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Younger than Jesus: Artist Directory Paperback – May 16, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0714849812 ISBN-10: 0714849812
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'Arguably the hottest catalogue of the season ... It is already rumoured to have become the must-have directory for curators' Art World 'One ought to be impressed by the remarkable endurance of the yellow pages in the age of cell phones and Google. The massive artist directory published for the New Museum's "Younger Than Jesus" Triennial is rather reassuring in this sense. ... it is a true relief to find once again that printed matter actually matters. The book as a medium, and as an attractive object, is still what seems to guarantee [...] that what it contains won't get lost in the stream of cultural production. ... a very cheap, very cute encyclopedia of the very latest visual artists' Mousse

About the Author

Massimiliano Gioni is Director of Special Exhibitions at the New Museum, New York, and Artistic Director at Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan. Laura Hoptman is Kraus Family Senior Curator at the New Museum, New York. Lauren Cornell is Director of Rhizome and Adjunct Curator at the New Museum, New York.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (May 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714849812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714849812
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 1.5 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,688,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laura Hoptman is a curator of contemporary art at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She has curated over thirty exhibitions nationally and abroad including surveys of the work of Yayoi Kusama, Robert Crumb, Brion Gysin, Isa Genzken, Elizabeth Peyton, Tomma Abts, and George Condo. Her large thematic exhibitions, including Drawing Now: Eight Propositions, Unmonumental: The Object in the 21rst Century, and The Forever Now: Contemporary Art in An Atemporal World have introduced provocative and much discussed ideas that help to characterize contemporary art over the past 20 years and situate it in the context of the history of art.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Koterbay on July 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
I really like the idea: gather together recommendations from critics and curators from around the world of artists younger than a certain age, marking their rise into the art world. And, while not every artist included is someone I think is that good, nevertheless many are, and I've gone from this book to other sources to learn about them, and to consider including them in my classes. Yet, with just four pages of introductory text, with so little information about each artist, and with a book printed on the same quality of paper as a telephone directory (yes, that's clever, and it kept the book price down, but it still feels very cheap), this quickly became a book that is something I've flipped through but won't use again. In short, it's not a directory as a reference source but more of a huge, extensive, and superficial listing of names as suggestions, many of whom will be forgotten about in the near future simply given the structure of the art world and not through any lack of talent or merit.
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