Thames & Hudson To Publish ‘The Global Art Compass: New Directions in 21st-Century Art’ By Alistair Hicks on 10 March, 2014

The Global Art Compass: New Directions in 21st-Century Art

By Alistair Hicks

Publication Date: 10 March 2014

The global contemporary art scene is fast becoming a complex maze. With so many varied opinions on a wide range of art works, it can be troublesome trying to decipher the ever-evolving art scene of the 21st century.

In his highly original, wide ranging and abundantly illustrated book, Alistair Hicks, demonstrates his belief that no single curator, critic or dealer can or should monopolize our view of what is happening in the art world today. Instead he aims to show us how exciting and rewarding it is to steer our own way through the art world.

The Global Art Compass is an account of the author’s explorations in the contemporary art world and a manifesto for how we might all discover our own inner art compass. As a long-time art advisor and curator for Deutsche Bank, Alistair Hicks travels the world constantly in pursuit of art and has unparalleled access to the people, places and events that make up the global art scene.

The book has an easy-to-navigate continent-by-continent structure and includes numerous extracts from the author’s interviews with artists as diverse as Michaël Borremans (Belgium), Amy Cutler (USA), Sandra Gamarra (Peru), Nandan Ghiya (India), Cai Guo-Qiang (China), Lada Nakonechna (Russia), Roman Ondák (Slovakia), Gabriel Orozco (Mexico), Laure Prouvost (France), Anri Sala (Albania), Gavin Turk (UK) – among many others.

Over 150 illustrations of key artworks appear alongside Alistair’s engaging text, presenting art forms in every medium from painting, sculpture and photography to installation, performance and film. This is a vital book for artists, art lovers and art collectors everywhere and is a truly all- encompassing, lively and opinionated guide to the 21st century art world.



Alistair Hicks is Senior Curator at Deutsche Bank, where he advises on how to add to the company’s worldwide collection of 60,000 works of art. He was also a reviewer of art for The Times and Financial Times newspapers and for the Spectator and Vogue magazines, among others, and the author of New British Art in the Saatchi Collection (1989), The School of London: The Resurgence of Contemporary Painting (1989) and Art Works: British and German Contemporary Art, 1960–2000 (2001).


Publication Date: 10 March 2014

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