The Contemporary Art Book

Charlotte Bonham-Carter & David Hodge

Every day a new contemporary artist pops up – “the next big thing”. As the worldwide stage expands; audiences are created, shocked and wooed. It’s a bit like a rollercoaster. Looking back over the past 40 years, there have been artists that have changed the face of modern visual culture.

The Contemporary Art Book is a compendium with 200 artists featured in an A-Z listing with key works, biographical information, as well as cross-referenced themes, movements and links between artists. From Anish Kapoor, Takashi Murakami, Sophie Calle, Jeremy Deller to Andy Warhol and Diane Arbus. Spanning painting, photography, sculpture, installation and video, there is a concise record of crucial works over the past 40 years. Also included is an index of key international museums and galleries, fairs and prizes.

There are many contemporary art books available on the market, but what separates this one from the crowd is its accessible approach. It’s an essential guide to the contemporary art world – a must have.

Cherie Federico