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My Life as a Work of Art

My Life as a Work of Art

The Art World from Start to Finish

Laurence King Publishing

By Ben Eastham, By Katya Tylevich


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How to cut through the labyrinthine contemporary art world – from the complex and animated process starting in the mind of an artist to the end in a museum, collector's property, storage space or dump, via workshops, galleries, and art fairs? The best way is to follow the only "witness" to all these developments: the work of art itself.

This book follows the "life" of works by eight major contemporary artists, from Martin Creed's conceptual works and Gregory Crewdson's photographs (requiring crews and production values similar to that of big budget movies) to Marina Abramovic's performances and Barry McGee's motorway sound barrier graffiti (touching upon the ambivalent relationship between street art and the art market).

An entertaining narrative helps to promote a greater understanding of what makes something "art." Many contemporary works require an awareness of the whole process to be properly appreciated, and there could be no better way of doing so than through their "biographies."

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Format: Hardcover
Publication: October 2016
ISBN: 9781780678689
Ben Eastham is the co-founder and editor of The White Review. As an arts journalist he has contributed to the Times Literary Supplement, the New York Times, Elephant, and the Art Newspaper. He has previously worked as a journalist at the BBC and curator at Hannah Barry, London.

Katya Tylevich is Editor-at-Large for Elephant and Contributing Editor for Mark and White Zinfandel. She contributes regularly to Domus, Pin-up, and Frame. She is co-founder of Friend&Colleague, working on curated projects and editions.