Links between art, contemporaneity, and the common lie at the heart of Chantal Pontbriand’s writings as a critic, editor and curator. This collection of essays written in the first decade of the XXIst C looks at different issues that come up in the context of examining what binds the practice of art to issues in the contemporary world, and how that bond articulates itself.
She describes contemporaneity as a flow, a performative being in opposition to modernism or postmodernism; a space-time being that is never fixed nor should it be fixated. Artists’ works here nourish case studies for understanding what is at play in our current condition of being-in-the-world, with the impact of politics and economy.
Essays on artists such as Claire Fontaine, Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno, Ion Grigorescu, Carsten Höller, Mike Kelley, Sigalit Landau, Rabih Mroué, Yvonne Rainer, and Rirkrit Tiravanija appear in the collection, together with her thoughts on the seminal issues stirring the field of contemporary art.
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