Pronounced Ahrt (who decides?)

Across the Atlantic, the Venice Biennale is just underway and Art Basel just closed (yesterday). We may not get the prestigious art exhibitions here in our northern settlement of Canada but at least Phaidon publishers have given us Creamier, a portfolio catalogue of 100 emerging artists curated by 10 prominent international curators. It's the international contemporary art exhibition you can hold in your hands. Creamier is the latest in Phaidon's Cream series, following the award-winning Cream (1998), Fresh Cream (2000), Cream 3 (2003), and Ice Cream (2007). 100 artists, chosen by 10 curators, each artist is presented in a full-colour image spread with newly commissioned writing by the curator who selected the artist. Pictured below, unwrapping Creamier:

If that wasn't enough contemporary art for you, check out the Whitechapel MIT Press Documents of Contemporary Art series. Each book takes a theme from contemporary art and visual culture and collects written and visual documents on that theme. For instance, the book on the sublime surveys artists Marina Abramovic, Joseph Beuys, Barnett Newman, and Gerhard Richter and collects writings by John Berger, Luce Irigaray, and Slavoj Zizek.

Beauty, Participation, The Sublime, The Archive, Situation, Chance, The Gothic, Design and Art, The Artist's Joke, Painting, Sound, Utopias—gotta catch 'em all!

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