A handsome, affordable introduction to the modernist polymath who charted the rhythms of color across textiles, illustration, painting and more.
Sonia Delaunay was a true pioneer of modernist abstraction; breaking with the figurative vocabulary that subordinated color to subject matter, she placed dynamic color interaction at the core of her vision, whether expressed through painting, book illustration or costume and textile design. Drawing inspiration from both traditional Russian crafts and the modern frenetic metropolis, Delaunay's work reflects the drastic changes ushered in by industrialization. Through her polyvalent practice, Delaunay helped construct the new modern woman that she herself embodied: equal parts avant-gardist, creative entrepreneur and businesswoman.
This richly illustrated catalog showcases the range of Delaunay's work as it unfolded over 60 years, from abstract paintings and works on paper to textile design, garments, fashion photography, books and carpets--even a brightly colored sports car.
Born in Odessa, Ukraine, Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979) migrated to Paris in 1906 and became a key figure in the city's avant-garde scene. During these early years, her paintings underwent a formal shift influenced by the vivid colors of Fauvism. She soon met her husband, fellow artist Robert Delaunay, and the couple pioneered a fusion of Cubism and Neo-Impressionism that they termed Simultanism, which denotes abstract painting that uses color in a manner comparable to the use of sound and rhythm in music. In 1964, Delaunay became the first living woman artist to have a retrospective at the Louvre.
A visual feast of flowers, abstractions, cityscapes and landscapes from American modernism's most iconic painter Offering a complete survey of Georgia O'Keeffe's illustrious career, this magnificent new book ranges from the works produced between 1910 and 1920 that made her a pioneer of abstraction to her celebrated flower paintings and views of New York, which led to her recognition as one of the key figures in modern American art, and culminating with her paintings of New Mexico.
The selection of color plates is accompanied by quotes from O'Keeffe on her art and additional photographic material pertaining to the paintings. The sense of reverence for the world and its forms emerges vividly through O'Keeffe's words. "The unexplainable thing in nature that makes me feel the world is big far beyond my understanding--to understand maybe by trying to put it into form," she writes. "To find the feeling of infinity on the horizon line or just over the next hill." Also featured are a biography and texts by contributing curators from the venues to which the show travels, by scholars at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe and by acclaimed French art writer Catherine Millet.
Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986) began her art training at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League of New York. She moved to New York in 1918, and in 1924 married Alfred Stieglitz. From 1929, O'Keeffe began spending part of the year in the Southwest, which served as inspiration for her paintings of New Mexico landscapes. After Stieglitz's death, she lived permanently in New Mexico, in Abiquiú, later moving to Santa Fe.
Contributeurs: Anna Hiddleston-Galloni, Dale Kronkright, Andres Sanchez Ledesma, Marta Palao, Susana Perez, Ubaldo Sedano.
Accompanying the artist's first major US overview in 15 years, this volume celebrates over four decades of Wall's uncanny everyday dramas.
Vancouver-based artist Jeff Wall (born 1946) has been making arresting, conceptually and politically complex pictures for over four decades. Using large-format photography that embraces both the deliberateness of painting and the immediacy of the moving image, he is known for immersive, sharply detailed scenes featuring figures enacting everyday dramas. Departing from the convention of street photography and its aspirations of authenticity, Wall instead favors the artificial and the cinematic; he meticulously plans and constructs his pictures, scouting locations, casting actors as subjects and organizing the shoots with the rigor of a movie production.
Jeff Wall accompanies the artist's monographic exhibition at Glenstone, a survey of works made between 1978 and 2018. It is also his largest exhibition in the US since his widely acclaimed 2007 midcareer survey at the Museum of Modern Art. Comprising nearly 30 artworks, the catalog appraises the full range of the artist's pioneering oeuvre, from early pictures displayed in backlit lightboxes and black-and-white silver gelatin prints to more recent large-scale inkjet color prints. Jeff Wall also features an introduction by Glenstone cofounder and director Emily Wei Rales and an essay by art critic and poet Barry Schwabsky.
Justice and rebirth: a visual chronicle of the artist who fused Afro-Cuban visual culture with European modernism.
