What does ‘contemporary art’ mean? Is it really art? Why does it cost so much? Does it reflect how we live? This lively introduction to the history of international contemporary art from 1960 to the present examines how artists began to abandon traditional art forms to make work which questioned art’s very definition. From object versus sculpture and painting versus concept, the author traces how art has responded to the drastic changes in social and political life over the last 60 years. Key to the book is the story of how a perception that art was made almost exclusively by white men from North America and Western Europe has been radically overturned.