What inspires today's great artists and architects? How do they work? What are their influences? What work would they like to do? In this unique record of the contemporary art world, curator and impresario Hans Ulrich Obrist presents his ongoing conversations, conducted over many years, with nineteen of its most influential artists and architects -including David Hockney, Gilbert and George, Gerhard Richter and Louise Bourgeois. Inspired by Vasari's Renaissance work Lives of the Artists, this is the art history of our times.