This is the second in e-flux journal's ongoing series of books published by Sternberg Press, entitled What Is Contemporary Art?
'What is contemporary art? First, and most obviously: why is this question not asked? That is to say, why do we simply leave it to hover in the shadow of attempts at critical summation in the grand tradition of twentieth-century artistic movements? The contemporary delineates its border invisibly: no one is proud to be "contemporary," and no one is ashamed. Indeed, the question of where artistic movements have gone seems embedded in this question, if only because "the contemporary" has become a single hegemonic "-ism" that absorbs all proposals for others. When there are no longer any artistic movements, it seems that we are all working under the auspices of this singular -ism that is deliberately (and literally) not one at all...' (Back cover)
With brief biography of contributors.
Please note that a Chinese translation of this publication 什麼是當代藝術?
is also in AAA's archive.