art should not be confused with modern art - the former is art being created today and the art of roughly since the early seventies, while the latter generally refers to art from the 1860s until the 1970s. Contemporary art is characterized by its extreme diversity and the apparent lack of specific movements. -- adapted from wikipedia.org, Mar 15, 2004--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contemporary_art, Nov 2003

Contemporary artist

Contemporary artists must deal on a regular basis on the intention and message behind their art, and increasingly, issues such as site-specificity and choice of materials are becoming more and more relevant in the broadcasting of both their message and the physical aesthetic of their artwork. Art is put to the service of generating a sense of authenticity and uniqueness of place for quasi-promotional agendas, one of the fundamental ideas behind the artwork is to create a dialogue between artists, the locality and the public, to encourage the artists to create projects that dealt with conditions in the town, its architecture, urban planning, its history and the social structure of society in the town, a place for a natural confrontation between history and contemporary art. If there is a clash between choice of materials and a site for their artwork, the very meaning of that artwork can change or deviate from the intended message or significance, thus exaction is required in order for the intended audience to perceive the intended message. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contemporary_artist [Apr 2005]

List of contemporary artists

This is a list of contemporary artists, i.e. whose peak of activity can be situated somewhere between the 1970s (the advent of postmodernism) and the present day. Artists in this list have proven their importance because their work has been shown in contemporary art exhibitions of worldwide importance, such as the documenta or the Venice Biennale, or exhibited in major modern or contemporary art museums and institutes.

There may be some overlap with the list of modern artists, since it is difficult to define the boundaries between modern and contemporary art. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_contemporary_artists [Mar 2004]

Paul Mccarthy (1996) - Ralph Rugoff

Paul Mccarthy (Contemporary Artists) (1996) - Ralph Rugoff [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

From Library Journal
If we are to see art as a mirror of society, the work of Paul McCarthy reflects all that is perverted, violent, and deranged in this world. Characterized by crawling around on hands and knees in specially built environments (e.g., Santa's workshop) and dousing his body in ketchup and mayonnaise, his performances repulse, but he remains one of the most talked-about artists today. Published in conjunction with a retrospective exhibition at New York's New Museum of Contemporary Art, this catalog documents over 30 years of McCarthy's art, including performance, installation, video, and photographic work. One of the strengths of this publication is the critical analysis provided by three highly regarded scholars. In comparison, the 1996 monograph from Phaidon Press's "Contemporary Artist" series of the same title offers performance scripts, interviews with the artist, and samples of his own writing. Both publications offer a plethora of color and black-and-white reproductions. Recommended for libraries with good contemporary art collections. Krista Ivy, Bryn Mawr Coll. Lib., PA Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product Description:
Working in a pioneering fusion of sculpture and conceptually based performance, Paul McCarthy is one of the most influential figures in contemporary art-however the full range is of his oeuvre is still not fully appreciated or understood. While his architectural installations incorporating video and performance artifacts have received copious critical and curatorial attention during the present decade, few viewers are familiar with the scope of his artistic evolution, or with the impact his works had had on two generations of Los Angeles artists. This catalogue-accompanying McCarthy exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art in new York-covers more than 100 works from all areas of his activity, and gives an exemplary insight into McCarthy's works form the early 70s up to the present day. Experts on his work give comprehensive descriptions and analyses of the artist's performances and installations, examine the unique ties between his works and the cinematic arts, and explore the ongoing dialogue between the artistic cultures of New York and Los Angeles, particularly in terms of the development of conceptual art.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Thomas Hirschhorn (Contemporary Artists) (2004)

Thomas Hirschhorn (Contemporary Artists) (2004) - Alison M. Gingeras, Carlos Basualdo, Benjamin H.D. Buchloh [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Book Description
The work of Thomas Hirshhorn (b. Bern, Switzerland, 1957), recently on view at such major international art venues as the Tate Modern (2003), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, 2001), and the Art Institute of Chicago (2000), are giant, labour-intensive, room-sized collages of low grade materials, that is to say, rubbish. Part-text, part-sculpture, part-junkheap, incorporating furniture, cardboard boxes, wooden frames and more, these baroque installations reflect an extraordinarily prolific imagination. Their sheer volume and the time it takes to read and see these massive, detailed installations make them unforgettable, often quite humorous experiences unlike the work of any other contemporary artist. --via Amazon.com

The ongoing controversy is also reflected in the scandal resulting from a performance by the painter Thomas Hirschhorn at the Centre Culturel Suisse in Paris on December 5, 2004. In the performance, which was supported by the publicly funded Pro Helvetia institution, where an actor pretended to urinate on an image of Blocher.