This chronological survey traces the Cuban painter and sculptor Wifredo Lam's (1902-82) career from the late 1930s to the '70s, spotlighting the radically syncretic visual language he developed in response to modernism's Eurocentricity. Born to a Chinese father and Congolese Iberian mother, Lam placed heritage centrally in his work. Early in his career, he associated with major figures such as Picasso, Matisse and Braque, and he was struck by their integration of African iconography. Although he greatly respected these European artists, the dissonance between their aesthetic choices and cultural experience was not lost on him--especially given the racism and exploitation that characterized Cuban society under the US-backed dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista. Lam spent the rest of his career endeavoring to decolonize modernist art. From his early Surrealist works to his later preference for geometric abstraction, African sculpture and the Afro-Caribbean diaspora consistently informed his practice.
Published for an exhibition at Pace, The Imagination at Work includes paintings, works on paper and rarely seen bronze sculptures, as well as a biography of Lam's life and career by the Latin American art scholar and curator Michaëla de Lacaze Mohrmann, who made curatorial contributions to the gallery's exhibition. Essays by scholars Alexander Alberro, Kaira Cabañas, Samantha A. Noël and Alexandra Chang also feature.
Luc Tuymans: La Pelle documents the most ambitious monographic exhibition of the work of Luc Tuymans (born 1958). The Pinault Collection at Palazzo Grassi has in the past mounted exhibitions of the work of Sigmar Polke, Damien Hirst and Urs Fischer in its elegant interiors along the Grand Canal in Venice. It was thus the appropriate venue for this survey of Luc Tuymans' work. Quiet, restrained and at times unsettling, his works engage with questions of history and its representation and with everyday subject matter in an unfamiliar and eerie light. Painted from preexisting imagery, they often appear slightly out-of-focus and sparsely colored, like third-degree abstractions from reality. Whereas earlier works were based on magazine pictures, drawings, television footage and Polaroids, recent source images include material accessed online and the artist's own iPhone photos, printed out and sometimes rephotographed several times.
Yoshitomo Nara: Drawings focuses on the internationally acclaimed Japanese artist's prolific drawing output of the past 30 years. Rendered in colored pencil and acrylic, Nara's drawings are executed on a variety of paper types, such as found envelopes, stationery and inexpensive lined sheets, and deftly fuse Japanese visual traditions such as manga and anime with Western modernism and elements of American pop culture. The artist's ever-increasing cast of childlike, vulnerable but sinister characters has won him a devoted following around the world. With an abundance of color plates, Yoshitomo Nara: Drawings includes reproductions of early works never publicly exhibited and omitted from the artist's catalogue raisonné, as well as an essay by Masue Kato. The volume is published in conjunction with a large-scale exhibition of Nara's paintings, drawings and sculptures at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, in Spring 2014.
Yoshitomo Nara was born in 1959, in Aomori, Japan. He is one of the leading artists of Japan's Neo Pop movement. His drawings and paintings are informed by a range of influences, from manga and anime to punk rock. He has also worked in sculpture, ceramic and large-scale installation. In the fall of 2010, the Asia Society in New York presented the first major New York exhibition of his work.
A leading scholar of the Russian avant-garde reevaluates its most iconic artist Kazimir Malewicz (Malevich; 1879-1935) is undoubtedly one of the most significant artists of the 20th century, famed for his Suprematist works such as the so-called "Black Square" and White on White. Incredibly, his art only received its due in the West in the late 1950s; three more decades passed before it could be accessible to the Russian public. In this critical study, Andrei Nakov dissembles some foundational myths about the artist's ethnic background, such as his Polish origins (hence the rendering of the artist's name here as "Malewicz"), his affinity for the religious iconography of Russia and his place in modern European art. The artist's concept of Suprematist forms is central to Nakov's study, which interrogates certain anti-modernist visual and cultural prejudices.
Andrei Nakov (born 1941) has published numerous theoretical studies, monographs and exhibition catalogs on the Russian avant-garde, Futurism, Dada, Constructivism, contemporary art and European abstract art.
Presenting Kehinde Wiley's hotly anticipated response to a legendary Gainsborough portrait.
This volume presents A Portrait of a Young Gentleman, a new portrait by Kehinde Wiley (born 1977), commissioned to mark the centennial of the acquisition of Blue Boy by Henry and Arabella Huntington. The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens places Wiley's painting in conversation with Thomas Gainsborough's 18th-century masterpiece. A deep connection exists between the museum's most famous painting and the artist who is known for creating one of the most beloved presidential portraits of our time. A native of Los Angeles, Wiley has often spoken about his childhood visits to the Huntington's British portrait gallery and how they inspired him to become an artist.
