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, examining how artists are propelled to stardom, explaining what curators do, challenging our understanding of artistic skill, demystifying the art market, and much, much more. In this easy-to-navigate A to Z guide, the authors' playful explanations draw on key artworks, artists and events from around the globe, including how the lights going on and off won the Turner Prize, what makes the likes of Marina Abramoviae and Ai Weiwei such great artists, and why Kanye West would trade his Grammys to be one. Packed with behind-the-scenes information and completely free of jargon, 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.
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.
1. Who's Afraid of Contemporary Art? * 2. Art, What For?: What's it all about? * 3. Bringing You up To Speed: How did we get here? * 4. Contemporary: What makes it so contemporary? * 5. Dream Academy: How do art students become artists? * 6. Emperor's New Clothes: What makes it art? * 7. Flashmobs: What's next in the art calendar? * 8. Geeks and Techies: When did it all get so technical? * 9. Histories: Whose story is the story of art?