Thomas Hirschhorn (Bern, 1957) is a Swiss artist. He received the (2000/2001) Marcel Duchamp Prize and the Joseph Beuys Prize in 2004. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas Hirschhorn [Jan 2006]

Kassel, 2002
Kassel, Germany, Documenta art show: Hirshhorn's Bataille monument. Here is the offical short text:

"Thomas Hirschhorn plugs himself into the communicative potential of thought discontent with the enforced definitions and limitations of a hyper- capitalist, multinational rhetoric of globalization. Neglecting material worth, his work encompasses diverse sculptural models in an impoverished taste for the product wrappings of consumer industry – aluminum foil, plastic, cardboard and plywood – suspending capitalist desires in a state of constant creative anarchy. Following a logic of ephemerality, accumulation and a potential openendedness, Hirschhorn’s perishable monuments to Benedict de Spinoza (Amsterdam, 1999), Gilles Deleuze (Avignon, 2000), Georges Bataille (2002, Kassel) and Antonio Gramsci (not yet realized), reflect upon communal commitment and “the quality of internal beauty” (Hirschhorn). Personally and socially mapping the city of Kassel for more than a year, Hirschhorn integrates the Bataille Monument actively into the lives of a marginalized local community for the duration of the exhibition. Forgoing traditional terms of knowledge production, the work returns the museum’s ritualized function of displaying and collecting to the public realm."

See also: Switzerland - trash - contemporary art

HuO: Hans-Ulrich Obrist: Interviews (2003) - Hans-Ulrich Obrist

HuO: Hans-Ulrich Obrist: Interviews (2003) - Hans-Ulrich Obrist [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Hans Ulrich Obrist (born 1968) in Zurich, Switzerland. In 1993, he founded the Museum Robert Walser and began to run the Migrateurs program at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris where he now serves as a curator for contemporary art.--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans Ulrich Obrist [Jan 2006]

Book Description
It is not an exaggeration to write that Hans-Ulrich Obrist is everywhere, has curated everything and has interviewed everyone. If "peripatetic" is the word most overused to describe him, it is not inappropriate. The Swiss-born, everywhere-based curator and head of the Programme Migrateurs at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris has an unstoppable wanderlust and a related symptom: his penchant for interviewing anyone and everyone who piques his curiosity, be they artist, scientist, writer, curator, composer, architect, thinker, etc. Since 1993, Obrist has conducted more than 300 interviews, 75 of which are collected here in a selection that respects the cultural and professional diversity of the interviewees. Each interview is introduced by a short text outlining the biography of the interviewee and giving some contextual information on the recording of the interview. Hans-Ulrich interviews everyone, including Marina Abramovic & Gregory Chaitin / Vito Acconci / John Armleder / JG Ballard / Matthew Barney / Dara Birnbaum / Christian & Luc Boltanski / Stefano Boeri / Daniel Buren / Giancarlo de Carlo / Maurizio Cattelan / Johannes Cladders / Constant / Minerva Cuevas / Giancarlo de Carlo / Jimmie Durham / Olafur Eliasson / Brian Eno / Juan Garcia Esquivel / Yona Friedman / Hans Georg Gadamer / Gilbert and George / Edouard Glissant / Felix Gonzalez-Torres / Dominique Gonzalez Foerster / Douglas Gordon / Dan Graham / Joseph Grigely / Zaha Hadid / Stuart Hall / Thomas Hirschhorn /Carsten Höller / Walter Hopps / Roni Horn / Yong Ping Huang / Pontus Hulten / Pierre Huygue / Arata Isozaki / Toyo Ito / Billy Klüver / Rem Koolhaas / Bul Lee / Ernest Mancoba / Roberto Matta / Cildo Meireles / Jonas Mekas / Mario Merz / Franz Meyer / Santu Mofokeng / Yoko Ono / Gabriel Orozco / Frei Otto / Lygia Pape / Claude Parent / Philippe Parreno / Michelangelo Pistoletto / Cedric Price / Ilya Prigogine / Jacques Ranciere / Gerhard Richter / Pipilotti Rist / Israel Rosenfield / Jean Rouch / Anri Sala / Tino Seghal / Katzuyo Sejima / Seth Siegelaub / Paolo Soleri / Ettore Sottsass / Luc Steels / Rirkrit Tiravanija / Agnès Varda / Robert Venturi & Denise Scott Brown / Franz West / Cerith Wyn Evans / Anton Zeilinger Paperback, 5.5 x 8 in./1000 pgs / 0 color 0 BW0 duotone 0 ~ Item D20264 --via Amazon.com

See also: Switzerland - curator - contemporary art

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