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  • Art to Come: Histories of Contemporary Art

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    Pages: 448
    Illustrations: 84 illustrations
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  • “Global in scale, yet granular in their attention to specifics, these essays map the defining conditions of art and architecture today, laying out the forthright line of inquiry that has made Terry Smith an indispensable guide to understanding the vexing contradictions of twenty-first-century artworlds and their possible futures.” — Kobena Mercer, author of, Travel & See: Black Diaspora Art Practices since the 1980s

    Art to Come offers a splendid synthesis of Terry Smith's reflection on contemporaneity. Smith is one of main thinkers of that notion, without which there is no real understanding of contemporary art. The book shows the richness of contemporaneity as an ongoing hypothesis that keeps art alive, disclosing the main forces shaping but also probed, questioned and sometimes reinvented in twentieth- and twenty-first-century art, including: globalization, neoliberalism, climate change, transculturality, indigeneity, colonialism but also decolonization, inequality but also coeval connectivity.” — Christine Ross, McGill University

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  • Description

    In Art to Come Terry Smith—who is widely recognized as one of the world's leading historians and theorists of contemporary art—traces the emergence of contemporary art and further develops his concept of contemporaneity. Smith shows that embracing contemporaneity as both a historical concept and a condition of the globalized world allows us to grasp how contemporary art exists in a fluid space of increasing interdependencies, multiple contemporaneous modernities, and persistent inequalities. Throughout these essays, Smith offers systematic proposals for writing contemporary art's histories while assessing how curators, critics, philosophers, artists, and art historians are currently doing so. Among other topics, Smith examines the intersection of architecture with other visual arts, Chinese art since the Cultural Revolution, how philosophers are theorizing concepts associated with the contemporary, Australian Indigenous art, and the current state of art history. Art to Come will be essential reading for artists, art students, curators, gallery workers, historians, critics, and theorists.

    About The Author(s)

    Terry Smith is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory at the University of Pittsburgh and Professor in the Division of Philosophy, Art, and Critical Thought at the European Graduate School. He is the author of several books, including One and Five Ideas: On Conceptual Art and Conceptualism, also published by Duke University Press, and What is Contemporary Art?
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