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Art at the Turn of the Millennium (Specials) Paperback – 28 May 1999

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH (28 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822873934
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822873939
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 4.5 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 487,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Art at the Turn of the Millennium is a mega-exhibition--a Documentaor Venice Biennale in book form. There are 137 artists on view here in 1,200 illustrations, a near-dizzying array of work chosen by a team of seven experts on contemporary art. Each artist gets four pages within which readers will find high-quality colour illustrations, a concise commentary about the art maker and a one- or two-sentence artist's statement. An amusing and helpful glossary, full of tricky terms from the contemporary art world like "body art," "gender surfing" and "structuralism," is thoughtfully placed at the end of the book. Arranged alphabetically, the book functions as an artefact of this particular moment in time--the very late 20th century. In its scope it identifies the transcontinental nature of the art world today. And by selecting artists who are still hard at work, Art at the Turn of the Millennium hopes to indicate some of the discipline's future directions. Since the book functions like a dictionary of contemporary art, it is impossible to give a representative list of the artists in it. However, a ruffle of the pages turns up Tony Oursler, a Los Angeles artist whose video installations feature passionately articulate faces projected onto various head-shaped objects. Italian artist Pipilotti Rist makes hilarious and charming video work that is something like metamusicvideo. Two German photographers are included: Andreas Gursky, eminently capable of capturing the bigness of the world today, and Thomas Demand, who subjects photography to a rigorous reality check by constructing alarmingly realistic miniature sets, often architectural, which he then photographs. This is a smart and fun book that will endure on the shelves and in the hands of art enthusiasts for years to come. --Loren E. Baldwin

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By Sue Oakley on 9 Mar. 2015
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A good review of what's happening in art now. Very helpful for new art students.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Jun. 2000
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A Completely unpretentious look at art, now. All the reviews are also translated into french. Immensly valuable resource if you're studying art as well as an intresting read.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Jun. 1999
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In general, if you wish to know who is important now in the younger generation of practitioners, and who is going to become important, this is an invaluable reference. There are, however some surprising omissions: Mark Wallinger, Tacita Dean, Anya Gallacio for example.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Jun. 1999
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A wide range of mind-thrilling images with plenty of text if you want to dig deeper. Open it and marvel!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
An overview(mostly images)of art & artists of the 80's/90's 14 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a great reference to the art & artists of the 80's and 90's. More picture book than words, which is often more relevant than explaining what one is looking at. This book pretty much covers those artists that we've read about in the last twenty years, and now provides you with a reference to them. There are a few commentaries and statements, and will give you an idea of where art is, or possibly headed. I can recommend this as a very good looking and nice addition to ones art book library!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
An Imaginary Exhibition Catalogue 25 May 2001
By kitkatb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As the title of my review suggests, the book is composed in a form of an imaginary exhibition catalogue, where the artists are featured in an alphabetical order.
The book features the most recent art of the 80's and 90's up to the year 2000, and artsits active during the last 20 years, alongside artists who became known on the international arena only a year before the book was released. The "content" of the book, or the works featured in it, are a matter of taste, of course. I found them to be unindependant mostly ("been there..." was my reaction to many of them). Nevertheless, I find the book to be a very interesting and inclusive document of the art of our days.
It is important to emphasize the book does not include art critisizm, or what we call art history - in the sense that it doesn't examine every art work nor does it attempt to explain it iconographically. Instead the book gives short professional biographies of the artists featured, and references to further bibliography, that's why I still find it safe to say the book is informative.
In conclusion, if there was a different rating to the content of the book as opposed to it's composition, I would rate the first 4 stars as I did, but for the second criterion I would definitely give the whole 5!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
An essential book 30 Nov. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Art at the Turn of the Millennium" is an essential book for browsing the work of the best artists of recent decades. The book provides an indispensable taster of many contemporary artists with large color pictures and succinct text.
Certainly many great contemporary artists are missing (such as the still active significant "architectural artists" as Siah Armajani and Alice Aycock). However, no book can do justice to all major artists in the current wide contemporary field, and in light of the outstanding collection, any omissions are forgiven. (Indeed many of the work are 3d or video, as reflects the art climate of the last fifteen years. Nevertheless, most revered and noteworthy art in recent years has been 3d artwork and/or video.)
An updated version of this book, "Art Now", by the same editors also is also obligatory reading for contemporary art lovers.
17 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Focuses mainly on three-dimensional art 24 Mar. 2000
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I was disappointed with this book becasue almost all of the artists work is sculpture or installations. In my opinion 'art' should include painting, printmaking and all media. The book's title should have been Three-dimensional Art at the Turn of the Millennium. The format and images in the book are very nicely displyed though.
Great on architecture 18 Jan. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book contains an excellent survey of the world's finest recent architecture by Steven Holl, Jean Nouvel, and many others.
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