Art Since 1989


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Kelly Grovier


The last few decades have seen a complete untethering of what art can be, who makes it and where it can be found, which has been matched by a reassessment of art’s appropriate place in society and the financial value that should be attached to it. This survey of the dynamic developments in art worldwide since 1989 goes in search of those artists who have shaped a new visual vocabulary and whose work reflects on these turbulent years.

Kelly Grovier examines the key themes in contemporary art, from portraiture in the age of face transplants and facial recognition software, to political activism, science and religion. Artists discussed include Jeff Koons, Louise Bourgeois, Damien Hirst, George Condo, Marlene Dumas, Sean Scully, Cindy Sherman, Banksy, Ai Weiwei, Antony Gormley, Christo and Jean-Claude, Jenny Holzer, Chuck Close and Cornelia Parker.

The final chapter, a timeline, traces the evolution of art practice in this period by looking closely at one key artwork from each year.

Kelly Grovier is a brilliant new voice whose writing conveys the excitement, relevance and universality of contemporary art. This book is essential reading for all students of contemporary art and art history, as well as anyone with an interest in contemporary visual culture.

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Weight 478 g
Dimensions 15.2 x 21 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 16 November 2015
Number of pages 224
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 15.2 x 21 cm
Weight 478 g


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Kelly Grovier is a poet, historian and literary critic. He contributes regularly on art to the Times Literary Supplement, and wrote for the Observer from 2004 to 2008. Educated at the University of California, Los Angeles, and at the University of Oxford, he is co-founder of the international scholarly journal European Romantic Review.