Media – Art – History defines the position of multimedia art now. The catalogue section shows how mass media and new technologies have influenced art during the 19th and 20th centuries. Descriptions and interpretations of the works – supplemented by a CD-ROM – throw light on these new developments, ranging from the visions borne out by early Modernist artists, and the art forms in the 60s, to the present day.

A Short History of Video Art is a compilation of the fundamental contributions of artists from diverse cultural backgrounds involved in the developments of Dutch video art. This publication gives an account of works produced during the last 30 years by 30 artists living and working in the Netherlands. It includes work, among others, from Marina Abramovic & Ulay, Nasrin Tabatabai, Madelon Hooykaas & Elsa Stansfield, Yael Davids, Alicia Frames, Barbara Bloom, Daniel Brun, Tiong Ang, Babak Afrassiabi, Jeffrey Shaw, Debra Solomon and Lawrence Wiener. The publication catalogues the exhibition ‘A Short History of Video Art’, which was curated by Sebastián López and organized by the Gate Foundation in Amsterdam, and has already been shown in 7 museums around the world. With its 224 pages, this publication is bilingual (English and Spanish) and contains 340 colour illustrations and descriptions of the works as well as comprehensive videographies, thereby providing the most complete overview of the artist’s achievements. This publication also includes an essay by Sebastián López, reflecting on Dutch artistic and cultural dynamics around the new medium of video introduced in the 1970s.

Catalog accompanying the exhibition Freeze, curated by Damien Hirst (who was then still a student at Goldsmiths College), which was on view in the London Docklands in July 1988. This small exhibition is credited with launching the Young British Artists phenomena; Nicolas Serota visited and collector Charles Saatchi came to the show and bought a piece by Mat Collishaw—the first YBA piece in his soon-to-be vast holdings of works by Hirst, et al. Exhibited artists included: Collishaw, Hirst, Gary Hume, Sarah Lucas, Simon Patterson, Fiona Rae, etc.

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