Monday, June 28, 2010


"Creamier," the latest volume in Phaidon's acclaimed "Cream" series, takes the pulse and forecasts the future of contemporary art. The book's 100 featured artists are the culmination of a carefully selected panel's survey of the most important contributors to the art world over the last five years.

This year's jury includes Debra Singer, director and chief curator of The Kitchen; Catherine Wood, curator of contemporary art and performance at Tate Modern; Yukie Kamiya, chief curator of the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art; Tirdad Zolghadr, who oversaw the United Arab Emirates Pavilion at the 2009 Venice Biennale; Adam Szymczyk, director of Kunsthalle Basel; and Kitty Scott, director of visual arts at the Banff Centre.

"Everyone knows that our curatorial choices are always about more than the artwork," explains Zolghadr in the book. "But I did want to offer a gesture, or impose an artificial limit of some sort. At the very least, my criteria pushed me to think beyond my usual suspects."

"Creamier" showcases an enterprising cross-section of breakthrough artists. Shedding the weight of a coffee-table tome and packaged in a box, the newspaper-style format of "Creamier" makes for a lighter, pleasurably tactile reading experience. With its release slated for 14 July 2010, you can pre-order your copy online for $40.

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