For popular British artist Howard Hodgkin (b.1932), India has been a source of inspiration since he first visited the country in 1964. Although Hodgkin's collection of Indian art has been featured in various publications, this will be the first to explore the influence of India on his work. The first of Hodgkin’s paintings inspired by India, Indian Subject (Blue), 1965-1969, was also the first of his paintings to be painted on wood, rather than canvas. It began a long exploration of paint surface and support that has become a key characteristic of his practice. The book's illustrative journey begins with early works of the 1960s and includes paintings from throughout Hodgkin’s career including his most recent. Featuring unpublished archival material, newly commissioned essays and an interview with the artist, this unique publication sheds light on an important strand of Hodgkin's oeuvre and provides valuable insights into his work in general.
Hodgkin's art can be seen as providing memorials for people, many of whom are friends, whose absence is countered by th e corresponding physical presence of particular paintings. Descriptive elements visible in his earlier portraits from the 1950s are subsumed within paintings that have, over the course of more than fifty years, become more psychologically charged, but no l ess connected with evoking specific individuals in particular situations. This book, like the exhibition it accompanies, surveys the development of Hodgkin's portraiture from its beginnings in 1949 to the present, including new paintings. Comprising key works from a range of international public and private collections, it traces the evolution of the artist's visual language and his engagement with a range of friends and others within the artist's circle. Exhibition curator Paul Moorhouse provides a compe lling introduction to Hodgkin's portraits, his subjects, working methods, the role of memory, and his distinctive approach to representing people. Peter Blake, Stephen Buckley, Patrick Caulfield, David Hockney, Philip King, R . B . Kitaj and Richard Smith are among the many leading artists portrayed, so that the British art world emerges as the wider subject of Hodgkin's art. The book also contains a fully illustrated chronology and commentaries on individual work
Howard Hodgkin has been a passionate collector of Indian paintings since his schooldays, and his collection has long been considered one of the finest of its kind in the world. At times he has devoted as much effort to developing his collection as to his
Mark Rothko's iconic paintings are some of the most profound works of twentieth-century Abstract Expressionism. This collection presents fifty large-scale artworks from the American master's color field period (1949–1970) alongside essays by Rothko's son, Christopher Rothko, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art curator of painting and sculpture Janet Bishop. Featuring illuminating details about Rothko's life, influences, and legacy, and brimming with the emotional power and expressive color of his groundbreaking canvases, this essential ebook brings the renowned artist's luminous work to light for both longtime Rothko fans and those discovering his work for the very first time.
This first volume in a catalogue raisonn� of Tuymans's paintings surveys nearly 200 works from the vital early years of his career Credited with a key role in the revival of painting in the 1990s, Belgian artist Luc Tuymans (b. 1958) continues to produce subtle, and at times unsettling, works that engage with history, technology, and everyday life. This first volume in a catalogue raisonn� of Tuymans's paintings surveys nearly 200 works that were vital to his artistic development. The years 1972 to 1994 witnessed the maturation of his signature method of painting from preexisting imagery--such as magazine images, Polaroids, and television footage--as well as his first solo exhibition. Also dating from this period are many of his seminal canvases, along with ten poignant portraits of the ailing human body and the enigmatic series Superstition that comprised his first works exhibited in the United States. The catalogue features an introductory essay by Eva Meyer-Hermann and an illustrated chronology with archival images and installation shots of the works in this volume. It also includes brilliant new photography of each of the paintings. This publication is a testament to Tuymans's persistent assertion of the relevance and importance of painting--a conviction that he maintains even in today's digital world, when his work continues to be a touchstone for artists and scholars.
Lee Miller (1907-1977) moved to London in the late 1930s, just as a rich strand of Surrealist practice was burgeoning in Britain. Miller was central to its development and prolonged life after World War II, exhibiting alongside British Surrealists such as Eileen Agar and Henry Moore in often overlooked London exhibitions. This book is the first to present Lee Miller's photographs of, and collaborations with key British Surrealists alongside their artworks, to tell the story of this exciting cultural moment. Miller's photographs of noted continental Surrealists such as Max Ernst and E.L.T Mesens, taken while they were working and exhibiting in Britain, also feature alongside their works, documenting their enduring friendships with Miller and her husband, the artist Roland Penrose. Miller's interdisciplinary photographic practice acted as a conduit for the dispersal of Surrealist images out of the realm of fine art and into the worlds of fashion, commercial photography and journalism. A vital study for all students and enthusiasts of Surrealism and those enthralled by the enigmatic Lee Miller, this book reveals the social and cultural networks in which she was embedded, offering a holistic view of her work and the life of the Surrealist movement in Britain.00Exhibition: The Hepworth, Wakefield, UK (22.06.-07.10.2018).