Richly illustrated with portraits by Wiley and by 18th-century masters such as Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Hudson, this book offers insight into the evolving history of portraiture and the representation of power. An essay by Malik Gaines, Associate Professor of Performance Studies at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, investigates Wiley's postmodern strategy of inserting Black subjects into canonical European settings. An essay by fashion historian Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell situates Wiley's work within the traditions and trappings of 18th-century grand manner portraiture.
A beautiful appraisal of the Renaissance sculptor's achievements, contextualized with works by his contemporaries.
The first thorough overview of the artist in many years, Donatello: The Renaissance reconstructs the outstanding career of one of the greatest sculptors in Western art. Famed for his incredibly sensual sculpture of David--the first freestanding nude male sculpture since antiquity--Donatello (c. 1386-1466) also made reliefs, but was best known for statues in the round.
Accompanying a truly historic exhibition at the Palazzo Strozzi and Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence, and featuring a wealth of color plates of the artist's key works, this volume also contextualizes Donatello's innovations by juxtaposing them with masterpieces by other Renaissance masters such as Brunelleschi, Masaccio, Andrea Mantegna, Giovanni Bellini, Raphael and Michelangelo. These revelatory, expert juxtapositions help define Donatello's style: for example, comparison of his Madonna col Bambino relief with Giovanni di Pietro da Pisa's Madonna col Bambino shows how Donatello eschewed decorative gestures (such as putti, garlands and vases) in favor of a more vital simplification of form.
Over the course of his brief career, Matthew Wong was celebrated for his paintings evoking diverse historical references ranging from Chinese scroll painting to Van Gogh and Vuillard. His colorful, dappled vignettes of imaginary landscapes and half-remembered interiors have the uncanny ability to, in his words, activate nostalgia, both personal and collective.This first museum publication features more than 60 of Wong's deeply evocative blue paintings, of intimate interior scenes and luscious nocturnal landscapes, from his Blue Series made between 2017 and 2019.Wong's Blue Series paintings are notable for their saturated and richly varied blue palette and pervasive sense of melancholy, enhanced by solitary figures. The striking compositions reflect Wong's technique of flattening the depth of space between the foreground and background with deft combinations of wet and dry brushwork. From monumental oils on canvas to smaller gouache and watercolor paintings, this body of work reveals Wong's intimate and intense meditations on blue that is, as essayist Nancy Spector writes, as much a mood as it is a color.With an introduction by Julian Cox, essays by Spector and Winnie Wong, and a chronology, this publication brings together scholarly voices to provide fresh insight and perspective on Wong's work and his short-lived but exceptionally brilliant career.Matthew Wong (1984-2019) was a self-taught Canadian artist, who held his first US solo exhibition at Karma in March 2018, garnering reviews in the New York Times and the New Yorker, among others. His work is in the collections of the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Présentant notamment de nombreuses peintures et gravures inédites, cet ouvrage constitue la première monographie générale et complète consacrée à l'artiste brésilienne. Entre abstraction et figuration, entre sculpture, gravure, collages, textiles, reliure et peinture, on y retrouve toutes les grandes lignes qui animent sont travail.
Ce volume richement illustré accompagne une exposition à Toronto puis Washington. Il réexamine la célèbre période bleue de Pablo Picasso (1901-04) en peintures, oeuvres sur papier et sculpture. S'appuyant sur de nouvelles informations glanées à partir d'études techniques réalisées sur Le Tub (1901), La Miséreuse accroupie (1902) et La Soupe (1903), ce volume multidisciplinaire allie histoire de l'art et avancée scientifique de la conservation afin de montrer comment le jeune Picasso a façonné un style distinct et une identité artistique prononcée en adaptant les leçons artistiques du Paris de la fin de siècle au climat social et politique d'une Barcelone en difficulté économique.
Influential Los Angeles- and New York-based artist Marcia Hafif (1929-2018) is renowned as a painter of canvases that suggest both minimalism and process art. Highlighting the more personal and intimate side of her drawing practice, this book is the first to examine her paintings within a context of many previously unseen sketches, architectural models, photographs and texts that investigate lived spaces, drawing forms and site-specificity. By presenting Hafif's lesser-known oeuvre alongside her painting, this book demonstrates the range of innovative experiments in art-making that Hafif has explored for over five decades. Marcia Hafif: A Place Apart includes rarely seen drawings and photographs as well as text excerpts from Hafif's forthcoming novel.
