n his highly original, wide-ranging and abundantly illustrated book, Alistair Hicks demonstrates his belief that no single curator, critic or dealer can or should monopolize our view of what is happening in the art world today. Instead, he aims to show us how exciting and rewarding it is to steer our own way through the art world. See the art, listen to the artist, trust your responses learn to navigate according to your own instincts. The Global Art Compass is an account of the authors explorations in the contemporary art world and a manifesto for how we might all discover our own inner art compass. The book has an easy-to-navigate continent-by-continent structure and includes numerous extracts from the authors interviews with artists as diverse as Laure Prouvost (France), Gavin Turk (UK), Anri Sala (Albania), Roman Ondák (Slovakia), Michaël Borremans (Belgium), Lada Nakonechna (Russia), Gabriel Orozco (Mexico), Amy Cutler (USA), Sandra Gamarra (Peru), Cai Guo-Qiang (China), Nandan Ghiya (India) among many others.
Alistair Hicks is Senior Curator at Deutsche Bank, where he advises on how to add to the company's worldwide collection of 60,000 works of art. He is also a reviewer of art for The Times and Financial Times newspapers and for the Spectator and Vogue magazines, among others. Hicks is the author of New British Art in the Saatchi Collection (1989), The School of London: The Resurgence of Contemporary Painting (1989) and Art Works: British and German Contemporary Art, 1960-2000 (2001).