Esteban Vicente is the first book devoted to the life and work of the distinguished Spanish-born painter who, at age ninety-two, remains the only one of the original Abstract Expressionists still working at the peak of his powers. His luminous paintings and collages acknowledge the great Spanish tradition of Velazquez and Goya while simultaneously exploring the legacy of such modernist masters as Cezanne, Picasso, Mondrian, and Matisse. This magnificent volume reproduces all of Vicente's most important works from nearly a half century of constant evolution between cycles of austere painterly classicism and a passionate, explosive baroque. Oversize plates, including 84 in full color, present Vicente's paintings, collages, and drawings, capturing his rich, brilliant palette, elegant compositions, economy of means, and passionate clarity of feeling. Esteban Vicente is further enriched by extensive quotations from the artist's writings and interviews; rare documentary photographs; a chronology; lists of solo and group exhibitions and public collections; bibliography; and index.
A richly illustrated, expansive mid-career survey of the stand-out American artist's pioneering and influential work Since the early 1990s, Laura Owens (b. 1970) has challenged traditional assumptions about figuration and abstraction in her pioneering--and at times controversial--approach to painting. This inventive mid-career survey of Owens's work takes the form of an expansive seven-hundred-page book, interweaving writing on the artist's work with excerpts from a wide variety of texts. Including an essay by Scott Rothkopf, this richly illustrated volume presents Owens's paintings within a rich trove of archival imagery that includes exhibition announcements, installation photographs, personal correspondence, and source material, most of which has never before been published. Reflections by fellow artists, collaborators, assistants, dealers, family, and friends contribute an array of perspectives on Owens's working practice and her numerous achievements. Touching on topics that range from the history of embroidery to pop music and computer software to maverick artists such as Elizabeth Murray, Joe Zucker, and Charles M. Schulz, this book situates Owens's output, diverse interests, and personal history within a larger cultural matrix and provides a comprehensive overview of the life and work of this influential and continually evolving artist.
This beautifully produced volume is the definitive monograph on an artist described by contributor Andrew Marr as 'probably the finest abstract painter alive in Britain'. Now in her late eighties, Gillian Ayres has been celebrated for more than six decades for her use of vibrant colour and bold forms to create exuberant compositions full of movement and energy. Unconventional in life and in work, she has forged her own individual path regardless of fashion or opinion. Not wishing to conform or to be categorized in any way, she has adopted a variety of styles and techniques throughout her career. In the 1950s, she applied oils and household paint with rags and brushes, and by pouring and squirting, in gestural works reminiscent of European tachiste painting and American abstract expressionism. In the 1960s, she created light-filled images in oils or acrylics in keeping with the hedonistic and optimistic mood of that time. In the 1970s, she approached the canvas as an expanse to be filled with an extreme and painterly alloverness. Later in that decade and into the 1980s, she began to use thick and heavy impasto in carefully designed arrangements; and in recent decades, she has developed a distinctive style of simplified organic motifs and areas of flat yet intense colour. Coinciding with a major retrospective exhibition at the National Museum Wales in Cardiff, this book spans her long career, from her student days to the most recent works. It includes all of her major paintings, and a dedicated section on her substantial body of prints. It also features many previously unpublished photographs of the artist in the studio and at home and other ephemeral materials, making the publication the complete word on this acclaimed and original artist's life and work.
This magnificent, lavishly illustrated book by India’s most eminent and perceptive art historian, B.N. Goswamy, will open readers’ eyes to the wonders of Indian painting, and show them new ways of seeing and appreciating art. An illuminating introductory essay, ‘A Layered World’, explains the themes and emotions that inspired Indian painters, the values and influences that shaped their work, and the unique ways in which they depicted time and space. It describes, too, the characteristics of the different regional styles, the relationship between patrons and painters, the milieu in which they created their works, and the tools and techniques the painters used. The second part of this book consists of ‘Close Encounters with 101 Great Works’. Carefully selected by Prof. Goswamy and spanning nearly a thousand years, these works range from Jain manuscripts, and Rajasthani, Mughal, Pahari and Deccani miniatures, to Company School paintings. His description and analysis of these works unlock the treasures that lie within them and show us how to ‘read’ each painting, as he points out its finest features, explains its visual vocabulary and symbolism, and recounts the story, legend or event that inspired it. Combining deep scholarship with great storytelling, this is a book of enduring value that will both educate and delight the reader. It is destined to become a classic.
