Who’s Afraid of Contemporary Art?


An accessible and irreverent introduction to the art and art world of today, written by two curators at the heart of the contemporary art scene.


ISBN: 9780500295731 Category:

Kyung An, Jessica Cerasi


What is contemporary art? What makes it ‘contemporary’? What is it for? And why is it so expensive? The contemporary art world can be a baffling place, but Kyung An and Jessica Cerasi are on hand to bring you up to speed. From museums and the art market to biennales and the next big thing, Who’s Afraid of Contemporary Art? offers concise and pointed insights into today’s art scene, decoding ‘artspeak’, explaining what curators do, demystifying conceptual art, exploring emerging art markets and much, much more. The authors’ playful explanations draw on key artworks, artists and events from around the globe, including Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s ‘Candy Spills’, extreme Chinese performances, Damien Hirst and Kanye West.

Packed with behind-the-scenes information and completely free of ‘artspeak’, Who’s Afraid of Contemporary Art? is the perfect gallery companion and the go-to guide for when the next big thing leaves you stumped.

Additional information

Weight 331 g
Dimensions 15.1 x 20.2 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 5 March 2020
Number of pages 136
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 15.1 x 20.2 cm
Weight 331 g


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Kyung An is Assistant Curator for Asian Art at the Guggenheim Museum, New York. Jessica Cerasi is Exhibitions Manager at Carroll/Fletcher, a contemporary art gallery in London.