Ever since the early 1970s, sculptor Charles Ray's protean practice has yielded some of the most memorable objects and experiences in contemporary art, causing us to confront, as Peter Schjeldahl has written, "elegant, deadpan fabrications that flip wild switches in our minds." In 1987's "Ink Line," for example, he sent a single stream of ink flowing to the middle of a gallery's floor in a slender column; outside the 1993 Whitney Biennial he parked a massive replica of a toy fire engine. His recent work is just as alluring and unsettling: a steel sculpture of a handheld bird, a poster of an ominous pumpkin, an intricate cast aluminum sculpture of a tractor. Charles Ray surveys the work the artist has made in the past dozen years; an interview by Michael Fried and an essay by John Kelsey complement texts written about each work by Ray himself.
An unprecedented, definitive look at the school's typography and print design, from its early expressive tendencies to the functional modernism for which it is famed today The Bauhaus looms large as one of the most influential legacies in 20th-century graphic design. Known for its bold sans-serif typefaces, crisp asymmetrical grids and clean use of negative space, the school emerged as the forebearer of a new look--one that seized the tools of mass production in the creation of a radical new art. Today, just over 100 years after the Bauhaus's opening in 1919, the school's visual hallmarks have come to define modernity as it appears on the printed page.
The official catalog for Letterform Archive's inaugural gallery exhibition, Bauhaus Typography at 100 explores the school's legacy in graphic and typographic design through artifacts of its own making--its books, magazines, course materials, product catalogs, stationery, promotional fliers and other ephemera.
From the book's beautifully designed pages, readers learn of typographic masters László Moholy-Nagy, Herbert Bayer and Joost Schmidt, who channeled Constructivism's geometric forms and optimism for industry into printed vehicles for the school's teachings. Here is where Bauhaus typography--its rejection of serifs and capitals, embrace of experimental alphabets, insistence on universal clarity, and innovation in layering and hierarchy--took its distinctive shape.
The catalog also shines light on the Bauhaus's lesser-known early forays into expressive lettering and illustration, also tracing the school's immediate impact on seminal design movements such as the New Typography and, of course, on design practitioners working today. Lavishly illustrated, carefully researched and written, and accompanied by an in-depth introduction from noted Bauhaus expert, author and curator Ellen Lupton, Bauhaus Typography at 100 is a must-have for any fan of modern design.
A handsome introduction to Rothko's rarely seen jewel-like paintings on paper of the late '60s.
This volume brings together key paintings from Rothko's (1903-70) renowned body of work made in the late 1960s--a significant and prolific period in the artist's life.
In the wake of a particularly difficult bout of ill health, Rothko was forced to reduce the scale of his practice from his signature monumental canvas to more intimately sized paper. Despite physical limitations, Rothko worked feverishly with a renewed enthusiasm for color, delighted by the effect of acrylic paint, which he had newly discovered.
In an intimate introduction, Christopher Rothko writes of the artist's shift in scale and the parallel between the viewer's experience with the paintings and his father's own creation of them. Eleanor Nairne explores Rothko's trajectory, tracing his early works and experience painting through the Seagram paintings and chapel commission to these works on paper. The book is produced on the occasion of the inaugural exhibition at Pace Gallery's new gallery space in London's Hanover Square.
Sur plus de 50 années de carrière, Ellsworth Kelly a créé environ 400 cartes postales faites de collages, certaines ayant servi d'études pour des oeuvres d'autres medias ou de plus grand format. Cet ouvrage présente ces cartes, depuis les premières monochromes de 1949 jusqu'à celles de 2005 représentant des marines. Il permet ainsi de découvrir une facette moins connue et plus expérimentale du travail de l'artiste américain.
Ringgold's most formative and influential political works are gathered in this beautifully designed clothbound volume.
Alongside reproductions of key works made between 1967 and 1981, Faith Ringgold: Politics / Power provides an overview of Ringgold's seminal artistic and activist work, and its historical context during these years, including accounts by the artist herself.