In her exhibition at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, Bosnian-born artist Maja Ruznic (born 1983) presents out-of-focus, ghostly figures that express the nostalgia and trauma of her war-torn upbringing. Her ritualistic paintings are gathered here.
A 10-year survey of the bright, graffiti-inspired abstractions of Keltie Ferris.
This long-awaited publication is the first major monograph and career retrospective for the celebrated Kentucky-born, Brooklyn-based painter Keltie Ferris (born 1977). Known for his large-scale, energetic, brightly chromatic abstract canvases layered with spray paint and hand-painted geometric fields, Ferris makes staunchly analog paintings that draw inspiration from a range of subjects, from the broken-up pixelation of digital images and rubbed-out graffiti on New York streets to the glimmering city lights visible from his Brooklyn studio at night. He has commented that "bedazzled energy and bright artificial light" are prevalent inspirations for his compositional sensibility, which joyfully deploy "painting's full arsenal." This catalog explores the past 10 years of Ferris' career, examining his style and technique in a beautifully bound and visually stimulating volume
Art writing, theory, poetry and more from a leading champion of "painting as a poetic act" This unprecedented collection compiles the writings of artist and poet Jesse Murry (1948-93), an extraordinary thinker who believed in the capacity of painting to hold the complexity of human meaning. Painting Is a Supreme Fiction brings together Murry's published art criticism with previously unpublished philosophical writing and poetry from 1980 to his tragic death from AIDS-related illness at the age of 44. The result is a portrait of an original mind who sought to unite the histories of Romantic landscape painting with the realities of Black experience through "a belief in the restorative and creative powers of the imagination." No artist before occupied the exact intersections Murry created through his work, which aimed to reclaim "painting as a poetic act" amid the "death of painting" discourse of the 1980s. In addition to Murry's writings, this volume also includes reproductions of selected paintings; excerpts from a a pair of panel discussions on art criticism and expressionism that took place in 1980; as well as transcriptions of two of the artist's notebooks, in which the spatialization of the words across the page approaches the condition of thought. Painting Is a Supreme Fiction presents Jesse Murry in his own words, offering intimate access to this remarkable figure.
Susan Rothenberg's (1945-2020) iconic horse paintings of the 1970s brought her much acclaim as a young painter and offered the artist an apt vehicle for her expressive gesture and keen understanding of the picture plane. This pivotal series remains the work for which Rothenberg is best known, and this in-depth volume offers readers the opportunity to explore these works alongside a foreword by artist Joan Jonas, an interview with artist Mary Heilmann and an essay by curator and scholar Michael Auping.As critic Hilton Kramer famously wrote of her work in Artforum in 1977, Rothenberg ... has combined the elements of Degas' horses with Barnett Newman's vertical 'zips.' Which is an interesting combination of elements, to say the least. But it is in the quality of the painting itself that this artist makes her deepest impression. It was on the basis of these works that Rothenberg was featured in the seminal New Image Painting exhibition of 1974.
This volume introduces the work of American painter Janiva Ellis, who participated in the New Museum Triennial 2018 and the Whitney Biennial 2019. Featuring a suite of new paintings created over the past year, Rats is published on the occasion of the first solo museum exhibition for Ellis, whose paintings use formal themes of speed and transformation to explore fractured states of personal and cultural perception. Her works produce abundant imagery, invented as well as appropriated. She draws from a broad array of material, including art history and pop culture, to comment on the insidious nature of white supremacist mythology and its denial of itself as a brutal social and structural force. The humor in her work aims to create space for release as well as renewal. Ellis uses figuration to paint Blackness expansively, communicating the complexity of navigating such a lopsided and violent landscape.
Thomas Nozkowski's final adventures in intimate abstraction.
With a new text by Marc Mayer, this exhibition catalog honors the life and work of New York-based painter Thomas Nozkowski (1944-2019), featuring the artist's final works.
The 15 paintings featured here continue Nozkowski's use of rich color and his abstract visual language that related to personal memories or experiences of the world.
Mayer recounts his own personal experiences with the work and details Nozkowski's approach to pictorial abstraction, one that involved the nuances of feeling rather than confident identification to achieve his oeuvre, or what the writer calls "a record of creative thought." The catalog also includes remembrances of the artist written by Peter Schjeldahl, Catherine Murphy, Jennifer Gross, Joseph Masheck, Robert Storr, Karen Wilkin, and Martin Puryear. An illustrated chronology of Nozkowski's life and career includes personal photographs and drawings.
