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Ice Cream: Contemporary Art in Culture Hardcover – June 1, 2007

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"The [cream series] books always successfully manage to capture artists just before they become major news ... Part of what makes Ice Cream so fresh is that the curators are as exciting as the artists" Dazed & Confused "If you like to keep up with all things cool, you'll love dipping into the pages of Ice Cream for tips on budding young artists" Vogue "A spot-on resource for the general reader looking for a snapshot of contemporary art today." V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum magazine)

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Jens Hoffmann is a curator and writer based in San Francisco where he is Director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. Midori Matsui is an art critic and scholar who has written extensively on Japanese and Western art and culture for a wide variety of periodicals and catalogues. Philippe Vergne is the Chief Curator and Deputy Director at the Walker Art Center Minneapolis. Sergio Edelsztein founded The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv in 1995, where he has been the Director since 1997. Shamim M Momin is an Associate Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art and Branch Director and Curator of the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, New York. Pi Li is a lecturer at the Central Academy of Fine Arts and Curator at The Loft New Media Art Space, Beijing. Lisette Lagnado was the Chief Curator of the 27th Sao Paulo Biennial (2006) and, since 2001, she has been editor of the online journal, Tropico. Gloria Sutton is a former Helena Rubinstein Fellow in Critical Studies at the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, New York and is currently working with the Kunsthalle, Zurich. The Wrong Gallery, set up by the artist Maurizio Cattelan, and the curators Massimiliano Gioni and Ali Subotnick, was a tiny, not-for-profit, half-metre-square exhibition space located in a shallow doorway in Chelsea, New York's gallery district. Evicted in July 2005, the gallery space is currently housed at London's Tate Modern. The Wrong Gallery has organised over 30 exhibitions with artists such as Lawrence Weiner, Elizabeth Peyton and Paul McCarthy. Under The Wrong Gallery's name, Catellan, Subotnick and Gioni have also curated such major international projects as the 4th Berlin Biennial (2006). Olesya Turkina is a critic, curator and Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Contemporary Art at the State Russian Museum, St Petersburg.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (June 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714846805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714846804
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 1.9 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,776,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Artist on June 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In my perspective this book does not fulfil my expectations given its potential. Firstly, I would say that the interviews/ discussions with the various curators are both insightful and off-putting; many of the curators come across as creatively frustrated and overly self-assured. Quotes such as: referring to themselves as "` intellectuals'." Or Jens Hoffan's view, `My voice in making an exhibition is equally important as that of the artist.' Caused me to cringe, I found it nauseating when they referred to themselves in such glowing terms, and at the same time amusing.
I recently saw an exhibition in Frankfurt, at the Schirn Art Gallery, called: `The Making of Art.' The exhibition is a reversal of the book; it is a fascinating tongue-in-cheek view of artists' perception of curators. In terms of emerging artists I feel that the curators have chosen artists who appear fairly established, given that many have been shown in biennales and leading museums.
The most interesting aspects I found in this book were the choices and views by The Wrong Gallery. Equally, adding artists over 60-years-old broadened the content. In my opinion, this book falls short of its potential.
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By W. Fanelli on November 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is a great resource of commentary from curators and artists in contemporary culture. A must for any art book collection.
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By barbara sapstein on March 21, 2013
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disappointing condition thought i bought new and it is not the spine is broken the book it self is great
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2 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Zheng Yuanwei on March 29, 2008
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the price is too expensive,more of works is video,it is disappoint that caofei,a so-called artist,my schoolmate,is collected,i don not understand why Pili do not order,it makes you upset. '''''
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