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Contemporary Art: 100 Artists

March 19, 2012

What do you think about contemporary Art? How many contemporary artists could you name?

To tell the truth I don’t know much – I’ve seen some of Ai Weiwei’s creations at Tate Modern, I’m fond of some of Banksy’s artwork (can you call it artwork?), I could name a few painters I like and that’s about it. If we stretch the term “contemporary art” to define art produced since World War II, my knowledge would strech as well – I guess it’s just because I’m not into modern and postmodern art forms, that seem to balance on the verdge of absurd; the art of 50s or 60s seems a bit more serious and interesting than what we see today.

According to some critics, like Julian Spalding and Donald Kuspit, “skepticism, even rejection, is a legitimate and reasonable response to much contemporary art”. Yes, that’s me! as some of it is just too much.

Despite of the above I’d like to have this book “100 Contemporary Artists. 2 Vols.” by Hans Werner Holzwarth published by TASCHEN.

Here are just a few illustrations:

George Condo

Peter Doig

Robert Gober

Jeff Koons

For more images please click here and then choose the option to leaf through.

Reviews:

“Pretty well compulsory reading for anyone who hopes to keep up with all that is newest and grooviest in the contemporary art world.”— The Independent, London, United Kingdom

“Prestigious publishing house TASCHEN has turned up 100 of today’s most exciting artists in a riveting exploration of their works and preoccupations, with controversial British artists Tracy Emin and Damien Hirst featuring alongside a host of other big 21st-century names. Be moved, delighted and provoked by the soon-to-be-iconic images in this two-volume spezial edition – just  be warned that if you fall too much in love with the artworks, you might find yourself investing in more than just this book.”— Home Beautiful, London, United Kingdom

7 Comments leave one →
  1. March 20, 2012 7:59 pm

    Looks like a very interesting book 🙂

    • March 21, 2012 2:21 pm

      Yes, it definitely is – if just to see what’s been happening in the bigger art world lately.

  2. March 21, 2012 1:45 pm

    Love that Jeff Koons balloon dog!

    • March 21, 2012 2:22 pm

      I just wonder what it’s made off – metal?

      • March 21, 2012 2:28 pm

        Good question. Perhaps metal…or plastic?

      • March 21, 2012 2:30 pm

        Yes, it could be plastic – probably would be cheaper to make such a huge sculpture? Although I assume the inside is empty.

      • March 21, 2012 2:30 pm

        Yes, it could be plastic – probably would be cheaper to make such a huge sculpture? Although I assume the inside is empty.

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