A - Z of Contemporary Art
Don't know your biennale from a triennale? Can't tell your old media from your new? Are notions leaving you baffled? The A-Z of Contemporary Art is a bluffer's guide to the often-impenetrable world of contemporary art, from artists, art works and galleries to new media, forms and theories.
Taking an A-Z format this 'guide book' is presented by respected visual arts commentator Andrew Frost as a concise visual encyclopaedia that's an energetic collage of information. More accessible than a textbook, cheaper than a trip to the Guggenheim, quicker than spending three years at university, the A-Z is presented in a light-hearted and humorously aware tone that offers real information on the contemporary art world. By the end of the series, viewers will not only have the answers to their questions but will also be able to express their own informed opinions.
Episode 1: A - K covers Artists and Biennales, the meaning of Contemporary, the art of Drawing, a list of Exceptions and Fakes, all kinds of Galleries, art History and Ideas, Junk and throwaway Kitsch.
Episode 2: L - Z begins with the concept of 'Liking' things, endemic in social media, and a first reaction to a lot of art, but we wonder, is that good enough? Then we take a look at Laughter, at being funny on purpose, and at being a joke. We have a quick quiz on Modernism - can you tell from our examples which ones are contemporary art works? We look at the Market, and the mistaken idea that art that's sold for millions of dollars is better or more important than art sold for a hundred dollars. Materiality is the idea that art should be made from certain materials, then we take on the tangle of words that make up Notions, one of the most widely abused and misunderstood terms in the contemporary art lexicon. There's the shadow play of the Other, and a quick history of Photography, the most pervasive form of contemporary art. What is Post Modernism? A fluffy pussycat! We examine Queer Theory, Representation, and ponder contemporary art's Serious Flaw. We imbibe some Theory and take in Urban Art, a tour through Video Art, the vexatious question of Women, and finally X the unknown, You, before we end up right in the middle of the Zeitgeist.
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