Thames & Hudson
Seeking to understand and identify the cultural zeitgeist of our era, this book has set its standards high. A question springs to mind simply from the title: how can we nominate works that define our age when we’re in the midst of it? This is a tricky task, but Kelly Grovier, one of the most exciting new art critics, has accepted the challenge.
Recognising pieces from 1989 to the present day, Grovier has created a compelling list of works that have had the greatest impact in recent times. Thumbing through this book is like looking at a who’s who of the art world. Every page is turned with a bang, presenting works that resonate within the public consciousness.
Featuring pieces from the heavy hitters including Ai Weiwei, Matthew Barney, Christian Marclay, Damien Hirst, Pipilotti Rist, Jeff Koons and many more, this book succeeds in its endeavour. The only issue with identifying the top 100 is that there are so many artists who did not make the list. This project will need to be revisited, as production and consumption of contemporary art is high.