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Louise Bourgeois was a prolific artist known for her highly personal body of work consisting of sculptures, installations, drawing and prints that deal with themes of memory, trauma, fear and hidden emotion. Bourgeois first received international acclaim in the 1990s, when the artist was in her eighties, for her ambitious series of Cells: small room-like sculptures containing arrangements of symbolic objects intended to elicit emotional and psychological responses in the viewer. Here, for the first time, her vast oeuvre is interwoven with a fascinating discussion of the full range of ideas, emotions and experiences that inspired the creation of her work. Renowned critic and curator Robert Storr, acknowledged as Bourgeois's leading interpreter, presents a chronological account of the artist's career, weaving in thematic discussions accompanied by sequential `portfolios' of the artist's work. An introduction outlining the artist's career is followed by chapters examining her childhood; Bourgeois's education, early career and emigration to the US; her mid-career `disappearance' and her gradual return to prominence during the 1980s; and her late career as high-profile celebrity artist, exhibiting across the world until her death in 2011. The final chapter examines Bourgeois's profound and ongoing artistic legacy.
This book is based on a revered collection, long ago considered lost, of three-hundred-year-old Tibetan thangkas: elaborate paintings that portray a philosophy of healing based on Buddhist beliefs, Ayurvedic practices and ancient shamanic traditions. Rendered by Tibet's foremost traditional artist, Romio Shrestha, using the age-old techniques of painting with rich materials such as gold and lapis lazuli, these breathtaking works reward the minutest contemplation. The Tibetan Art of Healing is also a practical guide to our search for physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. With insights into such 'contemporary' ailments as stress, allergies and heart disease, and chapters devoted to aspects of sexual alchemy, rejuvenation and Tantric yoga, this wide-ranging study is an unprecendented journey into health and transformation, an astonishing volume as timely and revolutionary as it is sumptuous and exuberant.
The definitive biography of one of the most famous and influential artists the world has ever seen A GUARDIAN, OBSERVER, AND DAZED MAGAZINE 'BOOK TO LOOK FORWARD TO' IN 2020 "Superb...Gopnik persuasively assembles his case over the course of this mesmerising book, which is as much art history and philosophy as it is biography" Kathryn Hughes, The Guardian When critics attacked Andy Warhol's Marilyn paintings as shallow, the Pop artist was happy to present himself as shallower still: He claimed that he silkscreened to avoid the hard work of painting, although he was actually a meticulous workaholic; in interviews he presented himself as a silly naif when in private he was the canniest of sophisticates. Blake Gopnik's definitive biography digs deep into the contradictions and radical genius that led Andy Warhol to revolutionise our cultural world. Based on years of archival research and on interviews with hundreds of Warhol's surviving friends, lovers and enemies, Warhol traces the artist's path from his origins as the impoverished son of Eastern European immigrants in 1930s Pittsburgh, through his early success as a commercial illustrator and his groundbreaking pivot into fine art, to the society portraiture and popular celebrity of the '70s and '80s, as he reflected and responded to the changing dynamics of commerce and culture. Warhol sought out all the most glamorous figures of his times - Susan Sontag, Mick Jagger, the Barons de Rothschild - despite being burdened with an almost crippling shyness. Behind the public glitter of the artist's Factory, with its superstars, drag queens and socialites, there was a man who lived with his mother for much of his life and guarded the privacy of his home. He overcame the vicious homophobia of his youth to become a symbol of gay achievement, while always seeking the pleasures of traditional romance and coupledom. (Warhol explodes the myth of his asexuality.) Filled with new insights into the artist's work and personality, Warhol asks: Was he a joke or a genius, a radical or a social climber? As Warhol himself would have answered: Yes.
Enter the surreal world of Yuko Higuchi, where cats resemble ogres and foxes become astronauts. This stunning collection of twenty-four artworks created by the cult Japanese illustrator is a must for lovers of all things fantastical and bizarre.
In the Autumn of 2015, the RISD Museum will present the first solo museum exhibition in the United States of the work of Scottish sculptor Martin Boyce. It will feature both existing works drawn from throughout Boyce's career as well as new work developed specifically for this presentation. The accompanying book will be the most significant monograph in almost a decade on the artist-who won Britain's coveted Turner Prize in 2011 and represented Scotland at the Venice Biennale in 2009-providing an overview of his career with an emphasis on work created in recent years. Boyce has established an international reputation by reconfiguring various elements of modernist art, architecture and design in sculpture and installations to suggest their complicated role in shaping the experience of contemporary life. While his practice has frequently been considered in relationship to specific historical and aesthetic precedents that he evokes and draws upon, this project will place a greater emphasis both on the narratives he develops within individual works as well as the process involved in creating them. This shift in focus will encourage important new scholarship on and insights into Boyce's work, making it an invaluable resource beyond the duration of the exhibition. The book follows recent monographs such as Donald Moffett: The Extravagant Vein (Contemporary Art Museum, Houston/SkiraRizzoli, 2011) and Amanda Ross-Ho (MoCA/Prestel, 2012) in providing substantive overviews of mid-career artists. The book will be defined visually by its unprecedented presentation of materials that inform Boyce's process, including production images, sketches, and other source material. These images as well as views from previous installations and photographs of individual works will be complemented by essays written by RISD Museum curator Dominic Molon, one or two additional writers, and a written or visual contribution by acclaimed British artist John Stezaker, whose use of found images in his collages bears a strong affinity to Boyce's use of materials.
