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Art Now (Taschen 25) [Special Edition] [Hardcover]

Uta Grosenick
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29 April 2005 Taschen 25
Contemporary art in a nutshell (TASCHEN's 25th anniversary special edition) This Art Now 25th anniversary special edition brings together recent work and biographical information for over 80 of today's most influential artists, forming a broad and vibrant spectrum of the work that has shaped the art world in recent years. Featured artists include: Matthew Barney, Maurizio Cattelan, John Currin, Tacita Dean, Thomas Demand, Rineke Dijkstra, Douglas Gordon, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Hirschhorn, Damien Hirst, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Jeff Koons, Sharon Lockhart, Won Ju Lim, Paul McCarthy, Mariko Mori, Sarah Morris, Vik Muniz, Takashi Murakami, Shirin Neshat, Albert Oehlen, Chris Ofili, Gabriel Orozco, Jorge Pardo, Elizabeth Peyton, Thomas Ruff, Cindy Sherman, Thomas Struth, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Luc Tuymans, Jeff Wall, and Andrea Zittel.

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH; Special edition edition (29 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822840939
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822840931
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is an indispensable vademecum for those interested in contemporary art and the shape of things to come." - The Art Newspaper, London" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Uta Grosenick has worked at the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg and the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn, and was curator at the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg. Since 1996 she has been working as freelance editor (Art at the Turn of the Millennium, Women Artists) and organizer of exhibitions. Art historian Burkhard Riemschneider runs an art gallery in Berlin and has published several monographs on contemporary artists.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Taschen quality and diversity 4 Feb 2009
After looking online at the latest incarnation of this series (Art Now Vol.3) I decided to purchase this previous edition at a reduced price. Anyone who has had any dealings with Taschen will know what to expect from this product, it is their usual high standard but at the value for money we have come to expect. This is in a sense a catalogue of up and coming artists on a global level so is ideal for anyone looking to see what is happening on the modern art scene. I would imagine that the books editors would describe this as its main purpose but please dont be put off by this as this book is so much more.
I am relatively new to the art world and therefore still finding my feet and testing the artistic waters therefore this book was superb not only for seeing what everyone else is doing but also as inspiration for my own work. Each artist is given four pages which are mainly given over to photos of their work but also include a brief synopsis of their work and ideas, not too much but enough as a taster to lead you on a quest of discovery.
Overall an excellent book which I have returned to time and again not only for inspiration but as a lovely book simply to enjoy the pleasure of holding and reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I bought a copy of this book for an artist friend a couple of months ago and paid around £25 for it. This is a newer (2008) edition and has literally hundreds of photos and illustrations. A very, very attractive book, like all Taschen offerings, and I would call it a huge bargain. With free shipping (thanks to Amazon Prime) there is no reason why one should not buy a copy right away.

About the book: It is a survey of the contemporary art and gives a nice overall picture of what is happening in the world of photography, painting and architecture. Taschen would not be organised, no not them! The book has everything thrown in and the only order that is followed is the surnames of the artists in alphabetical order. (Follow Taschen and you will be left with a bookshelf displaying Titian (Taschen Basic Art Series) next to The Big Book of Breasts! In short, they are eclectic in everything they do and this makes their publications so very unique. Do expect some "chaos" when you buy this book. The book can be opened at any page and since every section is self-contained, they can be browsed through repeatedly. I am very happy with my purchase and although contemporary art is not my specialty, this book can be an excellent starting point.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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As is sometime the case with Amazon, they group reviews for different editions of a book together. For the record there are several editions of ART NOW:

"ART NOW 137 Artists at the Rise of the New Millennium", ISBN 382281444X (pub June 2002)

This reasonable size book, it measures 25.5cmm x 20cm (10"x8"), 640 pages, and is packed full if images. It covers the work of 137 different artists from the areas of painting, photography, film and video, sculpture, performance art and installation. Each artist is allotted four pages, has a brief introduction of one paragraph (printed in English, German and French), along with a thumb-nail photograph of the artist and a short list of selected exhibitions and bibliography. The pictures fill the pages, sometimes several to a page; in total I estimate there are around 750 illustrations almost entirely in colour. The book concludes with a glossary and brief biographical notes on the authors, plus a section entitled The Art Newspaper which provides art market details and facts about leading art cities in the world.

It covers many well known names including Jeff Koons, Damien Hurst, Luc Tuymans, John Currin, Peter Doig, Tracey Emin to mention a few, plus some less familiar, providing a very useful if brief summary of art today

"ART NOW Artist at the rise of the new Millennium" ISBN 9783822840931 (pub April 2005)

A scaled down version of the above; this is fairly compact book with around 360 pages, it measures 22.5cmm x 18cm (8.75"x7"). It covers the work of just 81 of the artists from the original edition, exactly as they appear there. There are over 500 illustrations almost entirely in colour.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
firstly - the confusion ...

i bought this book this time last year as im an artist + want to steal sorry - "appropriate" the really talented artists best ideas ( as is the historical method-de jour of course) + two as i already had + enjoyed the Taschen Art Now verison 1 from 2001 (see my other other review on amazon if yr curious). i would also strongly recommend Taschen's "Art of the 20th Century" 2000 edition) as it it covers many many obscure but influential artists in addition to the main acknowledged masters of painting, video, photography, installation etc etc.

THIS review is for Art Now Vol 2 (2008 edition) with the cover work "untitled" by Raqib Shaw with the Lobster making love to the birdwoman. SO - i think there is some mis-information yes as to several differing editions as taschen issue several issues under the same title - i have no idea why + a slap on the wrist for that Taschen. just to clarify..

this edition covers 81 estblished + emerging artists including It covers many well known names including artworld superstars : Jeff Koons, Luc Tuymans, John Currin, Peter Doig, Tracey Emin,Maurizio Cattelan to mention a few, plus many less familiar but equally fine artists, but no Mona Hatoum or Anya Gallacio (two of my favourites) which is a shame. Art Now 2 provides a very useful condensed summary of contemporary art circa 2008 with all media + disciplines covered. this edition is the scaled down version, is a fairly compact book with around 349 pages, it measures 22.5cmm x 18cm (8.75"x7"). It covers the work of just 81 of the artists from the original edition, exactly as they appear there. There are over 500 illustrations almost entirely in colour. The book concludes with a glossary and brief biographical notes on the authors.
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