Exploring the convergence of art and science in the map renderings of one of the world's most beloved artists.
Marcel Proust declared View of Delft by Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) "the most beautiful painting in the world." Indeed, viewers have been captivated by Vermeer's extraordinary art since the 19th-century rediscovery of the Dutch painter. Maps, an intricate fusion of art and science, held an important and multifaceted place in the Netherlands in the 17th century and were of particular interest to Vermeer. Of the approximately 34 paintings attributed to the Delft-based artist, wall maps and other cartographic objects are depicted in nine of them, including the renowned Officer and Laughing Girl and his masterpiece, The Art of Painting. With stunning reproductions and incisive text, this book is the most comprehensive study of the artist's depiction of wall maps to date. Drawing on rare surviving examples of the maps and other primary sources, author Rozemarijn Landsman examines this intriguing aspect of Vermeer's work, greatly enriching and expanding our understanding of the art and life of the "Sphinx of Delft."
Fifty years of Mary Obering's deft blend of Old Master techniques and Minimalist principles.
A historical overview of New York-based painter Mary Obering (born 1937) from 1972 to 2012, this volume explores the artist's geometric abstraction that draws on Renaissance techniques. Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1937, Obering studied experimental psychology at Hollins College and Harvard University before pursuing an MFA at the University of Denver. The artist moved to SoHo in the early 1970s, where she was quickly included in exhibitions such as a 1973 Carl Andre-curated exhibition at Artists Space and the second ever Whitney Biennial in 1975. This publication celebrates nearly a half century of the artist's career, featuring the distinct series within her oeuvre. It highlights developments in Obering's practice with materials, methods and inspirations ranging from Italian Old Masters to her studies of science. Mary Obering includes essays from curator Lynn Zelevansky and writer Matthew Levy, as well as installation documentation and photography of the artist's studio.
In Quarles' paintings, limbs, torsos and faces collide and merge with familiar domestic objects made strange through color and gesture Los Angeles-based artist Christina Quarles (born 1985) paints bodies that are subjected not only to the weight and gravity of the physical world but also to the pleasures and pressures of the social realm. Her work explores the universal experience of existing within a body, as well as the ways race, gender and sexuality intersect to form complex identities. Quarles, whose art is often considered in relation to her identity as a queer, cisgender woman of mixed race, is among the vanguard of artists who are upending the white-male-dominated art scene. This book features paintings and drawings from throughout Quarles' career. Working mostly in acrylic, Quarles populates her canvases with polymorphous figures that reference her background in life drawing, but with an expressionist spin all her own. Her figures' disconnected arms and legs break through a surface punctuated with bold patterns, textures and staccato markings.
Indian artist Prabhavathi Meppayil (born 1965) makes wall-mounted panels and sculptural installations containing subtle gestures that heighten the inherent qualities of her materials and tools. The artist?s integration of craft-based labor and process-based art positions her work in unique dialogue with a complex history of material and artistic production, invoking artisanal legacies, affinities with Indian culture, and Minimalist and Postminimalist concepts. This book explores the past six years of Meppayil?s output and echoes the subtle qualities of her work through its considered typography and design. Semitransparent and colored pages are inserted between sections to define the different exhibitions but also as another layer of materiality and counterpoise to the works. The layout of the inside pages balances the works and texts within a modernist grid, using the proportions of the page to create harmony and breathing room around the works.
Cézanne: Landscape into Art, which reprises and expands the classic 1996 publication by Yale University Press, does precisely this. In this highly praised study, the scholar Pavel Machotka juxtaposes photographs of the sites of Cézanne's landscape paintings--whenever possible, from the same angle and at the same time of day that the artist painted the scenes--with reproductions of the relevant paintings, offering a uniquely practical analysis of the ways in which Cézanne transformed reality into art. Since the original publication of this volume, new sites have been discovered--the result of scrutinizing collections of contemporaneous photographs and land registry records. These discoveries have added considerably to our knowledge of Cézanne's movements and have even helped to date his paintings more precisely. The new photographs, which range from postcards from the artist's time or the author's own color photographs, allow for a richer and better informed consideration of Cézanne's oeuvre. In light of those discoveries, Machotka has rewritten the previous edition to offer a fresh, rich view of Cézanne's artistic aims and accomplishments.