The Contemporary Condition. The Contemporary Composition
Can we speak of composition when we are in a state of unfathomable decomposition? Art being made today defies coherent categorization, and the world presents itself, day after day, as spinning into confused chaos, structural disintegration, and violent disorder. Revising his well-known histories of contemporary art, Terry Smith argues that we must respond to the compelling need for coeval composition at a time defined by the contemporaneity of divisive difference. This book traces how—despite many obstacles—visual artists across the globe are rising to this challenge. [publisher’s note]
This book is Vol. 2 in The Contemporary Condition series, edited by Geoff Cox and Jacob Lund, co-published with Aarhus University and ARoS Art Museum.
Published by Sternberg Press, 2016
Design by Dexter Sinister
Essays / Art Theory