Art is w a globalized phemen, with artists from all corners of the world showing their works on an international stage as never before. How do we begin to understand the ensuing multitude of different directions in contemporary art? In Art Plural: Voices of Contemporary Art world-rewned art historian and writer Michael Peppiatt joins with Swiss gallerist Frederic de Senarclens of Art Plural Gallery, as well as over 25 leading contemporary artists, to share their thoughts on this diverse art scene. While Peppiatt frames their work in a historical context, the artists themselves reflect deeply on their influences, styles, techniques and messages through personal interviews in this lavishly illustrated book. The artists include: Armen Agop, Agathe de Bailliencourt, Ali Banisadr, Chun Kwang Young, Yves Dana, Adam Dant, Ian Davenport, Bernard Frize, Fu Lei, Li Tianbing, Adriana Molder, Nan Qi, Jedd Novatt, Sherman Ong, Dane Patterson, Qiu Jie, Imran Qureshi, Pablo Reiso, Doug and Mike Starn, Agus Suwage, Thukral & Tagra, Tian Taiquan, Gert and Uwe Tobias, Bernar Venet, Fabienne Verdier, Zhang Huan, and Zhang Xiaogang.
Michael Peppiatt has spent his professional life with many of the greatest artists of the 20th century. His close friendships and frequent studio visits with Dubuffet, Sonia Delaunay, Balthus, Henry Moore, Francis Bacon, Tapies, Claes Oldenburg, Brassai and Cartier-Bresson, among others, have produced an extraordinary range of revealing interviews which combine to give a unique perspective on art from the Second World War to the present day. He began his career as an art critic in London and Paris in the 1960s and eventually became editor and publisher of Art International magazine. In addition to curating numerous exhibitions worldwide he is the author of many publications. He is currently curating a Miro exhibition for Germany and writing the first of several memoirs.