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The Big Picture: Contemporary Art in 10 Works by 10 Artists

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The New York Public Library: Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

Celeste Auditorium

476 Fifth Avenue

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On the occasion of the publication of the new book The Big Picture: Contemporary Art in 10 Works by 10 Artists, author Matthew Israel and influential museum curators and directors Nicholas Baume, Adrienne Edwards, and Jens Hoffman discuss contemporary art's relation to art history and examine the place of contemporary art in museums as well as the future projects and programming at each panelist’s institution. The discussion is moderated by Arezoo Moseni.

Written in an engaging, straight forward style by prominent art historian Matthew Israel, The Big Picture presents ten outstanding examples of contemporary art, each with significant historical or cultural relevance to contemporary art’s big picture. Drawn from the fields of photography, painting, performance, installation, video, film, and public art, the works featured here combine to create a bigger picture of the state of contemporary art today. From Andreas Gursky’s large-scale color photograph Rhine II to Kara Walker’s acclaimed installation in the Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, each work is carefully explored within the larger perspective of its social and artistic milieu. Articulate and insightful, The Big Picture offers readers the ability to consider each work in-depth, while also providing an easily digestible foundation from which to study the often challenging but continually fascinating world of 21st-century art.


Doors open at 6 PM.

Copies of The Big Picture: Contemporary Art in 10 Works by 10 Artists (Prestel, 2017) are available for purchase and signing at the end of the event.

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