Bring the unique vision of Christo and Jeanne-Claude to your wall with this set of 16 ready-to-frame prints, featuring historic highlights of their oeuvre, as well as photographs and sketches from Floating Piers.Included artworks: Wall of Oil Barrels, 1961-62 Wrapped Coast, 1968 Valley Curtain, 1970-72 Running Fence, 1972-76 Surrounded Islands, 1980-83 The Pont Neuf Wrapped, 1975-85 The Umbrellas, 1984-91 Wrapped Reichstag, 1971-95 Wrapped Trees, 1997-98 The Gates, 1979-2005 Over The River, 2012 The Mastaba, 2012 The Mastaba, 2014
Man Ray is one of seven new titles being published this spring in Thames & Hudson's acclaimed `Photofile' series. Each book brings together the best work of the world's greatest photographers in an attractive format and at an easily affordable price. Handsome and collectable, the books are printed to the highest standards. Each one contains some sixty full-page reproductions printed in superb duotone, together with a critical introduction and a full bibliography.
Published on the occasion of Bridget Riley's major exhibition at David Zwirner in London in the summer of 2014, this fully illustrated catalogue offers intimate explorations of paintings and works on paper produced by the legendary British artist over the past 50 years, focusing specifically on her recurrent use of the stripe motif. Riley has devoted her practice to actively engaging viewers through elementary shapes such as lines, circles, curves and squares, creating visual experiences that at times trigger optical sensations of vibration and movement. The London show, her most extensive presentation in the city since her 2003 retrospective at Tate Britain, explored the stunning visual variety she has managed to achieve working exclusively with stripes, manipulating the surfaces of her vibrant canvases through subtle changes in hue, weight, rhythm and density. As noted by Paul Moorhouse, `Throughout her development, Riley has drawn confirmation from Eugene Delacroix's observation that "the first merit of a painting is to be a feast for the eyes." [Her] most recent stripe paintings are a striking reaffirmation of that principle, exciting and entrancing the eye in equal measure.' Created in close collaboration with the artist, the publication's beautifully produced colour plates offer a selection of the iconic works from the exhibition. These include the artist's first stripe works in color from the 1960s, a series of vertical compositions from the 1980s that demonstrate her so-called `Egyptian' palette - a `narrow chromatic range that recalled natural phenomena' - and an array of her modestly scaled studies, executed with gouache on graph paper and rarely before seen. A range of texts about Riley's original and enduring practice grounds and contextualizes the images, while little-seen archival imagery shows Riley at work over the years.
Rene Magritte (1898-1967) was one of the most intriguing painters associated with Surrealism, but he did not fully find his voice until after breaking ties with the movement. This book, the first to look exclusively at Magritte's late career, examines his most important bodies of work from the 1940s through the 1960s, and shows how they marked a fundamental shift in painting from Modernism to our own time. Featuring more than sixty artworks, Rene Magritte: The Fifth Season explores how Magritte balanced irony and conviction, philosophy and fantasy, to illuminate the gaps between what we see and what we know. Subjects explored in this volume include the artist's Renoir period; the periode vache, with its Fauvist- and Expressionist-style paintings that are little known to American audiences; the `hypertrophy of objects' paintings, a series that plays with the scale of familiar objects; and the enigmatic Dominion of Light suite, paintings that suggest the simultaneous experience of day and night. Together, the works reveal Magritte as an artist acutely attuned to the paradoxes at work within reality, and an enduring champion of the role of mystery in life and art.
Patrick O?Brian?s outstanding biography of Picasso explores comprehensively the life of this awe-inspiring artist. Enormously productive and hugely successful, Picasso continues to attract avid, insatiable public interest. O?Brian was a close friend and a neighbour of Picasso?s, and the book reflects the closeness of their friendship and the immense erudition and warm wit of Patrick O?Brian.
In 2011, on a trip to South Africa for an exhibition, Gary Schneider began a series of handprint portraits of South African artists. Having grown up in South Africa, which he left in 1977 at the age of twenty-three, Schneider realised that this would not be an overview of South African art but rather a way to reconnect with a country that still has an enormous influence on his work. On several subsequent trips, he travelled widely to make handprint portraits in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Grahamstown and Durban. Included in the book are seventy-seven handprint portraits. Each imprint is a record as singular and individual as a fingerprint but, at the same time, free of all the usual markers of physical identity.