During the 1960s and 1970s, Ringgold, a dedicated and impassioned civil rights advocate, established her voice as a feminist and within the Black Arts Movement. Her influential work expressed her in-depth knowledge of art history and contemporary art, as well as her activism. Spanning mediums such as painting, cut paper works, posters, collage and textile art, the works presented in this publication foreground the artist's explicitly political pieces, for which she deployed new material and formal processes, and developed a radical aesthetics and vocabulary.
Organized chronologically, the book allows readers to retrace the artist's foundational creative approaches to contemporaneous social, political and artistic questions. It includes illustrations of individual artworks together with previously unpublished work and archival materials.
Faith Ringgold (born 1930) is a painter, mixed-media sculptor, performance artist, teacher and writer best known for her narrative quilts. In 2020, the New York Times described her as an artist "who has confronted race relations in this country from every angle, led protests to diversify museums decades ago, and even went to jail for an exhibition she organized." Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Brooklyn Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art, among others. Ringgold lives and works in Englewood, New Jersey.
A colossal anthology of artist conversations conducted by Maurizio Cattelan.
This massive volume, published in conjunction with the artist's exhibition at Pirelli HangarBicocca, collects for the first time all of the conversations that Maurizio Cattelan (born 1960) has been conducting for 20 years, as interviewer. The dialogues, of which there are more than 130, were published between 2001 and 2021 in numerous magazines, including Flash Art Italia, International, Purple Magazine, Vogue and Il Manifesto, as well as in monographs and exhibition catalogs.
Maurizio Cattelan: Index presents these conversations in facsimile form, maintaining the text and original layout of each publication, resulting in a lively kaleidoscope of voices and images. Appraising the list of people interviewed and reading the texts, an astonishing chorus takes shape, comprising young and upcoming artists, established figures and those who are now deceased and part of history, as well as creatives from other disciplines such as architects, designers, chefs, thinkers, entertainers and performers.
Among the interviewees are luminaries such as Alighiero Boetti, Phil Collins, Ferran Adrià, Alex Da Corte, Seth Price, Urs Fischer, Dash Snow, Martine Syms, Paul Chan, Carol Rama, Takashi Murakami, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, George Condo, Jerry Saltz, Virgil Abloh, Chloë Sevigny, Dana Schutz and more.
Are you bored by daily routine? Learn how to restore play to the everyday, with games and life tips from artists, writers and thinkers from Louise Bourgeois and Hunter S. Thompson to Lydia Davis and Karl Lagerfeld.
"Life must be lived as play," said Plato, and this book will help you rediscover the wonder in the weekly grind, and the extraordinary in the ordinary. Throughout history, philosophers, artists and writers have found liberation in taking play seriously. Everyday Play shows you how you can use creativity, games and the imagination to transform your life.
Learn how to be someone else for a day; explore how to draw a poem, paint a book and reorient your library; enjoy writers using constraints or languages they don't understand; play the Edible Book Game or become a living sculpture; become a writer and play word games to find new ways of saying what you mean.
Everyday Play is the essential compendium of artists' games, philosophers' inquiries and manifestos against the banal. They will challenge our perceptions of work, rest and play, with contributions from, among others, Joan Acocella, Luis Buñuel, Lewis Carroll, Robert Creeley, Adam Dant, Lydia Davis, Jeremy Deller, Dashiell Hammett, Will Hobson, Nina Katchadourian, Andrei Monastyrski, Francis Ponge, Erik Satie and Mark Wahlberg.
"Everyday Play is fabulous!" -Cornelia Parker "Everyday Play will jiggle your syntax and bio-energize your astral enzymes. It reads like the misbehaving son of 'Redstone.'" -Ed Ruscha
Exploring the evolution of Agnes Martin's sublime use of color.
This handsomely designed, concise volume celebrates Agnes Martin's pursuit of beauty, happiness and innocence in her nonobjective art created while living in the desert of New Mexico. From her multicolored striped works to compositions of color-washed bands defined by hand-drawn lines, to the deep gray Black Paintings that characterized her work in the late 1980s, Martin's treatment of color in each of these phases is examined.
A particular emphasis is placed on the latter half of her career and the broadening vision that developed during her years working in the desert, which crystalized her quest to deepen her understanding of the essence of painting, unattached to emotion or subject, yet radiant and meditative in its pure abstraction.
