Synopses & Reviews
Diverse in content and style, Contemporary Art in North America
reflects the expansive area and multiple cultural influences from which the artists works are conceived. Discussing the highly recognized work and international influence of prominent artists, such as Pennsylvanian born Jeff Koons with his Neo-Geo inspired practice, and New Jersey native Cindy Sherman with her Feminist Conceptual photography, alongside the work of up-and-coming, cutting-edge, contemporary artists working from the region; Contemporary Art in North America
accurately represents the complexion of the current North American contemporary art scene, highlighting the regions influence internationally.
In total, around 50 of the regions most prolific artists are profiled, including Richard Prince, Christian Marclay, Cindy Sherman, Jeff Wall, Kara Walker, Marcel Dzama, Matthew Barney, Rachel Harrison, Kerry James Marshall and Rodney Graham; with their works organized throughout the book in preference of medium and style, transcending geographical and regional preconceptions, in keeping with the previous books in the series. This work is further contextualized in an insightful, specially commissioned, introductory essay by New York-based arts journalist and editor Michael Wilson, and in the books appendix which features a variety of seminal essays by esteemed writers, academics and practitioners working in the field, such as Hal Foster and Jerry Saltz.
Beautifully presented, and newly reissued in paperback, Contemporary Art in North America is a unique and eye-opening introduction to North American contemporary art, following on from Contemporary Art in Eastern Europe, Contemporary Art in Latin America and Contemporary Art in the Middle East.