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Fresh Cream

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9780714839240: Fresh Cream

Fresh Cream is an international 'who's who' of the new 'creme de la creme' of artists selected by 10 of the world's most influential art critics. Cream, published by Phaidon in 1998, was a sensational cultural event. Fresh Cream consolidates the biennial status of Cream as a frame of reference and an essential source of new art for art professionals and newcomers alike. Pursuing the theme of its predecessor, with 10 new world-class contemporary curators each choosing ten emerging artists, the book presents in its entirety the works of 100 artists and an up-to-the-minute global overview of the contemporary art world, not only for now but also for the future. These artists have risen to intense international acclaim since the 1990s or, in the opinion of the curators who have selected them, are about to emerge internationally in the near future. Fresh Cream contains the enormous breadth of ideas and forms that exist in contemporary art. The artists' spreads are arranged in an A-Z order, featuring numerous examples of each artist's work alongside a concise text from the selecting curator and vital biographical information about the artist. A conversation between the 10 curators and the commissioning editor gives a penetrative insight into their selections and of the key issues in contemporary art. The cultural context in which the artists work - from philosophy to fiction - is presented through recent texts from 10 contemporary writers, one selected by each curator. Itself embodying the creative originality and innovation of its content, Fresh Cream is packaged in an incredible, inflated, clear plastic pillow.

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From its plastic pillow packaging to its passages of almost unreadable peach-colored type on white paper, this tall, skinny book is no stranger to the high-concept bias of contemporary art in the '90s. Fresh Cream demonstrates the continuing bull market for extreme depictions of the body, retreads of once subversive strategies, and work heavily informed by advertising imagery.

The 100 artists in this second installment of a biennial publication (Cream was the first) were chosen by 10 curators from cities as far-flung as Moscow, London, Bangkok, and New York. Asked to select individuals "who have emerged internationally since about the mid-1990s or have yet to emerge at all," the curators chose such widely known video and installation artists as Doug Aitken, Vanessa Beecroft, Jason Rhoades, and Paul McCarthy, as well as those whose identifies would stump the most dedicated art-journal reader.

With so many video, performance, and installation works that beg to be seen in real time and space, this book is a poor substitute for an exhibition. Based on the evidence at hand--a dozen or fewer photographs representing each artist's output and brief descriptions by the curators--the cream only rarely rises to the top.

For this reader, the exceptions include Uta Barth's blurry photographic glimpses of what we see when we're focusing on something else; Doris Salcedo's eloquent furniture memorials to the sufferings of her fellow Colombians; Janet Cardiff's unsettling sound pieces; Annika Eriksson's quietly subversive community-participation events; Heri Dono's politically charged versions of traditional Japanese art forms; and witty paintings by Joanne Greenbaum, Laura Owens, and Elizabeth Peyton. --Cathy Curtis

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10 CuratorsIwona Blazwick is Head of Exhibitions and Display at Tate Modern, London. Amada Cruz is Director of the Center for Curatorial Studies Museum, Bard College, New York. Bice Curiger is Editor in Chief of Parkett magazine, Zurich. Vasif Kortun is Curator at the Istanbul Contemporary Art Project. Maria Lind is Curator at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. Viktor Misiano is a critic and curator based in Moscow. Gerardo Mosquera is Adjunct Curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York. He is based in Havana, Cuba. Olu Oguibe is an artist, critic, curator and poet based in New York. Apinan Poshyananda is Chief Curator of the Art Gallery at the Center of Academic Resources, Bangkok. Octavio Zaya is a critic and curator based in New York. 10 WritersZigmunt Bauman, Liam Gillick, Elisabeth Grosz, Boris Groys, Jackie Kay, Hanif Kureishi, Valerey Podoroga, Douglas Rushkoff, Carlos Varela, Marina Warner. 100 ArtistsEija-Liisa Ahtila, Doug Aitken, Jane Alexander, Ghada Amer, Carlos Amorales, Arahmaiani, Kutlug Ataman, Fabienne Audeoud, Miriam Backstrom, Burt Barr, Orla Barry, Uta Barth, Vanessa Beecroft, Emese Benczur, Montien Boonma, Luchezar Boyadijev, Olaf Breuning, Jessica Bronson, Tania Bruguera, Bureau of Inverse Technology, Cai Guo-Qiang, Miguel Calderon, Janet Cardiff, Chen Chieh-Jen, Choi Jeong Hwa, Nicola Constantino, Iftikhar and Elizabeth Dadi, Lucky DeBellevue, Wim Delvoye, Jason Dodge, Heri Dono, Marie-Louise Ekman, Annika Eriksson, Ayse Erkmen, Mary Evans, Vadim Fishkin, Sylvie Fleury, Fiona Foley, Dara Friedman, Carlos Garaicoa, Dr Galentin Gatev, Simryn Gill, Fernanda Gomes, Joanne Greenbaum, Diego Gutierrez, Dmitri Gutov, Arturo Herrera, Noritoshi Hirakawa, Permindar Kaur, Byron Kim, Kaisu Koivisto, Oleg Kulik, Moshekwa Langa, Nikki S. Lee, Laura Lima, Sharon Lockhart, Sarah Lucas, Paul McCarthy, Barry McGee, Kerry James Marshall, Mona Marzouk, Erbosyn Meldybekov, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Priscilla Monge, Takashi Murakami, Ayudan Murtezaglou, Jean-Luc Mylayne, Damian Ortega, Anatoly Osmolovsky, Laura Owens, Marco Peljhan, Elizabeth Peyton, Qiu Zhijie, Michael Raedecker, Navin Rawanchaikul, Jason Rhoades, Guia Rigvava, Ugo Rondinone, Francisco Ruiz de Infante, Doris Salcedo, Arsen Savadov and Georgy Senchenko, Tilo Schulz, David Shrigley, Shazia Sikander, Smith/Stewart, Nedko Solakov, Yutaka Sone, Frances Stark, Simon Starling, Renee Stout, Apolonija Sustersic, Tomoko Takahashi, Wolfgang Tillmans, Grazia Toderi, Jaan Toomik, Adriana Varejao, Sergio Vega, Xu Bing, Miwa Yanagi, Dolores Zinny and Juan Maidagan.

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