With editorial contributions by a selection of writers whose cross-genre works span art writing, essay and memoir, this book expands an approach to Martin's paintings beyond a purely art historical lens, bringing new voices into the conversations around her career, inviting a rediscovery of her enduring legacy. An essay by author Durga Chew-Bose provides a poetic exploration of color; the writer Olivia Laing (author of The Lonely City) discusses the nature of solitude in her text; and Bruce Hainley uses a 1974 essay by Jill Johnston as a jumping-off point to delve into Martin's life during her years in New Mexico.
Replete with complexities, abjection, beauty and joy, Women Painting Women offers new ways to imagine the portrayal of women, from Alice Neel to Jordan Casteel.
A thematic exploration of nearly 50 female artists who choose women as subject matter in their works, Women Painting Women includes nearly 50 portraits that span the 1960s to the present. International in scope, the book recognizes female perspectives that have been underrepresented in the history of postwar figuration. Painting is the focus, as traditionally it has been a privileged medium for portraiture, particularly for white male artists. The artists here use painting and women as subject matter and as vehicles for change. They range from early trailblazers such as Emma Amos and Alice Neel to emerging artists such as Jordan Casteel, Somaya Critchlow and Apolonia Sokol. All place women--their bodies, gestures and individuality--at the forefront.
The pivotal narrative in Women Painting Women is how the artists included use the conventional portrait of a woman as a catalyst to tell another story outside of male interpretations of the female body. They conceive new ways to activate and elaborate on the portrayal of women by exploring themes of the Body, Nature Personified, Selfhood and Color as Portrait. Replete with complexities, realness, abjection, beauty, complications, everydayness and joy, the portraits in this volume make way for women artists to share the stage with their male counterparts in defining the image of woman and how it has evolved.
Artists include: Rita Ackermann, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Emma Amos, María Berrío, Louise Bonnet, Lisa Brice, Joan Brown, Jordan Casteel, Somaya Critchlow, Kim Dingle, Marlene Dumas, Celeste Dupuy-Spencer, Nicole Eisenman, Tracey Emin, Natalie Frank, Hope Gangloff, Eunice Golden, Jenna Gribbon, Alex Heilbron, Ania Hobson, Luchita Hurtado, Chantal Joffe, Hayv Kahraman, Maria Lassnig, Christiane Lyons, Danielle Mckinney, Marilyn Minter, Alice Neel, Elizabeth Peyton, Paula Rego, Faith Ringgold, Deborah Roberts, Susan Rothenberg, Jenny Saville, Dana Schutz, Joan Semmel, Amy Sherald, Lorna Simpson, Arpita Singh, Sylvia Sleigh, Apolonia Sokol, May Stevens, Claire Tabouret, Mickalene Thomas, Nicola Tyson and Lisa Yuskavage.
A visual and conceptual conversation between two leading US photo-artists famed for their mutual explorations of race, class and power.
Dawoud Bey and Carrie Mae Weems met in New York in the late 1970s, and over the next 45 years these close friends and colleagues have each produced unique and influential bodies of work around shared interests and concerns. This publication brings together over 140 photographs and video art from the 1970s through the 2010s by two of our most notable and influential photo-based artists.
Since first meeting at the Studio Museum in Harlem five decades ago, Bey and Weems have maintained spirited and supportive mutual engagement while exploring and addressing similar themes: race, class, representation, and systems of power. Dawoud Bey & Carrie Mae Weems: In Dialogue brings their work together in five thematic groupings to shed light on their unique creative visions and trajectories, and their shared concerns and principles.
Photographer Dawoud Bey (born 1953) had his first exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 1979. Since then, his work has been presented internationally to critical and popular acclaim. Recent large-scale exhibitions of his photographs have been presented at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and Tate Modern, London. Bey's writings on his own and others' work are included in Dawoud Bey: Seeing Deeply and Dawoud Bey on Photographing People and Communities. He is a professor of art and Distinguished College Artist at Columbia College Chicago.
