What's Wrong with Contemporary Art?
UNSW Press, 2004 - 184 páginas
In this provocative book, Peter Timms asks confronting questions. Why is contemporary art so in thrall to spruikers and promoters, and why do their extravagant claims so rarely match the reality? Why does the market have such power, and how does it dictate the sort of art we are allowed to see? Why are art schools, museums and the media apparently so eager to fall in line with commercial expectations?
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The introduction proves that this read will be tripe. Doomsday theorizing on contemporary art's role to reinforce and edify the masses is all I assume the rest of the pages will provide. Illusory logic and attacks on lowbrow identity more than likely fill in the rest of the blanks. I assume Mr. Timms would like artists to spoon feed relevance to their public? Granted, his statements concerning the nature of the business of art could be worthwhile. However, reading 184 pages of, "It's not like it was in my day!" is not how I want to spend my time considering art's role in the present day.
List of illustrations
Why new media rule
The wheels of commerce
Building a notion
Cultural traditions and personal desires
What can art do?