How to Read Contemporary Art


An illuminating survey highlighting more than 400 influential works of contemporary art in all media

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Michael Wilson


Today’s artists create work that is exciting, challenging – and often perplexing. Exploring the significance and impact of a broad selection of the most prominent artists working across the globe – including Marina Abramovic, Maurizio Cattelan, Tacita Dean, Olafur Eliasson, Thomas Hirschhorn, Gabriel Orozco, Ai Weiwei and many more – How to Read Contemporary Art provides a vital key to understanding the ever-changing face of art at the beginning of the 21st century.

Succinct profiles dedicated to each of the 175 featured artists describe the media, influences and themes that shape their practice. Encompassing work in video, film, photography, installation, sculpture, painting, drawing, digital media and performance, this is a vibrant and accessible companion for art lovers everywhere.

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Weight 1294 g
Dimensions 17.4 x 24.6 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 May 2013
Number of pages 396
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 17.4 x 24.6 cm
Weight 1294 g


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Michael Wilson is an independent critic, editor, and curator who contributes regularly to Artforum and Time Out New York, and has written extensively for other publications including Frieze, Modern Painters and Art Monthly.