The book Icelandic Art Today was released by the Hatje Cantz publishing house in Germany this week. It is a collaboration between the Center for Icelandic Art (CIA) and the National Gallery of Iceland.
Icelandic Art Today is the first book of its kind in English, covering a broad group of Icelandic contemporary artists born after 1950. Thirteen well-known authors of different nationalities cooperated on writing the book.
The book is 340-page long and contains informative texts about each of the 50 artists and images of their artwork, in addition to a long prologue on contemporary art in Iceland, which origins can be traced back to the late 1950s and the early 1960s.
Despite its relations to international art trends, Icelandic art has followed its own principles, which aren’t easy to decode, a CIA press release states. Overall, Icelandic contemporary art doesn’t place too much stock in tradition.
For further information, visit the CIA’s website.