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Art Cities of the Future

21st-Century Avant-Gardes

Forget New York, London and Paris – the old establishment is being challenged by a new order of art communities seizing the contemporary art agenda around the world


Price: USD$79.95

  • Exploring the artistic heritage, cultural climate and contemporary milieu of twelve emerging cities, this ground-breaking book features a variety of photography, painting, sculpture, installation, video, performance and new media works by this new generation of artists gaining prominence on the international art circuit
  • Features a unique, special format jacket, printed on both sides, that folds out in to a large ‘flag’ with a graphic symbol representing each city; extending the ‘new international’ design concept that under-pins the book’s design structure
  • An essential and wide ranging perspective on today’s avant-garde artists, shaping the future of art

Lively, thought-provoking, comprehensive, and packed with more than 500 images, this book widens the expected historical narrative, allowing us to imagine a future of diverse aesthetics and shared concerns in the common language of contemporary art.

Today the art world is more of a world in every sense, with a larger population, a wider territory and a greater number of nationalities. Its prevailing conversation, however, has yet to catch up. Art Cities of the Future: 21st Century Avant-Gardes uncovers twelve distinct avant-gardes that have emerged around the world in recent decades.

Twelve curators each selected eight artists to represent the avant-garde of a specific city. These artists are senior figures or newer faces, artists working in familiar mediums or inventing their own, but they all share two qualities: a commitment to experimental art and a dedication to their local milieu. In dialogue with larger concerns, their unique sensibility can be found nowhere else.


Format: Hardback
Size: 290 x 214 mm (11 3/8 x 8 3/8 in)
Pages: 336 pp
Illustrations: 579 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714865362

  It's a clever person who can pinpoint the art world's geographical tours-de-force of the future and an even smarter one who pens a book on the subject. Such is the prescience behind Art Cities of the Future.
- Vanity Fair on Art

The book's approach to the contemporary avant-garde is brilliantly executed through unique analysis.
- Aestethica

Contents and Sections:


Beirut by Kaelen Wilson-Goldie
Bogotá by José Roca
Cluj by Jane Neal
Delhi by Geeta Kapur
Istanbul by Duygu Demir
Johannesburg by Tracy Murinik
Lagos by Antawan I. Byrd
San Juan by Pablo León de la Barra
São Paulo by Kiki Mazzucchelli
Seoul by Hyun Jung
Singapore by Eugene Tan
Vancouver by Reid Shier

Artist Biographies


Art in Vienna 1898-1918 4th edition
Art and Electronic Media
Conceptual Art
Building the New Millennium
The 20th Century Art Book
The Story of Art

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