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Contemporary Art in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
explores the contemporary art from these three countries through a select number of artist profiles, specially commissioned essays and reprints on the subject.
Featuring the work of outstanding artists such as Iza Genzken, Frank Madler, Hans-Peter Feldman, Andreas Gursky, Pipilotti Rist, Erwin Wurm, Rosemarie Trockel, Frank Ackermann, Gerhard Richter and John Bock amongst others, chosen with the help of the book's advisors: Rut Blees Luxemburg, Neil Gall and John Slyce, due to their standing relevance and predicted longevity. The works are organized throughout the book in preference of medium and style, in keeping with the previous books in the series, transcending geographical and regional preconceptions.
A specially commissioned introductory essay and appendix of essays and reprints by writers, academics and practitioners working in the field can be found at the back of the book, contextualising the work found on the preceding pages.
Fully illustrated and consistent with the previous ARTWORLD titles, Contemporary Art in Germany, Austria and Switzerland is a unique and eye-opening introduction to these three countries and their contemporary art scenes. Following on from the recent Contemporary Art in North America and Contemporary Art in the United Kingdom now all available in paperback at the reduced price.
Contemporary Art in Germany, Austria and Switzerland is a unique exploration into the contemporary art from these three countries; looking at those at the cutting edge of the regionand#8217;s artistic output, its history and its international relevance, through a select number of artist profiles, specially commissioned essays and reprints on the subject.
Contemporary Art in Germany, Austria and Switzerland--the sixth title in Black Dog Publishing's ARTWORLD series--provides a wide-ranging overview of art originating from three very different countries that, between them, lay claim to be the centre of the European art world. This timely survey covers a diverse range of practices across many different media, from drawing, painting and photography to performance, installation and the moving image.
Richly illustrated profiles on over 40 artists are accompanied by an introduction from Dominikus Muller and other contextual reprinted essays from Graham Bader, Isabelle Graw, Daniel Birnbaum and Christoph Doswald which together explore such themes as the beginnings of commercial German art, the development of artistic practice in Switzerland and the rise of art scenes in Berlin and beyond. These writings are supplemented with historical pieces by artists Valie Export and Fischli / Weiss.
From the political video work of Harun Farocki and the sculpture of Isa Genzken, to the participatory work of Thomas Hirschhorn, Contemporary Art in Germany, Austria and Switzerland examines the practices, discourses and debates that constitute contemporary art throughout the region, across a multiplicity of thriving and ever-shifting scenes.