CHRISTIAN SAEHRENDT and STEEN T. KITTL
IST DAS KUNST ODER KANN DAS WEG?/
IS THAT ART OR CAN IT BE PUT AWAY?
ca. 260 pp., with 4/c illustrations, Spring 2016
sequel to the bestselling title “Das kann ich auch!”/ “I Can Do That Too” - (over 66.000 copies sold!)
“Fresh new insights into the art business. Absolutely worth reading, amusing, and informative.” Artinvestor on “Das kann ich auch!”
“One loves to read the mortifying and droll anecdotes, especially because they are about the love for art, actually.” Die Welt on “Das kann ich auch!”
“This entertaining squib on 250 pages about contemporary art wangles the delicate balancing act between information density and entertainment value wonderfully. We want to recommend this book warmly to those, who participate in the contemporary art world in any form, be it as a professional, be it as a mere observer: It can be extremely beneficial to laugh at oneself.” NDR on “Das kann ich auch!”
Art, Cliques and Commerce
Money makes the world go around, in particular the world of art. Extortionate sums are paid at auctions. The market is booming as never before. Good for art? We might think so, but the hype also has a dark side to it.
With “Is that Art or Can It Be Put Away?” Kittl/Saehrendt provide us with the follow-up to their bestseller “I Can Do That Too!” With their usual charming disrespect, they scrutinise the hysterical art scene and the obscure and unfathomable laws, tastes and decisions that govern it.
On the one hand, art is an event – be it the Documenta, the Biennial, Frieze London, or Art Basel – where the motive seems to be to consume as much art as possible. On the other hand, there is hardly any contemporary art in museums for the simple reason that new art is simply unaffordable.
The authors make an open plea for a rethink – to move away from the monetary value of art and rediscover the true value!
Christian Saehrendt studied art, art history and history. He has published with DuMont “Gefühlige Zeiten” (2015) and together with Steen Kittl “Das kann ich auch!”(2007, 2013), “Das sagt mir was!”(2008), „Geier am Grabe van Goghs” (2010) and “Du hast die Haare schön!”(2014).
Steen T. Kittl studied art, art history and cultural studies, and now works – apart from being an author - as an Art Director.
Rights to “Das kann ich auch” sold to:
Prophet Press (Taiwan), Yoldaerim (Korea); Robin Book (Spain), Shunjusha (Japan); Citic Press (Mainland China); Ayrinti Yayinlari (Turkey).