What is contemporary art? First, and most obviously: why is this question not asked? That is to say, why do we simply leave it to hover in the shadow of attempts at critical summation in the grand tradition of twentieth-century artistic movements? The contemporary delineates its border invisibly: no one is proud to be “contemporary,” and no one is ashamed. Indeed, the question of where artistic movements have gone seems embedded in this question, if only because “the contemporary” has become a single hegemonic “ism” that absorbs all proposals for others. When there are no longer any artistic movements, it seems that we are all working under the auspices of this singular ism that is deliberately (and literally) not one at all…..

What is Contemporary Art? Issue Two
Julieta Aranda, Brian Kuan Wood, Anton Vidokle

Contemporary Extracts
Hal Foster

Contemp(t)orary: Eleven Theses
Cuauhtémoc Medina

Manifestos for the Future
Hans Ulrich Obrist

Now and Elsewhere
Raqs Media Collective

Take the Money and Run? Can Political and Socio-critical Art “Survive”?
Martha Rosler

Standing on the Gates of Hell, My Services Are Found Wanting
Jan Verwoert

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