pressPLAY: Contemporary Artists in Conversation

Author(s): Phaidon

Art - History and biography

50 contemporary artists interviewed by 50 of today's key art thinkers.

A personal encounter with 50 of the world's most significant contemporary artists, pressPLAY draws together the full texts of the complete Phaidon interviews with artists since 1995.

From highly established artists such as Louise Bourgeois and Alex Katz to midcareer masters such as Fischli and Weiss and Jenny Holzer to the most exciting artists of the current generation such as Maurizio Cattelan and Pipilotti Rist, the artists in pressPLAY work in every variety of media - from painting to video, sculpture to installation. In discussion with key art critics as well as fellow artists, novelists, musicians and theorists, together the players in pressPLAY explain in full what it means to be an artist today.

Highlights include veteran painter Vija Celmins and noted sculptor Robert Gober in an intimate discussion on their differing art practices; longtime friends and fellow travellers for decades, Benjamin Buchloh and Lawrence Weiner recall 35 years of work in the definitive, career-long interview for this key conceptual artist; the late Sir Ernst Gombrich in a discussion with the UK's pre-eminent sculptor Antony Gormley, who confesses that it was Gombrich's Story of Art that first inspired him to become an artist; the taciturn, legendary Raymond Pettibon muses on the evolution of his work with noted novelist Dennis Cooper; musician-artist Christian Marclay discusses performance, music and art with Kim Gordon from the legendary rock band Sonic Youth.


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50 key art thinkers, including: Benjamin Buchloh (Columbia University, New York); Bice Curiger (Parkett, Zurich, and Tate etc., London); Douglas Crimp (University of Rochester, New York); Donna De Salvo (the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York); Alison Gingeras (Centre George Pompidou, Paris); Isabelle Graw (Texte zur Kunste, Cologne); Molly Nesbit (Barnard College, New York) Amanda Sharp (frieze, London); Nancy Spector (Guggenheim Museum, New York), Robert Storr (New York University, formerly the Museum of Modern Art, New York); as well as one the 20th century's greatest art historians, the late Sir Ernst Gombrich.

pressPlay is text-heavy contemporary art history, in 245 x 172 mm reading book format (approx. 350,000 words), with a selection of images illustrating artworks discussed in depth in the text. Accompanied by a portrait of all the artists and interviewers, pressPlay is an intimate and thorough look at the key artists and critics today, in their own words. Vito Acconci/Mark C.Taylor; Doug Aitken/Amanda Sharp; Uta Barth /Matthew Higgs; Christian Boltanski/Tamar Garb; Louise Bourgeois/Paulo Herkenhoff; Cai Guo Qiang/Octavio Zaya; Maurizio Cattelan/Nancy Spector; Vija Celmins / Robert Gober; Richard Deacon/Pier Luigi Tazzi; Mark Dion/Miwon Kwon; Stan Douglas/Diana Thater; Marlene Dumas/Barbara Bloom; Jimmie Durham/Dirk Snauwaert; Olafur Eliasson/Daniel Birnbaum; Fischli and Weiss/Beate Soentgen; Tom Friedman/Dennis Cooper; Isa Genzken/Diedrich Diederichsen; Antony Gormley/Sir Ernst Gombrich; Dan Graham/Mark Francis; Paul Graham/Gillian Wearing; Hans Haacke/Molly Nesbit; Mona Hatoum/Michael Archer; Thomas Hirschhorn/Alison M. Gingeras; Jenny Holzer/Joan Simon; Roni Horn/Lynne Cooke Ilya Kabakov/ David A. Ross; Alex Katz/Robert Storr; Mary Kelly/Douglas Crimp; Mike Kelley/Isabelle Graw; William Kentridge/Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev; Yayoi Kusama/Akira Tatehata; Robert Mangold /Sylvia Plimack Mangold; Christian Marclay/Kim Gordon Paul McCarthy/Kristine Stiles Cildo Meireles/Gerardo Mosquera Lucy Orta/Roberto Pinto Raymond Pettibon /Dennis Cooper; Richard Prince/Jeff Rian; Pipilotti Rist/Hans Ulrich Obrist; Doris Salcedo/Carlos Basualdo; Thomas Schutte/James Lingwood; Lorna Simpson/Thelma Golden; Nancy Spero/Jo Anna Isaak; Jessica Stockholder/Lynne Tillman; Wolfgang Tillmans/Peter Halley; Luc Tuymans/Juan Vicente Aliaga; Jeff Wall/Arielle Pelenc; Gillian Wearing/Donna De Salvo; Lawrence Weiner/Benjamin H. D. Buchloh; Franz West/Bice Curiger;

General Fields

  • : 9780714845333
  • : Phaidon
  • : Phaidon
  • : January 2006
  • : 245mm X 172mm X 48mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 709.049
  • : near fine
  • : 448
  • : 200 illustrations
  • : Phaidon
  • : Paperback