Cornelia Parker is one of the most thoughtful and profound artists working in Britain today. Exploring everything from ghosts and gravity to relics and the unconscious, she transforms everyday, ordinary objects into compelling works of art. Parker's projects - which have included blowing up a shed, steamrolling musical instruments, exploding a firework made from a pulverised meteorite, and suspending charcoal taken from a church struck by lightning - have captured the public imagination since she first came to prominence in the 1990s. This monograph, now available in paperback, traces the development of her art from the late 1970s to the present day. Organised chronologically to show the development of her thinking and practice, the book also features five thematic essays by curator and writer Iwona Blazwick. Over 175 works are illustrated, each accompanied by a commentary from the artist herself. The book features a preface by Yoko Ono and an introduction by Bruce Ferguson, which places Parker's work in context.
Pauline Bewick is an Irish artist, most associated with watercolours.
One of the founders of pop art, Roy Lichtenstein is best known for largescale renditions of comic-strip art, and for fusing comicbook techniques with `high art' in his appropriations of such artists as Picasso and Mondrian. His distinctive look - filled with brilliant colour, dots and stripes - is one of the most identifiable in all contemporary art. Here Lichtenstein's unique style celebrates the ABC, with results that are surprising, delightful and amusing. D is for a comically vicious growling Dog. H is a Horse that races by in dizzying blaze of dots and stripes. And A is for ART, Lichtenstein's first pop comic masterpiece, Look Mickey, now in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.
Lincoln Perry is justly celebrated for his murals and edgy narrative figure paintings, with their saturated palette and multifaceted architectural compositions--Poussin refracted through de Chirico. This beautiful new book showcases his images of Charlottesville, Virginia--many of them multipanel compositions featuring the University of Virginia and its environs--accompanied by an essay and interview by his wife, the writer Ann Beattie.
Perry's mural The Student's Progress, which depicts a woman's education and social experience from matriculation through graduation, is familiar to U.Va. students, faculty, and visitors, but Perry has been painting Charlottesville subjects on and off since 1985, when he first moved to town. From his early explorations of the complex relationships between professors and students, played out against the backdrop of Jefferson's Lawn, through his intriguing depictions of the city's domestic interiors, buildings, and streets, Perry illuminates a different side of a place widely appreciated for its history and natural beauty.
Charlottesville, writes Beattie, "both disturbs and calls to Perry] it's a paradoxically comfortable and uncomfortable not-quite-home he has been drawn to many times for reasons he can't easily articulate.... I think that Lincoln likes the town's quirkiness and its lack of uniformity. It's also a place that allows him to practice the x-ray vision so many visual people have for underpinnings: the contradictions that can be drawn upon and aesthetically dramatized.... The place sparks his imagination, and with his paintbrush, he sparks it, charging the air with a bit of unexpected--but very recognizable--light."
Together, Perry and Beattie give us a view of Charlottesville, of place and artistic production, that carries with it the warmth of recognition and the thrill of discovery.
Publication made possible by generous support from the W. L. Lyons Brown Jr. Charitable Foundation
A groundbreaking study of a remarkable artist, described by the New York Times as 'a figure ahead of her time'. The significance of Hannah Ryggen (1894-1970) as one of the most important figures in the history of Scandinavian art has only recently been recognized internationally. Beloved and renowned for her original contributions to modernist tapestry, Ryggen made radical political statements against Fascism and Nazism before and during the Second World War. Using primary sources, Ryggen expert Marit Paasche brings us a much fuller knowledge of the artist, weaving her life and work into a story that illuminates not only the artist herself, but also 20th-century art history in general. Hannah Ryggen's visually spellbinding tapestries, made on a homemade handloom in her small farm on the remote Norwegian coast, depict a wealth of subjects: Mussolini's Abyssinian campaign, her husband's internment in a Nazi camp in occupied Norway, the post-war growth of nuclear power, and media coverage of the Vietnam War. At once hard-hitting and humorous, her works combine personal candour, social and political engagement and visual majesty. Paasche explores both the artist's bold subject matter and particular balance of abstraction and figuration within the context of her life and beliefs. Including a comprehensive selection of works, this book provides an enthralling account of a remarkable, and unjustly overlooked, artist.
The illustrations of Brian Cook from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s have become iconic. His heightened use of colour, in a flat colour poster style, is much imitated, but never surpassed. His jacket covers for the Batsford series of books that celebrated British life are now very collectable. This collection of his best work is a beautiful publication that should be enjoyed not only by collectors but all lovers of good design and illustration. Brian Cook describes his working processes, the then-new printing process that allowed him to pioneer his characteristic bold colours, and the design principles and practical methods of his craft. A stunning book for designers.
This publication places the emphasis on the artist's work, rather on stylistic accordances or biographical details, giving a concise yet comprehensive overview of Picasso's work and style.
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