100 Works of Art That Will Define Our Age

Just as Picasso’s Guernica or Gericault’s Raft of the Medusa survive as powerful cultural documents of their time, certain artworks from our own era 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 of artists 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 by different artists, sometimes in different periods, while 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.

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Chuck Close, Elmgreen & Dragset, Nan Goldin, Andreas Gursky, Marcus Harvey, Mona Hatoum, William Kentridge, Sarah Lucas, Mike Nelson, Ernesto Neto, Walid Raad, Gregor Schneider, Richard Serra, Santiago Sierra, Patrick Cariou, Francis Alÿs, Banksy, Louise Bourgeois, Daniel Buren, Stan Douglas, Marlene Dumas, Ólafur Elíasson, Jenny Holzer, On Kawara, Mike Kelley, Takashi Murakami, Gerhard Richter, Pipilotti Rist, Sean Scully, Luc Tuymans, Gillian Wearing, Rachel Whiteread, Christian Boltanski, Subodh Gupta, Steve McQueen, Jenny Saville, Wolfgang Tillmans, Jeff Wall, Xiaogang Zhang, Artur Żmijewski, Tracey Emin, Lucian Freud, Thomas Hirschhorn, Cristina Iglesias, Anish Kapoor, Paul McCarthy, Ron Mueck, Marc Quinn, Doris Salcedo, Raqib Shaw, Cy Twombly, Bill Viola, Kara Walker, Doug Aitken, Mark Alexander, Mirosław Bałka, Monica Bonvicini, Sophie Calle, Peter Doig, Antony Gormley, Susan Hiller, Christian Marclay, Annette Messager, Polly Morgan, Bruce Nauman, Neo Rauch, Paula Rego, Cindy Sherman, Do-Ho Suh, Gavin Turk, Maurizio Cattelan, Martin Creed, John Currin, Jeremy Deller, Félix González‑Torres, David Hockney, Jeff Koons, Wangechi Mutu, Shirin Neshat, Chris Ofili, Gabriel Orozco, Grayson Perry, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Mark Wallinger, Fudong Yang, Marina Abramović, Weiwei Ai, Janine Antoni, Glenn Brown, Chris Burden, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Alan Kane, Sheela Gowda, Damien Hirst, Carsten Höller, Anselm Kiefer, Martin Kippenberger, Barbara Kruger, Matthew Barney, Cornelia Parker

Place of publication

London

Year

2016

Number of pages

320 pages

Language

English

ISBN

9780500292204

Open stacks or available on request

Open stacks

Illustrations

Yes

Bibliography

No

UDC code and author sign

709.042 Gro

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