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Contemporary Art: A Very Short Introduction takes us inside the international art world 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 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? Access to the complete content on Very Short Introductions online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.
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Very Short Introductions online. Publications Pages Publications Pages. Read More. Highlight search term Print Email Share This. Front Matter Dedication Acknowledgments List of illustrations 1.
A zone of freedom? New world order 3. Consuming culture 4. Uses and prices of art 5. The rules of art now 6. Contradictions End Matter References Index. All rights reserved. Sign in to annotate. Delete Cancel Save. Cancel Save.
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Contemporary Art: A Very Short Introduction
Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Tunnels and sculptures made from human hair; photos of rats running through drains, sharks in formaldehyde - is this what art is about today? This is a controversial and fascinating attempt to define what is 'contemporary' about contemporary art, and the dramatic changes that have taken place in the last twenty years.