Celebrating the present and anticipating the future of contemporary art, Younger than Jesus: Artist Directory introduces over 500 of the best artists under 33 years of age from around the world. The book captures an imminent generational change in art, exploring how artists from the same age group can develop similar interests and express similar concerns across geographies and nationalities. Edited by Lauren Cornell, Massimiliano Gioni and Laura Hoptman. Published by PHAIDON.
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“The Younger Than Jesus: Artist Directory is a guidebook to the future of art. Working with a research team made up of more than 150 curators, teachers, critics, bloggers, and artists scattered across the globe, New Museum curators Massimiliano Gioni, Lauren Cornell and Laura Hoptman have selected over 500 of the best international artists under the age of 33. The publication represents the crucial research phase of New Museum’s 2009 Triennial, “Younger than Jesus.” While most generational surveys are retrospective, this one is predictive, anticipating the future and revealing upcoming trends. Younger than Jesus: Artist Directory is, therefore, an unparalleled resource for curators, collectors, dealers, critics – anyone interested in up-to-the-minute contemporary art. This thorough but accessible, lightweight, and affordable paperback is not so much a yearbook as a lavishly illustrated search engine, an invaluable tool for accessing the most vibrant and energetic art produced today. By serving as a handbook to current artistic innovation, it also appeals to artists, designers, and anyone curious about the latest developments in visual culture.”
– Phaidon Press, 2009