Liquid Antiquity is neither an academic textbook nor an art book, but a unique platform that explores the intersection between contemporary art and antiquity in a fluid stream of images, ideas, and voices.
An experiment challenging our petrifying idea of classicism, this publication radically breaks the traditional notion of temporality with a visual essay spanning more than twenty-five hundred years of art history that is set in an open-ended dialogue with a series of critical texts, and interviews with contemporary artists.
Liquid Antiquity explores the possibility of reinventing classicism and argues for its enduring influence on contemporary art. With a series of 27 lexemes that critically rethink the traditional language of classicism, written by prominent critics and scholars.
Featuring 10 interviews with: Matthew Barney, Paul Chan, Haris Epaminonda, Urs Fischer, Jeff Koons, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Charles Ray, Asad Raza, Kaari Upson, and Adrián Villar Rojas.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition, Liquid Antiquity, 4 Apr – 17 Sep 2017, DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens.