Over the past quarter century, artists have made powerful interventions in debates around globalisation, addressing various dimensions of cross-border exchange, from mass migration to the dynamics of translation, and devising new ways of conceptualising them. Marcus Verhagen’s Flows and Counterflows: Globalisation in Contemporary Art tells the story of those interventions, dwelling in particular on projects that draw out both the dangers and the tangible or imaginable benefits of global exchange.
Marcus Verhagen has taught at universities in both Britain and the United States. Working occasionally on the 19th century but primarily on contemporary art, he has contributed to a number of catalogues and anthologies, as well as to periodicals such as Representations, New Left Review, Third Text and Afterall. He has written numerous articles and reviews for art magazines—for, among others, Art Monthly, Art Review, and Frieze. Much of his recent work revolves around globalization; he has, for instance, written articles on migration, translation and tourism as crucial concerns in contemporary art.