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As art collectors look further afield for the next big thing, the global art market is changing."Art Cities of the Future: 21st Century Avant-Gardes" profiles eight artists working in 12 cities around the world in a series of chapters written by curators and critics with an in-depth knowledge of the local scene.Aimed at collectors, art-market insiders and "beginners" seeking to come to grips with the world of contemporary art, each book profiled 100 artists selected by 10 curators, most based in historic art centers.Given the local environment's importance in the work of most selected artists – from Akram Zaatari's locally embedded video works to Kashmiri artist Inder Salam's politically charged performance art – it is perhaps unsurprising that many of the writers have chosen to ground the cities' artistic scenes in a sociopolitical context, something Rittenbach says was unintended.Those looking for comprehensive insight into how the art scene in each city functions may be disappointed.
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