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TATE Modern Artists Series. Affordable and accessible, ‘Modern Artists’ are an essential reference for all those interested in contemporary visual art. Each volume contains 100 colour illustrations, new interviews with the artist, a chronological survey of their career and detailed commentary on key works.
Generously illustrated, accessible, and affordable, the Modern Artists series will build to become an essential reference for all those interested in contemporary visual culture.


ART DOCUMENTS
Documents of Contemporary art F. C. Flick Collection
TATE modern artists Abstract Expressionism
New Released art books Photography
Turner prize winners German expressionism


Jeff Wall



Born in 1946 in British Columbia, Jeff Wall has shown internationally for the last 25 years and is one of the most intriguing and influential artists working today. His signature works are large-scale narrative photographs in the form of backlit transparencies mounted in light boxes, like bus stop advertisements. Rather than advertising products, Wall’s photographs celebrate moments of everyday life, often ones he has observed while driving around the streets of his native Vancouver, and then re-created using actors…

Antony Gormley

One of the most celebrated and talked about artists of his generation, Turner Prize-winner Antony Gormley (b. 1950) generates lively debate and critical acclaim. His large-scale, iconic projects such as Angel of the North at Gateshead, the 100 cast-iron sculptures he placed on a British beach for Another Place, and the hundreds of small terracotta figurines he asked the public to create for Field have cemented his place among todayís leading contemporary artists…

Tracey Emin



Art star Tracey Emin (b. 1963) first came to public attention in the 1990s with her provocative and confrontational works. After the inclusion of the controversial Everyone I Have Ever Slept With in the Royal Academyís notorious Sensation exhibition and My Bed in the Turner Prize exhibition in 1999, she achieved a level of fame and notoriety unparalleled for an artist in recent times…

Ed Ruscha

American artist Ed Ruscha (b. 1937) is a master of creating art that is at once playful and profound. Ruschaís inimitable work frequently involves the setting of a single word or phrase against a stained background or monumental landscape. His paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, books, and films were influential in the development of Pop Art, and his stunning artistís books continue to inspire up-and-coming artists today.

Louise Bourgeois

This engaging survey probes the spellbinding life and work of Louise Bourgeois, whose artworks are among the most memorable of the 20th century, and now the 21st. Bourgeois, born in Paris in 1911, has produced a body of work that is as diverse in its use of materials as it is consistent in its themes. While placing her within key art historical traditions, each chapter focuses on the artistís use of different media and techniques, from painting and assemblage to sculpture, paper ephemera, and beyond…

Douglas Gordon

Born in Glasgow in 1966, Douglas Gordon first came to prominence in the 1990s, winning the Turner Prize in 1996. He soon earned a reputation for making art from preexisting materials, most spectacularly classic films. Gordon’s blatant creative "kidnapping" of movies is best shown in 24 Hour Psycho (1993), in which the effect of stretching the iconic Hitchcock thriller into a daylong and silent screening challenges our understanding of the original version and the psychic themes it probes…

Richard Wilson



Richard Wilson creates works that often come closer to engineering or even architecture than to traditional sculpture. Typically he transforms the viewer’s environment into something unsettling and strange through interventions that not only alter the physical space but also interfere with our perception of it. Perhaps his best-known work is 20:50, currently on view at the Saatchi Gallery in London. A room is flooded with oil that has a highly reflective surface. Into the oil is built a kind of narrow pier down which one person can walk, the oil perilously close to their body. So reflective is the oil that the room induces a strong feeling of disorientation…

Julian Opie



Perhaps more than any artist of his generation, Julian Opie (b. 1958) has taken his art beyond the gallery walls and out into the mainstream of cultural life, testing his ideas in a multitude of different mediums. This is the first publication to offer a complete and highly illustrated survey of his career and work: from the early figurative painted metal sculptures, through 3-D evocations of European highway travel and urban high-rise buildings, to his recent cool graphic style, which has been seen on billboards and in large-scale site-specific wall paintings…

Rachel Whiteread



Whiteread first gained wide recognition in 1990 with Ghost, a plaster cast of the interior of an ordinary room. She won the Turner Prize in 1993, the same year as her first large-scale public project, House, a concrete cast of a 19th-century London row house. She has since completed additional site-specific projects: Holocaust Memorial in the Judenplatz, Vienna; Water Tower in New York; and Monument, installed on the empty fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, London…

What is Modern Art?

text-align:justify; For centuries artists enjoyed their place serving the Church, the aristocracy and current public conventions or tradition. Their handiwork decorated castles, stately homes and Churches with allegorical, mythological and religious subject matter. But towards the end of the 18th century things began to change. It was in fact the French Revolution of 1789 which caused the shift. The Modern era unfolded in its shadow. Under the mantra of liberty, equality and fraternity, society was irrevocably transformed. Art had become a subject like philosophy and was open to be discussed. Artists became self conscious and self reliant. They were no longer constrained by a preconceived style, subject matter or technique. They critically examined existing conventions and created new possibilities for art. From the late 18th century many artists and art movements arose which challenged traditional thinking about painting, It is widely believed that Modern Art began with the work of the Frenchman, Paul Cezanne. (1839 - 1906) . He built upon the new techniques developed by his predeccesors (like the Impressionists), and together with this tried to recapture a sense of order and clarity. His efforts opened the way for Cubism which reformed painting even more. Many more movements followed, all challenging and transforming the act of painting in their own way. By the late 1960's,and early 1970's artists began to experiment with new media, such as video and performance and moved away from painting. It is here then, where Modernism is said to have ended and a new era begun.

What is Contemporary Art?

text-align:justify; Contemporary art is simply the art created in our lifetime. The subject matter explored is considered to be the most socially conscious,of any previous era. And the techniques employed reflect everyday life. Artists use video, multimedia, nature, music and more, to express their ideas.

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