"Contemporary art is a period of information disorder, a condition of perfect aesthetic entropy."
- Arthur Danto, "The End of Art", 1997
""What is contemporary art?" is (clearly) not the same question as "What is art?" The former basically asks us to define what is particularly "contemporary" about art - not, significantly enough, what is particularly artistic about it."
- Dieter Roelstraete, "What Is Not Contemporary Art? The View From Jena, eflux Journal, 2009
"...the artist is conceived less as an individual producer of discrete objects than as a collaborator and producer of situations; the work of art as a finite, portable, commodifiable product is preconceived as an ongoing or long term project with an unclear beginning and end; while the audience, previously conceived as a "viewer" or "beholder", is now positioned as a co-producer or participant."
- Claire Bishop, Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship, 2012
"Not only do they [contemporary art fairs] adjoin buyers and sellers of contemporary art goods and services, but they streamline the contemporary art experience into a tightly packaged event- a lifestyle- for the international business elite."
- Noah Horowitz, Director of the Americas for Art Basel in Miami Beach since 2015
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