Art Cities of the Future: 21st-Century Avant-Gardes

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The contemporary art world is increasingly global, with a larger population, wider territory, and greater number of nationalities than ever before. Its prevailing conversation, however, has yet to catch up. Art Cities of the Future: 21st Century Avant-Gardes uncovers twelve distinct avant-gardes that have surfaced in recent decades, exploring their artistic heritage, cultural climate, and contemporary milieu.

The book's format is simple: for each of the twelve cities - Beirut, ...

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Overview

The contemporary art world is increasingly global, with a larger population, wider territory, and greater number of nationalities than ever before. Its prevailing conversation, however, has yet to catch up. Art Cities of the Future: 21st Century Avant-Gardes uncovers twelve distinct avant-gardes that have surfaced in recent decades, exploring their artistic heritage, cultural climate, and contemporary milieu.

The book's format is simple: for each of the twelve cities - Beirut, Bogotá, Cluj, Delhi, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Lagos, San Juan, São Paulo, Seoul, Singapore and Vancouver - a curator selected eight artists to represent the contemporary avant-garde. Though the artists work in a variety of media, including photography, painting, sculpture, installation, video, and performance art, all share two distinct qualities: a commitment to experimental art and a dedication to their local landscape.

Lively, thought-provoking, comprehensive, and packed with more than 500 images, Art Cities of the Future is sure to widen the historical narrative, allowing us to imagine a future of diverse aesthetics and shared concerns in the common language of contemporary art.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 09/30/2013
This dynamic tour through twelve urban centers highlights the diverse art practices of the international avant-garde. The featured cities (Beirut, Istanbul, Lagos, and Singapore among them) are increasingly rising to the attention of Western and international art markets and experiencing the consequent influx of resources and foreign influences. As the grandiose title suggests, the text approaches these cities by boldly celebrating their emergence to the international stage (even as some featured artists linger on the problems of neoliberalism). An influential curator from each city introduces the community and selects eight artists to represent the thriving scene found there. The geographic, material, and theoretical realities of the work are varied to the degree that any contemporary art fan is sure to come across an unfamiliar talent in the hundreds of meticulously compiled images. The collection stands testament to the far-reaching innovations of artists across the world and the unique ability of art to both articulate and bridge cultural differences. In both content and conception, the book serves as a valuable, stirring resource. 557 color illust. (Sept.)
The Wall Street Journal
For cutting-edge contemporary art, we'll always have Paris. And London. And New York. But there are many other locales worth visiting for a weekend-long gallery hop. In Art Cities of the Future, curators in a dozen locations. . . spotlight up-and-coming artists who are central to the thriving local art scenes. Seoul just might be the next SoHo.
Huffington Post
Here are the 12 cities that will shake up the art world in the 21st century.
The New York Times
What makes a city a hub for art? Curators, collectors, and dealers have tried for years to predict the cultural capitals of the future - cities that could challenge the dominance of centers like New York, London, and Berlin. Art Cities of the Future claims that Beirut, Bogotá, and the Romanian city of Cluj are among the 12 global cities to watch for exciting contemporary art. . . For now, New York and London can probably rest easy, but the editors at Phaidon have helped flame the debate about where the art world spotlight might shift in years to come.
Chicago Tribune
A whirlwind artistic tour through modern avant-garde cities.
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A whirlwind artistic tour through modern avant-garde cities.—Chicago Tribune

What makes a city a hub for art? Curators, collectors, and dealers have tried for years to predict the cultural capitals of the future - cities that could challenge the dominance of centers like New York, London, and Berlin. Art Cities of the Future claims that Beirut, Bogotá, and the Romanian city of Cluj are among the 12 global cities to watch for exciting contemporary art. . . For now, New York and London can probably rest easy, but the editors at Phaidon have helped flame the debate about where the art world spotlight might shift in years to come.—The New York Times

Here are the 12 cities that will shake up the art world in the 21st century.—Huffington Post

For cutting-edge contemporary art, we'll always have Paris. And London. And New York. But there are many other locales worth visiting for a weekend-long gallery hop. In Art Cities of the Future, curators in a dozen locations. . . spotlight up-and-coming artists who are central to the thriving local art scenes. Seoul just might be the next SoHo.—The Wall Street Journal

Library Journal
12/01/2013
The explosion of global biennials and art fairs has been cited by some as the instrumentalization of the art world by the financial world. Others see it as a sign of the destabilization of Western dominance and the emergence of new art centers. This book takes the latter position, arguing for 12 new international sites—Beirut, Bogotá, Cluj, Delhi, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Lagos, San Juan, São Paulo, Seoul, Singapore, and Vancouver. Another significant effect of this opening of art worlds is the rise to prominence of the curator as a key figure who both elucidates and organizes this new topography. This work brings together curators from the regions mentioned above, each of whom has a highly specialized background. Each title city is introduced with a brief description of the locale's political and contemporary art history written by the curator. Eight artists (and collectives) represent the avant-garde of their cities, and all share a commitment to experimental art and to their local milieu. The topics they discuss range from social practice to gender and sexuality and speak to the precariousness of contemporary identities. The beautifully reproduced photographs are often small, and the artist bios are fairly succinct. VERDICT This handsomely created volume will appeal to those interested in contemporary art. The title presents more than 500 full-color images, and its limited amount of textual information will make it a luxury purchase for most art libraries.—Toro Castaño, Roski Sch. of Fine Arts, Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714865362
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • Publication date: 9/23/2013
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 941,483
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 12.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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