Taschen — Art Now! Vol. 4

Matthew Barney
Drawing Restraint 17, 2010
Production still
Courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York, Brussels
Photo: Hugo Glendinning

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Now That's What I Call Art!

Taschen's encyclopaedic compilation digests what's hot in the world's galleries...

Art Now! Vol 4 has arrived from publishers Taschen. This weighty tome is the latest in an ongoing series which is a bit like the art equivalent of the Now! music releases – if it’s hot in the galleries of the world at the moment, it will be in here, whether it’s emerging talent or well established names. This edition is paying particular attention to the art of East Asia; Karen Smith takes an in-depth look at the art scenes in Beijing and Shanghai, while Colin Chinnery essays on the post-war developments between China, Japan and Korea.

Arranged in A-Z format, there are entries on more than 100 artists within the 576 pages, which is enough to keep even the most avid art fan busy for some considerable time. It’s a rather nice way of introducing readers to new names and genres too, without the time-consuming inconvenience of having to travel the globe to the galleries in person, and let’s face it, who has time for that? Art Now! Vol 4 is available in hardback from TASCHEN for a penny under £35.

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Jeff Koons, Antiquity 1, 2009–2012
Oil on canvas, 274.3 x 213.4 cm
Courtesy of the artist

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MadeIn Company’s fabric studio,
Shanghai, 2012
Courtesy of Karen Smith and Liu Heung Shing
Photo: Karen Smith

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Sterling Ruby, Vampire 28, 2011
Fabric, fibre fill,
213.4 x 114.3 x 10.2 cm
Courtesy Sprüth Magers, Berlin, London

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Ai Weiwei, WeiweiCam, 2012
Four web cameras streaming to
www.weiweicam.com
Courtesy of the artist

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Haegue Yang, Acoustics of Karma, 2011
Single shaft clothing rack (chrome) on casters with
round top, frosted light bulbs, cable, cord, rope,
globe, bells, metal rings, pine cones, coins, yarn,
keys, papier mâché, watercolour, lacquer,
height 196 cm, ø 90 cm
Courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Photo: Nozomi Tomoeda

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Subodh Gupta, Family Nest No. 2, 2012
Stainless steel cabinet, stainless steel utensils,
found old aluminium and brass utensils,
enamel coated steel utensils, wood,
149.9 x 124.5 x 63.5 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth
Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zurich

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Adrián Villar Rojas, A Person Loved Me, 2012
Installation view, New Museum, New York, 2012
Clay, wood, polystyrene, dimensions variable
Courtesy Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo

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