This catalogue accompanies Hodgkin's major exhibition at Modern Art Oxford (23 June 5 September 2010) . It presents a selection of 24 paintings from 2001 - 2010, offering a fresh perspective on the artist's work. Spanning 10 years of the artist's career, the exhibition includes paintings not previously seen by a broader public, including a powerful body of new work developing out of his Home, Home on the Range series of 2008. Together, they will highlight the physical as well as emotional charge of Hodgkin's art through his use of scale, sensitivity to light and his ability to create painterly equivalents of depth and atmosphere using colour and brushstroke. This fully-illustrated catalogue designed by Peter Willberg features a new essay by Sam Smiles, Emeritus Professor of Art History, University of Plymouth and Tate Research Fellow 2009-12. It also contains a unique 'Reader' section, bringing together for the first time selected critical responses to Howard Hodgkin's work from 1962 - 2009. Howard Hodgkin: Time and Place is organised by Modern Art Oxford in partnership with the De Pont Foundation, Tilburg, and the San Diego Museum of Art, to where it will travel in September 2010 and February 2011 respectively. Also available in hardback. pound;24.95. ISBN 9781901352450.
Renowned for his evocative and highly-charged imagery, British artist Christopher Le Brun's new work builds upon a wide cultural literacy, from Virgil and Tennyson to William Walton.Following his appearance in many international group exhibitions - such as the influential Zeitgeist exhibition at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (1982) - Le Brun became recognised as one of the leading young European painters, and is currently the President of the Royal Academy, London.Accompanying a solo exhibition at Friedman Benda, New York (12 September - 15 October 2014), New Paintings shows an abundance of energy and Le Brun's renewed pleasure in colour and light.Alongside full-colour illustrations, this volume includes a personal response by artist and writer Edmund de Waal, and an introduction by art historian David Anfam that places the work within the tradition of late twentieth and early twenty-first century modern painting.
* This book will accompany an exhibition of the same name which will be held at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh from 3 December 2016 to 21 May 2017* Many of the works in this book have never been published before* Features maps showing the exact locations where the artist completed her works* Includes previously unpublished extracts from the artist's letters* Detailed marketing plan being implemented to promote the book widely. Includes a press release to broad range of print and broadcast media* Bookmarks available for till - please let us know how many you would like* National Galleries of Scotland Publishing shortlisted as Saltire Scottish Publisher of the Year, 2016 (winner to be announced in late November) Joan Eardley (1921-1963) is one of Scotland's most admired artists. During a career that lasted barely fifteen years, she concentrated on two very distinct themes: children in the Townhead area of central Glasgow, and the fishing village of Catterline, just south of Aberdeen, with its leaden skies and wild sea. The contrast between this urban and rural subject matter is self-evident, but the two are not, at heart, so very different. Townhead and Catterline were home to tight-knit communities, living under extreme pressure: Townhead suffered from overcrowding and poverty, and Catterline from depopulation brought about by the declining fishing industry. Eardley was inspired by the humanity she found in both places. These two intertwining strands are the focus of this book, which looks in detail at Eardley's working processes. Her method can be traced from rough sketches and photographs through to pastel drawings and large oil paintings. Identifying many of Eardley's subjects and drawing on unpublished letters, archival records and interviews, the authors provide a new and remarkably detailed account of Eardley's life and art.
Writers on Howard Hodgkin gathers together for the first time the responses of major contemporary writers to the work of Howard Hodgkin. Through the variety of voices it features and the range of literary approaches they employ, this collection provides remarkable new insights into Hodgkins work, as well as examples of some of the most incisive writing on art published in recent years. Illustrated in full color, this is a unique combination of the visual and the written word and a fitting tribute to a remarkable artist. Writers on Howard Hodgkin gathers together for the first time the responses of major contemporary writers to the work of Howard Hodgkin. Through the variety of voices it features and the range of literary approaches they employ, this collection provides remarkable new insights into Hodgkins work, as well as examples of some of the most incisive writing on art published in recent years. Illustrated in full color, this is a unique combination of the visual and the written word and a fitting tribute to a remarkable artist.
Exploring more than a dozen personal collections of contemporary artists, this unique and revealing book probes the aesthetic and psychological dimensions of collecting and shows how objects can influence and reflect their owners' work. A lead essay examines the reasons why artists collect, attempting to understand the relationship between the objects artists amass and the works they make, and contributions by or on each of the artists reflect on the personal significance of collecting habits.