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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.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

About the Author

Julian Stallabrass is Senior Lecturer in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. He is the author of several book on art, including the highly controversial High Art Lite (Verso, 1999), and is a frequent contributor to publications including the Evening Standard and the New Statesman.

Table of Contents

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780192806468
Author:
Stallabrass, Julian
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Julian
Subject:
General
Subject:
Art
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Art, modern
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Architecture | History | Modern/Contemporary
Subject:
Art and Architecture | History | Modern/Contemporary
Subject:
Art, Modern -- 20th century.
Subject:
Art, Modern - 21st century
Subject:
Art & Architecture | History | Modern/Contemporary
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Series:
Very Short Introductions
Series Volume:
82
Publication Date:
20060531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
24 halftones
Pages:
168
Dimensions:
6.92x4.42x.39 in. .32 lbs.

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