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Preview — Contemporary Art by Julian Stallabrass. Contemporary art has never been so popular, but what is its role today and who is controlling its future? Contemporary art is supposed to aet a realm of freedom where artists shock, break taboos, flout generally received ideas, and switch between dtallabrass viewers with works of great emotional profundity and jaw-dropping triviality.
But away from shock tactics in the gall Contemporary art has never been so popular, but what is its role today and who is controlling its future? But away from shock tactics in the gallery, contemmporary are many unanswered questions. Who is really running the art world?
What effect has America’s growing political and cultural dominance had on art? Here Julian Stallabrass takes us inside the international art world to answer these and other controversial questions, and to argue that behind contemporary art’s variety and apparent unpredictability lies a atr uniformity. Its mysteries are all too easily explained, its depths much shallower than they seem.
Contemporary art seeks to bamboozle its viewers while being the willing slave of business and government.
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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Jun 05, Ahmad Sharabiani marked it as to-read Shelves: A Very Short Introduction Very Short IntroductionsJulian Stallabrass Contemporary art has never been so popular, but what is its role today and who is controlling its future? But away from shock tactics in the gallery, there are many unanswered Contemporary Art: Jun 24, Vasile Rotaru rated it really liked kulian Shelves: This is a surprisingly good book if you don’t mind a Marxist critique of the comtemporary art or, rather, the contemporary business of art.
It is, of course, a terrible introduction to the subject contejporary has nothing to do in the Oxford Very Short Introduction series, at least not with this neutral title in fact, this book is a shorter version of Stallabrass’ “Art incorporated”. You will not find any description julain analysis of the contemporsry of contemporary art, of the stallarbass important movements an This is a surprisingly good book if you don’t mind a Marxist critique of the contemporary art or, rather, the contemporary business of art.
You will not find any description and analysis of the philosophy of juluan art, of the most important movements and artists. Instead, you will find here a very strong and well explained critique of the happy marriage between art and neoliberal corporate interests, of the ideological hypocrisy of artists and curators, and of the highly centralized, controlled and censored art world in general. From this point of view, Stallabrass does a tremendous job.
Contemporary Art: A Very Short Introduction
If you start reading it, don’t be discouraged by the first 20 pages of introduction, which is too complex for a novice and could make you feel like you walked right into the middle of an open war. You can read it in the end. This would make much more sense.
May 07, Robert rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oxford University Press clearly had fun with one, picking Stallabrass’ Marxist-influenced critique of the s global art market Art Incorporated: The Story of Contemporary Art and republishing it as stallabras “very short introduction.
This is for the very talented landscape painter who sees the Oxford University Press clearly had fun with one, picking Stallabrass’ Marxist-influenced critique of the s global art market Art Incorporated: This is for the very talented landscape painter who sees the Koons retrospective at the Whitney and wonders how art got to this point. This is for the DIY artist with “punk-rock ethos” who sees Hugo Boss sponsoring shows at the Guggenheim and wonders where this partnership came from, and what it means for the future of boundary-pushing, used-to-be-called-avant-garde art.
This is for someone who is curious, while also prepared for cynicism. Stallabrass tends to zoom out, focusing on how global economies and capitalist markets have propelled certain art trends to the forefront, while also commenting on the growing art market bubble. Who is contemporary art’s audience? Who are its patrons? Again, Stallabrass answers through a leftist lens.
Very worthwhile, if a little dizzying and soul crushing. Jul 23, Steven Felicelli rated it did not like it. Wanted to get caught up on what’s happening now as opposed to even juliian years ago – things are so in flux in the art world and got a Marxian lecture on late capitalism instead.
I know the market has become paramount in the Art World, but Stallabrass would have you believe the artist of today has no concerns outside it–that not a thought, idea, quale, or insight could ever penetrate their market-driven minds.
I’m not sure there’s a single word in this book about Art or Artists. I’ve been drifting t Wanted to get caught up on what’s happening now as opposed to even 8 years ago – things are so in flux in clntemporary art world and got a Marxian lecture on late capitalism instead.
I’ve been drifting toward a Marxian perspective for decades since Grad Stallabrsss where Marx imposes himself in English Departments across the worldbut Stallabrass’ tendentious, gray take on Contemporary Art reminded me of how dismal a worldview you have to have to think, view, xontemporary do you feel?
This is a great book but a terrible Very Short Introduction for people who aren’t already familiar with the art world because — I later found out — it is a reprint of Art Incorporated: The Story of Contemporary Art. As the original title suggests, the book is written from the perspective of economy and can become somewhat narrow-minded at times when Stallabrass’s Marxism shines through the text, but overall it’s a powerful and mind-opening read on one important aspect of contemporary art.
Dec 07, Ilia Melititskiy rated it really liked it. Not really an introduction. Told mostly from the perspective of money, globalization and politics, but that seems to be the best way to talk about the subject.
Contemporary Art : A Very Short Introduction
Shed some light on and justified some of my uncertainties and doubts about it all. And now I have some more intellectual fuel that will help me argue with my girlfiend the museum worker about this stuff!
Aug 29, Anton rated it liked it. The first part is your father explaining why you shouldn’t go to art school, the second part is your brother justifying his having dropped out of college to curate his tumblr. Apr 01, Xavier rated it did not like it. Stallabrass is that type of person would insist that you refer him as Dr.
Oh please, give me contemproary break. Stallabras 24, Heba Ashraf rated it liked it Shelves: Governments are well aware that cities increasingly compete globally against one another for investment, the location of company headquarters, and tourism. It all boils down to economics. Oct 23, Kyrill rated it it was amazing. I am so relieved to perhaps for the first time ever have read a nuanced account of the art world that does not simply indulge in the word games of s political theory.
The clarity is captivating. BUT be warned, this is more of an argument about art’s political role in society than an account of anything factual.
May 16, Alaa rated it did not like stsllabrass. Jan 09, Joaquim rated it it was ok. This is an interesting book But it’s no “short introduction”. And although the grip of maket forces upon art is well explained, the author stallabrase far too lefty to give a more objective account of the subject.
Feb stallabrwss, Napalmlolita rated it it was ok Shelves: Focuses too much on the relationship between art and economics instead of showing us the actual art. Aug 28, Charles rated it it was amazing. Ryma aguir rated it it was ok Aug 29, Ernest Junius rated it liked it Jun 05, Riclaz rated it really liked it Oct 22, Abdurhman Saed rated it it was amazing Jun 13, John McD rated it it was amazing Feb 01, Megan rated it it was ok Feb 17, Mana H rated it liked it Jul 30, Matthew May rated it really liked it Feb 02, Steven Damron rated it really liked it Apr 12, Collecting text fragments that relate to cloth for artist Ann Hamilton’s upcoming exhibition in Philadelphia 1 1 Mar 10, Julian Stallabrass is a British art historian, photographer and curator.
A Marxist, he has written extensively on contemporary art including internet artphotography and the history of twentieth century British art. Other books in the series. Very Short Introductions 1 – 10 of books.