Contemporary Art

Contemporary Art

Natalie Rudd

Thames & Hudson

Part of the excellent Art Essentials series, this plain-speaking, jargon-free account provides a clear understanding of the contexts in which art is being made today. The contemporary art world can appear baffling to the casual observer, with huge sums of money paid for works which owe little, if anything, to art as we know it. Since the 1960s contemporary art has overturned accepted historical categorisations. This guide brings the subject up to date, exploring what constitutes ‘contemporary’, how the term came about and what it means today.

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