Photography in the 21st Century.
Edited by Uta Grosenick, Thomas Seelig.
Aperture, New York, 2008. 512 pp., 520 color and 45 b&w illustrations, 8¼x10½".
More adventurous in scope than other comparable compendiums, Photo Art is
a vast critical survey of contemporary conceptual-oriented photography. It particularly
addresses the work of artists emerging in Western and Eastern
Europe—many of whom will be new to American audiences—and presents
critical contexts for their work in accompanying essays. Gathering more than
120 image-makers from around the globe, this luscious compendium reads like
an international art fair between covers, with the work of artists to watch now
and in the future, from established figures to representatives of the newest
generation. Among the artists featured here are Roy Arden, the Atlas Group,
Seung Woo Back, Richard Billingham, Gerard Byrne, Claude Closky, Natalie
Czech, Tacita Dean, Luc Delahaye, Ruud van Empel, J.H. Engström, Charles Fréger,
Stephen Gill, G.R.A.M., Beate Gütschow, Jitka Hanzlová, Annika von Hausswolff,
Michael Janiszewski, Aglaia Konrad, Justine Kurland, An-My Le, Jochen Lempert,
Zbigniew Libera, Hellen van Meene, Multiplicity, Wangechi Mutu, Mika
Ninagawa, Arno Nollen, Gábor Ösz, Peter Piller, Xavier Ribas, Torbjørn Rødland,
Anri Sala, Jules Spinatsch, Eve Sussman, Alec Soth, Santiago Sierra, Janaina
Tschäpe, Jens Ullrich, Santos R. Vasquez, Qingsong Wang, Michael Wesely, Yang
Fudong and Takashi Yasumura. Each artist’s work is given a generous four-page
spread, and many of these are embellished with installation views, book layouts
and shots of artist’s websites. Essays by 20 of the world’s top international
curators and theorists, including Uta Grosenick and Thomas Seelig, along with
a glossary of important technical and theoretical terms, make this a definitive
and essential volume.
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