Art and Politics Now

Art and Politics Now

  1. Anthony Downey
  • ISBN 9780500291474
  • 28.00 x 21.00 cm
  • Paperback with flaps
  • 240pp
  • 419 Illustrations, 389 in colour
  • First published 2014

Essential reading for anyone interested in the potential of art to engage with and even redefine the political sphere, and inspirational, creative responses to today’s key political debates

‘Visually contemporary and stylishly designed … a timely overview of the art world’s involvement in politics’ – E-International Relations

Art and Politics Now

From photographers and filmmakers to the creators of immersive installations, today’s artists are engaging with some of the most pressing issues of our time – opening up new areas of discussion and debate and expanding our understanding of contemporary art as well as the role of those who create it.

Art and Politics Now is a richly illustrated and compelling survey of more than 200 contemporary artists whose works address the political. Themed chapters explore how, since the turn of the twenty-first century, artists have addressed real-world issues such as globalization, terrorism, conflict, the environment and knowledge, often using radical approaches and techniques to communicate their ideas.

Anthony Downey’s clear and insightful discussion of the major issues and themes is closely interwoven with detailed analysis of the artworks, which include projects by Ai Weiwei, Chantal Akerman, Harun Farocki, Omer Fast, Thomas Hirschhorn, Carsten Höller, Steve McQueen, Teresa Margolles, Adrian Paci, Walid Raad, Doris Salcedo and Santiago Sierra.

Anthony Downey is an academic and a writer. He is Director of the Master’s Programme in Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London, and Editor-in-Chief at Ibraaz, a research forum for visual culture in the Middle East. Downey is the editor of Uncommon Grounds: New Media and Critical Practice in North Africa and the Middle East and co-edited, for the 54th Venice Biennale, The Future of a Promise: Contemporary Art from the Arab World.