Contemporary Painting

Contemporary Painting

by Suzanne Hudson


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Painting is a continually expanding and evolving medium. The radical changes that have taken place since the 1960s and 1970s-including the shift from modernism to postmodernism-have been accompanied by fierce debates regarding the place of painting in contemporary culture, leading to its reinvigoration as a practice and lending it an energy and excitement that persist today. Renowned critic and art historian Suzanne Hudson offers an intelligent and original survey of the subject, exploring the ways in which contemporary artists are approaching, reimagining and challenging the medium. Her rigorous critical record brings together more than 250 eminent artists from around the world, whose diverse ideas and aesthetics characterize the painting of our time. They include Cecily Brown, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Theaster Gates, Josh Smith, Jenny Saville, Takashi Murakami, Gabriel Orozco, Kara Walker, Kehinde Wiley, Zhang Xiaogang and many others. Hudson's compelling text takes into account issues such as queer narratives, race, activism and climate, and demonstrates the continued relevance of painting today.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780500294635
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication date: 04/13/2021
Series: World of Art Series
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 445,316
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Suzanne Hudson is an associate professor of art history and fine arts at the University of Southern California. She is an esteemed art historian and critic who writes on modern and contemporary art. Her previous books include Robert Ryman: Used Paint, Agnes Martin: Night Sea, and Mary Weatherford, and she is coeditor of Contemporary Art: 1989 to the Present. She is a regular contributor to Artforum.

Table of Contents

Introduction 07

Chapter 1 Appropriation 32

Chapter 2 Attitude 72

Chapter 3 Production and Distribution 116

Chapter 4 The Body 154

Chapter 5 Beyond Painting 196

Chapter 6 About Painting 235

Chapter 7 Living Painting 277

Postscript 294

Glossary 295

Further Reading 300

Sources of Illustrations 304

Index 314

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