Art Now! Vol 3 Hardcover – 20 May 2012
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Hans Werner Holzwarth is a book designer and editor based in Berlin, with numerous publications mainly on contemporary art and photography. For TASCHEN he has edited, among other titles, Jeff Koons, Christopher Wool, Albert Oehlen and Neo Rauch.
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as owner of Art Now vols 1 + 2, plus the excellent heavyweight "Art in the 20th Century" - i continue to look to Taschen (together with Thames + Hudson perhaps) to what is the "hot 100" type of contemporary artists. the good news is that as a new media artist myself , as well as curious culture fiend : Taschen's revised Art Now Vol.3 continues to offer at least a decent overview of present day practice , if not provide any form of actual insight in changing practice. firstly - the format stays the same from recent years : compact, hardback , excellent colour reproductions and a fairly rudimentary glossary of key terms. the bad perhaps,is the actual choice of who is deemed "hot" i suppose as well as only a paragraph in three languages giving a brief overview about each artist.
several amusing "new" entries include (wait for it): Damien Hirst, banksy, Tacita Dean , Mona Hatoum etc er- hardly new talent + why did they not feature in the first two ArtNow's ? a docked star for that.. however some excellent genuine new artists (well new to me) include in no particular order, Subodh Gupta, Kehinde Wiley, Thomas Zipp and Anselm Reyle (ok i knew Reyle). The Chapman Brothers must be annoyed - they have been banished from this volume as have several other "YBA's. wavering fashion/taste in art perhaps dahling..
all in all - Taschen's Art Now series continues to offer affordable , quality books on some of contemporary the art market's main practioners. just dont expect any real illumination on the artists background, what informs their works, or how the 73 artists selected artists were actually selected (down from 81 artists in Art Now 2). as ive said - the choice in Vol.3 seems a little uneven. how this some of the artsts in this volume came to be chosen over at least a dozen other artists i can think of who have been omitted , dropped or ignored, begs the question of curatorial versus fashionable "taste" perhaps.
the Taschen Art Now continues to be a stimulating art series nonetheless.
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