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Fragment from cover of “Frozen Dreams: Contemporary Art From Russia”

7. “100 New Artists: Despite moments of clarity there is no “ism” in this book”

Although the proverb teaches us not to judge a book by its cover, there are exceptions to every rule. This is certainly one of them – the title is clearly an invitation for dialogue, while the content continues and reinforces this.

Francesca Gavin, curator and visual arts editor of cult magazine Dazed & Confused, took up the challenge of creating a catalogue of 100 promising artists of tomorrow, to be seen as an announcement to those dictating the art market in the future. Although artists from diverse global cities, systems of education and art movements are represented within the volume, they do share one characteristic – the future prospect of becoming the most highly demanded names and part of the artistic elite. A bold move!

The Northern region is represented in the catalogue by Nadine Byrne (Sweden), Gardar Eide Einarsson (Norwegian), Elín Hansdóttir (Iceland), BoChristian Larsson (Sweden), Sirra Sigrún Sigurdardóttir (Iceland), Yarisal and Kublitz (Denmark), while Ilya Trushevsky and Irina Korina represent Russia. Published by Laurence King

8. “Frozen Dreams: Contemporary Art From Russia”

The art market in Russia is moving on up, as evidenced by the increased desire of collectors in recent years to invest in the most promising artists of the region. Hossein Amirsadeghi’s book Frozen Dreams gives every reader the chance to follow the outcome of experts’ predictions, and see whether the new hopefuls are soon to take their places as global celebrities.

This is one of the first studies of Russian contemporary art in English, with its content developed by serious industry professionals (e.g. Joanna Vickery, head of the Russian department of London’s Sotheby’s) and noteworthy collectors and influential names in art (Roman Abramovich, Dasha Zhukova, Joseph Backstein, Shalva Breus, Olga Sviblova). The volume contains eight artist profiles, interviews and characteristic works of art from 1970 to today. 

In addition to fresh talents, the book also features well-known and popular artists such as AES+F, Boris Mikhailov and Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, simultaneously providing an unusually interesting portrayal of the diversity of Russian contemporary art, as well as an insight into its future. Published by Thames & Hudson

9. “Your Rainbow Panorama”

The catalogue of the newest work of art by renowned Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson includes the process of creation of the Your Rainbow Panorama project, installed on the roof of the Danish museum AroS Aerhus Kunstmuseum on 28 May 2011.

Weighing 260 tonnes (375 tonnes with additional supports) and located 50 meters above the ground, the installation makes it possible to view the city of Aarhus from a previously inaccessible perspective. The 150 m long panoramic walkway is made from layers of multi-coloured glass panels and combines elements of contemporary art, design and architecture.  Eliasson’s newest book reaffirms contemporary art’s ability to revitalize the urban environment, at the same providing a vivid insight into the artist’s creative process, making no secret of the challenges posed by such an ambitious project. >>