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Contemporary Art : A Very Short Introduction - Julian Stallabrass

Contemporary Art

A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 25th May 2006
ISBN: 9780192806468
Number Of Pages: 168

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Contemporary art has never been so popular, but what is its role today and who is controlling its future? Contemporary art is supposed to be a realm of freedom where artists shock, break taboos, flout generally received ideas, and switch between confronting viewers with works of great emotional profundity and jaw-dropping triviality. But away from shock tactics in the gallery, there are many unanswered questions. Who is really running the art world? What effect has America's growing political and cultural dominance had on art?
Here Julian Stallabrass takes us inside the international art world to answer these and other controversial questions, and to argue that behind contemporary art's variety and apparent unpredictability lies a grim uniformity. Its mysteries are all too easily explained, its depths much shallower than they seem. Contemporary art seeks to bamboozle its viewers while being the willing slave of business and government. This book is your antidote and will change the way you see contemporary art.

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`'neat introduction....a readable, concise and often witty account....this is a welcome-if partisan-reading of "contemporary art" and the role of the artist at a time of profound change'' Emmanuel Cooper, Tribune `'Stallabrass is as ever refreshingly free of bien-pensant nostrums'' Morgan Falconer, Burlington Magazine

1: A Zone of Freedom? 2: A New World Order 3: Consuming Culture 4: Uses and Prices of Art 5: The Rules of Art Now 6: Contradictions

ISBN: 9780192806468
ISBN-10: 0192806467
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 25th May 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.4 x 11.1  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.15

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