100 Works of Art

100 Works of Art That Will Define Our Age

  1. Kelly Grovier
  • ISBN 9780500239070
  • 27.00 x 22.60 cm
  • PLC (no jacket)
  • 320pp
  • Illustrated in colour throughout
  • First published 2013

This book dares to predict the 100 most significant 
works of art made since the 1990s – providing a clear and intelligent map
 through the landscape of contemporary art

‘... as a snapshot of art's preoccupation with spectacle and statement, '100 Works' is a grand definition of the age’ – Wallpaper*
‘Beautifully illustrated … superior to many list books in its singular and often original voice’ – The Art Newspaper
‘Audacious … a great introduction for anyone keen to get to grips with the headline-grabbers of the past two decades’ – Time Out
'Thumbing through this book is like looking at a who’s who of the art world. Every page is turned with a bang … this book succeeds in its endeavour’ – Aesthetica
‘A marvellous combination of aesthetic sensibility, poetic imagery, and charming wit … this is at once a major look at contemporary artworks and a personal investigation of the self-image provoked by them … This title is a major addition to the literature of art criticism and philosophy’ – Library Journal

100 Works of Art
See the slideshow on bbc.co.uk

Just as Picasso’s Guernica and Géricault’s Raft of the Medusa survive as powerful cultural documents of their time, there will be works from our own era that will endure for generations to come. But which ones? Which contemporary artworks best capture the spirit of the late 20th and early 21st centuries? Which artists and artworks from the past two decades will come to define our age through their power to question, provoke and inspire?

See the List of Artists

Accessible and incisive texts offer a biography of each piece, tracing its inception and impact, and showing how it provides a unique keyhole not only into the imagination of the artist who created it but also into the age in which we live.

This is important and enjoyable reading for all those working with and studying contemporary culture, as well as for the art-lover keen to find a clear path through the maze of contemporary art across the world.

Kelly Grovier is a poet, historian and art critic. His articles have appeared in The Observer and the Times Literary Supplement, to which he frequently contributes. He is the author of three books and numerous essays for exhibition catalogues, and is the co-founder of the journal European Romantic Review, devoted to the interdisciplinary study of 19th-century art and literature.