"In the end, ArtSpeak is informative and readable, a friendly invitation to better understand the language of contemporary art. Over its history, the book has transmuted from more or less a dictionary of terms into a relatively comprehensive survey of twenty-five years of art. Now, don’t you want clearer understanding of movement Mono-ha?"
Rain Taxi Review of Books
"The writing is simple, direct, nonjudgmental, and succinct. An essential update."
Library Journal, starred review
"[ArtSpeak is] where you go to find out, quickly and clearly, what Semiotics means... It offers handy short takes on terms like commodification and formalism, along with the who, when, where, and sometimes why of Neo Dada, Neo-Expressionism, Neo-Geo, New Image, the New Leipzig school, New media, New Realism, New Wave, Nouveau Réalisme, Socialist Realism, Social Realism, Social Practice, Space Art, and Spatialism, to name some more of the 146 categories in the book. It also explains what separates Pathetic Art from kitsch, and how Abject Expressionism differs from Abstract Expressionism."
Praise for the previous editions:
"From appropriation to manipulated photography to trans-avant garde, this handbook defines all the terms needed to sound au courant in the art world." Village Voice
"A must-have book for students, artists, collectors, and other interested observers." Hartford Courant
"A great book to take to the art museum." Chicago Tribune
"This is the book to carry on your next gallery crawl." Art and Auction