The Big Picture: Contemporary Art in 10 Works by 10 Artists


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Matthew Israel

Hardcover | 18.9 x 1.96 x 25.1 cm | 192 pp

Prestel | 2017 | 9783791382845

Written in an engaging, straightforward style by prominent art historian Matthew Israel, this book presents ten outstanding examples of contemporary art, each with significant historical or cultural relevance to contemporary art's big picture. Drawn from the fields of photography, painting, performance, installation, video, film, and public art, the works featured here combine to create a bigger picture of the state of contemporary art today.

Each work is carefully explored within the larger perspective of its social and artistic milieu. Articulate and insightful, this book offers readers the ability to consider each work in-depth, while also providing an easily digestible foundation from which to study the often challenging but continually fascinating world of 21st-century art.

Featuring artists Andreas Gursky, Olafur Eliasson, Rachel Harrison, Kehinde Wiley, Vik Muniz, Ai Weiwei, Ryan Tracartin, Marina Abramovic, Taube Auerbach and Kara Walker.

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