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Contemporary Art

The Shock of the Now

Beatriz Milhazes

Beatriz Milhazes

US$ 80
Bacon (Basic Art Series)

Bacon

US$ 16
Basquiat (Basic Art Series)

Basquiat

US$ 16
Freud (Basic Art Series)

Freud

US$ 16
Giger (Basic Art Series)

Giger

US$ 16
Haring (Basic Art Series)

Haring

US$ 16
Kahlo (Basic Art Series)

Kahlo

US$ 16
Klee (Basic Art Series)

Klee

US$ 16
Mucha (Basic Art Series)

Mucha

US$ 16
O'Keeffe (Basic Art Series)

O'Keeffe

US$ 16
Pop Art (Basic Art Series)

Pop Art

US$ 16
Richter (Basic Art Series)

Richter

US$ 16
Rothko (Basic Art Series)

Rothko

US$ 16
Warhol (Basic Art Series)

Warhol

US$ 16
HR Giger (Limited Edition)

HR Giger

US$ 1,250
Beatriz Milhazes (Limited Edition)

Beatriz Milhazes

US$ 1,250
Mark Ryden. Pinxit (Limited Edition)

Mark Ryden.
Pinxit

US$ 1,250
Helmut Newton. BABY SUMO (Limited Edition)

Helmut Newton.
BABY SUMO

US$ 1,500
Albert Oehlen (Limited Edition)

Albert Oehlen

US$ 1,500
Neo Rauch (Limited Edition)

Neo Rauch

US$ 1,500
Walton Ford. Pancha Tantra (Limited Edition)

Walton Ford.
Pancha Tantra

US$ 2,000
David Hockney. My Window (Limited Edition)

David Hockney.
My Window

US$ 2,000
Christopher Wool (Limited Edition)

Christopher Wool

US$ 2,000
Annie Leibovitz (Limited Edition)

Annie Leibovitz

US$ 3,500
Annie Leibovitz. Art Edition (Limited Edition)

Annie Leibovitz.
Art Edition

US$ 6,000
GOAT. Champ's Edition (Limited Edition)

GOAT.
Champ's Edition

US$ 15,000
Ai Weiwei (Limited Edition)

Ai Weiwei

US$ 3,000
Jeff Koons (Limited Edition)

Jeff Koons

US$ 4,500

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Contemporary Art

Contemporary art is the art of our lifetime—the art being made now and about this moment. As an art historical movement it eludes easy definition, often characterized as contradictory, confusing, and open ended. Contemporary art tends to be tied to conceptual practice, and while it may manifest through any materials and methods, it often directly challenges traditional notions of what art can and should be. Contemporary artists emphasize the importance of context in making and viewing art, with many vesting power in the eyes of the viewer, where their work’s true significance comes to life.

Though the end of World War II and the social upheaval of the 1960s are often cited as key moments in the emergence of “the contemporary,” artists like Marcel Duchamp were already hard at work, breaking the rules long before the term was coined. Modern art was categorized by medium; contemporary artists work across sculpture, painting, video, or performance freely and as they see fit. They are often equally comfortable presenting their oeuvre both outside and within the “white cube”— the stark, brightly lit exhibition space.

From identity politics, the body, globalization and migration, technology, and popular culture: TASCHEN art books explore the plethora of themes permeating contemporary art. Featuring some of the most famous artists of our day, TASCHEN Books offer comprehensive monographs on the likes of Olafur Eliasson, Ai Weiwei, Darren Almond, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Keith Haring, David Hockney, Martin Kippenberger, Jeff Koons, Yves Klein, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ren Hang, Mark Ryden, and many, many more. These publications bring together biographical information, critical essays, and immaculate reproductions of key artworks to present the ultimate journey through an artist’s practice.