Art Book : 100 Works that Define Our Age

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Xiaogang Zhang, Bloodline: Big Family, 1995. Courtesy The Pace Gallery, Beijing. © Zhang Xiaogang, courtesy Zhang Xiaogang studio

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Pipilotti Rist, Open My Glade (Flatten), 2000 Courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth and Luhring Augustine. Photo Public Art Fund © Pipilotti Rist

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Pipilotti Rist, video stills from Open My Glade (Flatten), 2000. Courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth and Luhring Augustine. © Pipilotti Rist

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Shirin Neshat, Rebellious Silence, from the series Women of Allah, 1994.Photo taken by Cynthia Preston. Courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels.© Shirin Neshat

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Sarah Lucas, Au Naturel, 1994. Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London. © Sarah Lucas

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Jeff Koons, Puppy, Installation at Arolsen, 1992. © Jeff Koons

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Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery. © Nan Goldin

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Matthew Barney, Cremaster 4, 1994. Production still. Courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels. Photo Michael James O’Brien. (c) 1994 Matthew Barney.

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Matthew Barney, Cremaster 4, 1994. Production still. Courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels. Photo Michael James O’Brien. (c) 1994 Matthew Barney.

Just as Diego Velázquez’s Las Meninas and Picasso’s Guernica survive as powerful cultural documents of their time, there will be works from our own era that will endure for generations to come. But which ones? Which contemporary artworks best capture the zeitgeist of the late 20th and early 21st centuries?

This bold and engaging book, written by one of the freshest and most exciting new voices in cultural criticism, predicts which artists and artworks from the past two decades will come to define our age through their power to question, provoke and inspire. In selecting works made from 1989 to the present day, Kelly Grovier creates a compelling list of the artworks that have made the greatest impact, many of them reflecting the astonishing cultural upheavals of recent times, from the collapse of the Berlin Wall to the blossoming of the Arab Spring.

100 Works of Art That Will Define Our Age features a stellar cast of international artists, including Marina Abramovic, Ai Weiwei, Banksy, Matthew Barney, Christian Boltanski, Louise Bourgeois, Maurizio Cattelan, Marlene Dumas, Olafur Eliasson, Tracey Emin, Andreas Gursky, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Cristina Iglesias, On Kawara, Jeff Koons, Ernesto Neto, Gerhard Richter, Pipilotti Rist, Santiago Sierra, Do-Ho Suh, and Kara Walker.

Each of the 100 works chosen is illustrated with highly accessible and original short texts offering a biography of each piece, tracing its inception and impact, and showing how it provides a unique keyhole not only into the imagination of the artist who created it but also into the age in which we live. Supplementary images contribute to the exploration of the artworks and their impact on our collective cultural consciousness.

100 Works of Art That Will Define Our Age is a daring and convincing analysis of seminal artworks of our age that seem destined to stand the test of time, and also provides a illuminating map through the landscape of international contemporary art.

About The Author
Kelly Grovier is a poet, historian and literary critic. He contributes regularly on art to the Times Literary Supplement, and has written for the Observer. Educated at the University of California, Los Angeles, and at the University of Oxford, he is co-founder of the international scholarly journal European Romantic Review.

100 Works of Art That Will Define Our Age by Kelly Grovier is published by Thames & Hudson, £35.00 hardback, thamesandhudson.com

About Mark Westall

Mark Westall is the Founder and Editor of FAD magazine, ' A curation of the world’s most interesting culture' [PLUS] Art of Conversation: A tri-annual 'no news paper'

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