Famed for her Kitchen Table Series, among other works, Carrie Mae Weems (born 1953) explores power, class, Black identity, womanhood, and the historical past and its resonance in the present moment. In addition to photography, Weems creates video, performance and works of public art, and organizes thematic gatherings which bring together creative thinkers across a broad array of disciplines. Her work has been exhibited across the world, at venues such as the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo and the American Academy in Rome.
Ce catalogue accompagne une grande exposition de Maurizio Cattelan au Pirelli HangarBicocca à Milan, sa première présentation monographique en Italie depuis de nombreuses années. L'exposition présente à la fois ses pièces stars les plus connues et des travaux récents qui font écho à la thématique centrale de l'exposition : le cycle de la vie et la relation entre le souvenir individuel et la mémoire collective.
Recently opened to the public for the first time, the home of the Futurist artist Giacomo Balla (1871-1958) is depicted and inventoried in this extraordinary book. The apartment in Rome in which Balla lived for over 30 years with his family was covered with lively murals, painted furniture, decorated utensils and clothes, as well as preparatory drawings, stage designs, toys and other works by the artist, together with paintings by his two daughters Luce and Elica. The numerous paintings by Balla kept in the apartment range from his early figurative period to the Futurist aesthetics of the 1910s and '20s and a return to representation in the latter part of his life. Together they create a kaleidoscopic example of total design, reflecting the indissoluble link between art and life that lay at the root of Futurist thinking.
Three decades of the beloved Japanese artist's paintings, drawings, sculptures and more Yoshitomo Nara is among the most beloved Japanese artists of his generation. His widely recognizable portraits of menacing figures reflect the artist's raw encounters with his inner self. Nara's oeuvre takes inspiration from a wide range of resources--memories of his childhood, music, literature, studying and living in Germany (1988-2000), exploring his roots in Japan, Sakhalin and Asia, and modern art from Europe and Japan.
Spanning 35 years (1985 to 2020), this book--which accompanies the major career retrospective organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art--presents the full range of Nara's work. It also examines the artist's work through the lens of his longtime passion--music--and features "liner notes" written by the artist about various albums in his personal collection of 1960s and 70s folk and rock albums, published in English for the first time.
The book features paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramic figures, an installation that re-creates his drawing studio, and never-before-exhibited idea sketches that reflect the artist's empathic eye, shining a light on Nara's conceptual process. Readers will see the evolution of a dynamic artist who has become more contemplative with age.
Yoshitomo Nara was born in 1959 in Aomori, Japan, and graduated with a master's degree from Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music and later studied at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. In the fall of 2010, the Asia Society in New York presented the first major New York exhibition of his work. He is represented by Pace Gallery and Blum & Poe.
"Ghenie's meditation on the idea of hooliganism, examining the role of rebellion in the artistic process, is applied here toward an excavation of art history and European history." -Art Observed.
This book documents a selection of works by artist Adrian Ghenie (born 1977) included in his exhibition The Hooligans. The artist's newest body of work, these nine paintings and three drawings continue Ghenie's exploration of abstracting figures, layering shapes and gestural painting techniques to create complex images intertwined with art historical narratives. Influenced by Impressionist painters, as well as Turner, Van Gogh and Gauguin, Ghenie's meditation on the idea of "hooliganism" examines the role of rebellion in an artist's process, working to reject or ignore traditionalism to create the new. An art historical text by Apsara DiQuinzio traces the trajectory of Ghenie's practice through to today. In her new text, Masha Tupitsyn discusses the concept of the double, looking at its history in philosophy, literature, film and art.
Presenting recently rediscovered drawings, Life and Death explores what it means for an artist to picture their own death, in both the context of Wyeth's late career and contemporary American art.
