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100 Works of Art That Will Define Our Age

by Kelly Grovier
 

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Bold and engaging predictions of which artists and artworks from the past two decades will endure through their power to question, provoke, and inspire

Just as Picasso’s Guernica or Gericault’s Raft of the Medusa survive as powerful cultural documents of their time, there will be works from our own era that will endure for

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Bold and engaging predictions of which artists and artworks from the past two decades will endure through their power to question, provoke, and inspire

Just as Picasso’s Guernica or Gericault’s Raft of the Medusa survive as powerful cultural documents of their time, there will be works from our own era that will endure for generations to come.

Kelly Grovier curates a compelling list of one hundred paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, performances, and video pieces that have made the greatest impact from 1989 to the present. The global cast includes Marina Abramović , Matthew Barney, Christian Boltanski, Louise Bourgeois, Maurizio Cattelan, Marlene Dumas, Olafur Eliasson, Andreas Gursky, Cristina Iglesias, On Kawara, Jeff Koons, Ernesto Neto, Gerhard Richter, Pipilotti Rist, Kara Walker, and Ai Weiwei. Many of the pieces reflect the cultural upheavals of recent times, from the collapse of the Berlin Wall to the blossoming of the Arab Spring.

A daring yet convincing analysis of which artworks best capture the zeitgeist of our time, Grovier’s list also provides a much-needed map through the landscape of contemporary art. Illustrations of key works are supplemented by comparative images, and short texts offer a biography of each artwork, tracing its inception and impact, and offering a view not only into the imagination of the artist but into the age in which we live.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/07/2013
In this impressive volume of 100 influential works produced since 1989—with paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, performances, and video art from artists including Matthew Barney, Andreas Gursky, On Kawara, Kara Walker, and Ai Weiwei—poet and art critic Grovier selects pieces that he believes are ahistorically legible while also reflecting “the essence of the generation that generated it.” In essays accompanying each selection, Grovier argues for “the resonance of a given work in social imagination,” using text from poets, philosophers, directors, and others to validate his prediction about the work’s longevity. Grovier also covers contemporary critical reception, places the work in the context of the artist’s oeuvre, points to historical antecedents, and notes unintended consequences, such as the foiled bomb plot that involved Jeff Koons’s 1992 sculpture “Puppy.” While the author’s deftly woven and poetically phrased analyses smartly contextualize his choices, the book’s loose organization proves distracting. Broad philosophical questions about art, such as “Can art escape itself?” with an accompanying quote purporting to answer the question tend to undermines Grovier’s meticulous translation of philosophical zeitgeist for general readers. Overall, Grovier provides an ambitious and convincing survey of contemporary art that hovers delightfully between criticism, history, and an art lover’s poetic tribute. 242 illus., 223 in color. (Nov.)
The Huffington Post
“Boldly going where few other art books have gone before.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“From his phrasing of its title to his choices of artists and the works by them, if nothing else will get people arguing over the art of their time, Grovier’s book will.”
Complex: Art & Design
“Although it is impossible to know exactly which pieces of art will survive from our era, Kelly Grovier has put together a list of 100 works of art that have made the greatest impact from 1989 to the present.”
Paula Frosch

At once a major look at contemporary artworks and a personal investigation of the self-image provoked by them. . . . A major addition to the literature of art criticism and philosophy.

Modern in Denver
“Despite the book’s Buzzfeed-like title, this is a serious guide and not a superficial list. The author carefully builds a case for each work.”
ArtDaily.org
“A daring and convincing analysis of seminal artworks of our age.”
The Wall Street Journal
“Invites reflection on some of the best-known contemporary artists as well as offering some less publicly celebrated works.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500239070
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
11/04/2013
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,381,115
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 10.80(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Kelly Grovier contributes regularly to the Times Literary Supplement and is co-founder of the scholarly journal European Romantic Review. He was born in Michigan and now lives in England.

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