Artists Remake the World – 50 Years in 50 Books

Artists Remake the World introduces readers to the political ambitions of contemporary art in the early twenty-first century and puts forward a new, wide-ranging account of art’s political potential. Surveying such innovations as evidence-driven art, socially engaged art and ecological art, the book explores how artists have attempted to offer bold solutions to the world’s problems.

As part of the 50 Years in 50 Books series for our 50th Anniversary, we’re sharing an extract from the book in which Vid Simoniti considers the complexities of political art and discusses how and when art became politicised.


Read the extract from Artists Remake the World: A Contemporary Art Manifesto


About the Author:

Vid Simoniti is a philosophy lecturer at the University of Liverpool, previously a junior research fellow at the University of Cambridge. He is a BBC New Generation Thinker 2021 and a co-chair of a fully-funded four-year conference programme at the Jeffrey Rubinoff Sculpture Park Foundation.


About the book:

Artists Remake the World: A Contemporary Art Manifesto
Vid Simoniti

An original and provocative exploration of the relationship between contemporary art, politics, and activism.

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Further reading:

Yale University Press is celebrating 50 years of publishing in London. To celebrate, we have selected 50 important Yale London books from our past, present and future to tell the story of our publishing through a series of articles and extracts.

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