This volume presents for the first time a recently rediscovered series of pencil drawings from the early 1990s, through which Wyeth imagined his own funeral. Chapters by leading art historians explore the significance of picturing one's own death in both the context of Wyeth's late career and contemporary American art. The book connects the funeral series to Wyeth's decades-long engagement with death as an artistic subject in painting, his relationships with the models depicted, and his use of drawing as an expressive and exploratory medium. It further inserts Wyeth's work into a larger conversation about mortality and self-portraiture that developed in American art since the 1960s, and includes works by Duane Michals, Andy Warhol, David Wojnarowicz, George Tooker, Janaina Tschäpe and Mario Moore. While his contemporaries posed a variety of existential questions in picturing their own passing, those that interrogate the universality of death as a human experience have become especially urgent in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and the national reckoning with racial inequality that emerged in 2020. Andrew Wyeth: Life and Death thus addresses ideas about loss, grief, vulnerability and (im)mortality that pervade the current moment.
American painter Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) lived his entire life in his birthplace of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and his summer home in mid-coast Maine. His seven-decade career was spent painting the land and people that he knew and cared about. Renowned for his tempera painting Christina's World (1948), Wyeth navigated between artistic representation and abstraction in a highly personal way.
Afro-Atlantic Histories rassemble de manière thématique plus de 400 oeuvres et documents par plus de 200 artists du XVIe au XXIe siècle, qui transcrivent et analysent les jeux d'influence entre l'Afrique, les Amériques, les Caraïbes et l'Europe. Le terme Black Atlantic, emprunté à Paul Gilroy, désigne une géographie mouvante et sans frontières précises, un flux d'expériences qui va de l'Afrique aux autres nations, territoires et cultures, un faisceau polyphonique d'histoires nationales et personnelles de nature réelle ou fictionnelle, économique, sociale, culturelle et mythologique. On y retrouve notamment Nina Chanel Abney, Emma Amos, Benny Andrews, Emanoel Araujo, Maria Auxiliadora, Romare Bearden, John Biggers, Paul Cézanne, Victoria Santa Cruz, Beauford Delaney, Aaron Douglas, Melvin Edwards, Ibrahim El-Salahi, Ben Enwonwu, Ellen Gallagher, Theodore Géricault, Barkley Hendricks, William Henry Jones, Loïs Mailou Jones, Titus Kaphar, Wifredo Lam, Norman Lewis, Ibrahim Mahama, Edna Manley, Archibald Motley, Abdias Nascimento, Gilberto de la Nuez, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Dalton Paula, Rosana Paulino, Howardena Pindell, Heitor dos Prazeres, Joshua Reynolds, Faith Ringgold, Gerard Sekoto, Alma Thomas, Hank Willis Thomas, Rubem Valentim, Kara Walker et Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.
«Contrapposto» se réfère à une pose dans laquelle le sujet humain est légèrement tourné de sorte que le buste est positionné hors de l'axe du bas du corps. L'artiste américain Bruce Nauman (né en 1941) explore cet ancien concept artistique avec son projet le plus récent, dans lequel il revisite sa pièce vidéo de 1968, Walk with Contrapposto, qui dépeint la tentative de l'artiste de tenir la pose classique alors qu'il marche dans un couloir étroit. Bruce Nauman utilise les technologies de manipulation numérique d'aujourd'hui pour revisiter ces premiers travaux dans un contexte entièrement nouveau. Ce volume présente la documentation de la nouvelle série de 2015 à 2019 ainsi que la vidéo originale.
A multipart installation on the island of Hydra exploring mythic themes of earth and sky In 2019, multidisciplinary artist Kiki Smith (born 1954) was invited to present a site-specific project at the DESTE Foundation Project Space in Hydra, a former slaughterhouse perched on the edge of the sea. Drawing on maritime history, mythology, astronomy and site-specific anthropology, Smith combined naturalistic and fantastic elements into a multipiece composition that reflects the lived and imagined memory of both the slaughterhouse--a stage for sacrifices--and the Hydra region itself.
Alongside photographs of the installation and texts by Maggie Wright and Nadja Argyropoulou, Kiki Smith: Memory presents documentation of Smith's process for this project, which draws on a variety of mediums including sculpture, textiles and drawing.
