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.

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What is Contemporary Art? - Julieta ARANDA, Brian Kuan WOOD, Anton VIDOKLE
Contemp(t)orary: Eleven Theses - Cuauhtémoc MEDINA
Comrades of Time - Boris GROYS
Now and Elsewhere - Raqs Media Collective
Manifestos for the Future - Hans Ulrich OBRIST
New Species of Spaces - HU Fang, 胡昉
Torture and Remedy: The End of -isms and the Beginning Hegemony of the Impure - Jörg HEISER
Take the Money and Run? Can Political and Socio-Critical Art 'Survive'? - Martha ROSLER
Contemporary Extracts - Hal FOSTER
Contemporaneity as Points of Connection - Zdenka BADOVINAC
Back to Contemporary: One Contemporary Ambition, Many Worlds - Carol Yinghua LU, 盧迎華
What is Not Contemporary Art?: The View from Jena - Dieter ROELSTRAETE
Standing on the Gates of Hell, My Services are Found Wanting - Jan VERWOERT
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e-flux journal: What Is Contemporary Art?