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Who's Afraid of Contemporary Art?

Kyung An and 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, Whos Afraid of Contemporary Art? offers concise and pointed insights into todays art scene, examining how artists are propelled to stardom, explaining what curators do, challenging our understanding of artistic skill, demystifying the art market, and much, much more.

In this easy-to-navigate A to Z guide, the authors playful explanations draw on key artworks, artists and events from around the globe, including how the lights going on and off won the Turner Prize, what makes the likes of Marina Abramovic and Ai Weiwei such great artists, and why Kanye West would trade his Grammys to be one.

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


Kyung An is Assistant Curator at the Guggenheim Museum, New York. She holds a PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. Jessica Cerasi is curator of modern & contemporary Art at the UK Government Art Collection. She was assistant curator of the 2019 Venice Biennale and the 2016 Biennale of Sydney.

Category:  Art & Craft, Illustrated
ISBN:  9780500295731
Publisher:  Thames and Hudson
On sale:  April 2020
Format:  Paperback
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