This book charts the emergence of Marisol Escobar (1930-2016) and Andy Warhol (1928-87) in New York during the dawn of Pop art in the early 1960s. Through essays, interviews and prose, the book explores the artists' parallel rise to success, the formation of their artistic personas, their savvy navigation of gallery relationships and the blossoming of their early artistic practices from 1960 to 1968. The exhibition features key loans of Marisol's work from major global collections, along with iconic works and rarely seen films and archival materials from the Andy Warhol Museum's collection. By situating Marisol?s work in dialogue with Warhol's, this new collection of writing seeks to reclaim the importance of her art, reframe the strength, originality and daring nature of her work, and reconsider her as one of the leading figures of the Pop era.
Ushering us into the world, our mother is our physical and cultural wellspring. Even if she is lost or absent, we are all sons and daughters. Throughout history and across cultures, the role of the mother has shifted, expanding at times and narrowing at others, as traditional family structures are by turns questioned and reinforced. This volume of art and literature on the many representations of the mother figure in art history ranges across religion, music, film and medicine. Excerpts, essays and poems by Marcel Proust, Maggie Nelson, Rachel Cusk, Lydia Davis, Gustave Flaubert, Sylvia Plath and Hans Christian Andersen meditate on motherhood alongside a wealth of visual material. Although the volumes main focus is on 20th-century and 21st-century art, Mother! Origin of Life reaches back through history to trace artistic motifs from the prehistoric era to Ancient Greece to the Renaissance, noting how contemporary artists continue to tap into such universal themes. Between more than 150 artworks, expert texts and a short anthology of motherhood in literature, this publication reveals how depictions of motherhood in the arts have been linked to broader cultural perceptions.Artists include: Sophie Calle, Mary Cassatt, Rineke Dijkstra, Laure Prouvost, Frida Orubapo, Tracey Emin, Alberto Giacometti, Mary Kelly, René Magritte, Alice Neel and Pablo Picasso.
The Blind Man était un magazine clé du début du XXe siècle, issu d'un riche réseau de salons et de publications proto-dada, modernistes et d'avant-garde new-yorkais, publié aux États-Unis. Produit par Marcel Duchamp, Béatrice Wood et Henri-Pierre Roché, seuls deux numéros de Blind Man ont paru, mais ils constituent un who's who des avant-gardes new-yorkaise et parisienne: Mina Loy, Walter Conrad Arensberg, Francis Picabia, Gabrielle Buffet, Allen Norton, Clara Tice, Alfred Stieglitz, Charles Demuth, Charles Duncan, Erik Satie, Carl Van Vechten et Louise Norton ont tous figuré dans ses pages.
La première monographie sur la pionnière américaine du textile et architecte d'intérieur du milieu du siècle Ruth Adler Schnee. Elle est devenue célèbre pour ses motifs modernistes, et notamment pour des collaborations avec Alexander Girard, Minoru Yamasaki (l'architecte du World Trade Center), ainsi que Frank Lloyd Wright.
Destroy All Monsters were an influential Detroit group that made music, art, zines and an elaborate junk-based self-mythology. Two of its members have become renowned artists: Mike Kelley and Jim Shaw. But aside from the zines, the actual output by the members has never been examined as independent art objects. This is the first retrospective of the artwork itself, as opposed to the zines and memorabilia produced. Nearly all of this work has never been published. Included are: dozens of candid photographs of the group, offering a snapshot of a proto-punk unit.
An artist's book by Richard Prince that looks back on a 25-year body of work.
Created by the artist Richard Prince (born 1949) in parallel to a major survey show, Hoods is both a monograph and an artist's book focused on a celebrated collection of painted sculptures made from 1988 through 2013. Archival photographs in the book document the evolution of the Hoods, cataloging both the artworks and Richard Prince's mythical "Body Shop" and the destroyed "Second House" in Upstate New York.
In an interview with photographer Larry Clark, Prince stated that "With the Hoods, I wanted to paint something that was already painted." From this simple act of conceptual appropriation, Prince evolved a massive body of work that engages deeply with the vernacular design tradition of the customized American muscle car. Taken all together, the sculptures, the upstate Body Shop and Prince's own photo-documentation evoke both ambiguous nostalgia as well as feelings of absence and loss, perhaps best expressed in a sampling of the artwork titles: Almost Grown; American Place; Folksongs; Vanishing Point.