The Contemporary Condition: The Contemporary Composition
'Can we speak, now, of contemporary composition, when art being made today seems so diverse in all of its aspects as to defy coherent categorization, when the world situation presents itself, day after day, as spinning into confused chaos, structural disintegration, and violent disorder—that is, a state of unfathomable decomposition? 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 above all by the contemporaneity of divisive difference. This book traces how— despite many obstacles—visual artists throughout the world are rising to this challenge.' — from the back cover
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