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Cream 3 Hardcover – July 1, 2003
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However I think the work within is not quite as interesting as that in "Cream 2" (or the similar survey, "Art Now"). The work somehow seems less intelligent original and compelling as the previous volume (though it is much better designed as a book.)
In light of the plethora of video work, I believe that such books should be accompanied by a CD or DVD with sample clips of the video art, as did the last Whitney Biennial catalogue (albeit with a CD for audio art). Unlike flat art or sculpture, visualizing moving images with stills is a bit like trying to comprehend the 5th dimension in our 3 dimensional world.
It is quite amazing how the former hegemony of New York has been replaced by a globalize art world (perhaps part due to public spending outside the US). The editors of the Cream series have taken pains to accelerate this trend of globalization to a significant advantage.
Nevertheless, I have one caveat on this subject. I know that the curators cannot represent every country in the world, but they have not mentioned one artist in Australia and New Zealand - both (interrelated) counties that are now producing quite outstanding and innovative art that often goes unnoticed in the Northern hemisphere.
Its one saving grace is that it is bringing dozens of artist's attention for the first time in a major publication. And even if these artists' work for the most part is less than overwhelming, it is interesting to explore their work. Maybe not enough time passed between the first, second, and third Creams to allow for the quality found in the first two. But I suspect it was primarily those that did the compiling this time around that are to blame for the damaging of an otherwise fine series.
Try Vitamin P or the earlier Creams if you are interested in a contemporary art survey.
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Nice and heavy duty book, but I only purchased it because it was required for school over 10 years ago..never opened it once..and look at me, I still graduated! Read morePublished 6 months ago by GoogahDad
this is a good book.... but you have to order it alone. it can damege other items in the same box. be careful!!!!Published on August 17, 2006 by O. M. Vesga
For art lovers and artists alike, staying current with modern art is an essential. Thje Phaidon Cream series is your ticket to remaining on top of your game. Read morePublished on September 10, 2003 by Grasshopper