26 September 2010

Art manners with a laugh

The Pablo Helguera Manual of Contemporary Art Style/ Manual de Estilo del Arte Contemporáneo is a relatively old book, published 2005, but still very much up to date. It was the perfect book after reading Don Thomson's book: "The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art". With this last one I was at the border of crying and with Pablo Helguera's there are few moments without a laugh. But still the laugh comes from the cynism and irony that the art world is made of now days. It is often painful but mostly true.
The comparison of the art world to a chess game makes it very easy to understand for those that are not that near to the AW (art world) as he calls it.
In English and Spanish.
Pablo Helguera

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