Matar was nineteen years old when his father was kidnapped. In the year following he found himself turning to art, particularly the great paintings of the Sienese School.
They became a refuge and a way to think about the world outside the urgencies of the present. A quarter of a century later, having found no trace of his father, Matar finally visits the birthplace of those paintings. A Month in Siena is the encounter between the writer and the city.
This unique, narrative-driven book gives an unparalleled insight into the tough, tight-knit, exciting world of street art as seen through the eyes of Darius and Downey, who have been working together since 2000. Through a series of blood-pumping adventures, it paints a vivid portrait of a creative but harsh environment of extremes: friendship and rivalry; respect and conflict; adversity and prosperity; and, reveals the incredible risks that artists take, day in, day out, to win their place in the graffiti hall of fame. Ed Zipco, acute and empathetic commentator on the ways of the street, relates Darius’ and Downey’s most memorable experiences. Along the way, we witness their artistic evolution from conventional graffiti tagging to ambitious street installations that are both wittily entertaining and strikingly subversive.
This catalogue of outstanding paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints from Edward R. Broida’s recent gift of 175 contemporary works from his collection to The Museum of Modern Art reflects a wide range of artistic approaches. Most pieces were created after 1960; several artists, such as Vija Celmins, Philip Guston, Ken Price and Christopher Wilmarth, are represented in depth. The Broida collection also includes works by Richard Artschwager, Jake Berthot, Martin Puryear, Susan Rothenberg, Joel Shapiro, Mark di Suvero and John Walker, among others, and significant works by Jennifer Bartlett, Bruce Nauman and Richard Serra that provided important additions to the Museum’s holdings. This book includes an introduction to the collection by John Elderfield, the Marie-Josee and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture, and an interview with Broida conducted by Ann Temkin, Curator of Painting and Sculpture. The plate section reproduces at least one work by each of the 38 artists included in the gift, and in many cases numerous works by one artist.
This monograph explores each of Ai’s career phases up until his release from Chinese custody. It features extensive visual material to trace Ai’s development from his early New York days right through to his recent practice.
Great paintings cannot be fully understood in a single encounter; there is always more to be derived from them. Art lovers may revisit and reconsider the masterpieces throughout their lives, but a deeper understanding can only be gained by analysing the painting in detail, be it the placement of the subject, the lighting, the style of brushstrokes or the themes.
A novel with each cover hand-illustrated by the author. Literary journals bound by magnets, or designed to look like junk mail. The sharp wit, gorgeous design, and playful why not invention of independent literary publisher McSweeney’s have earned it a large and loyal following and made its journals, books, The Believer magazine, and Wholphin DVDs collectible favorites of readers and graphic designers alike. Created by the McSweeney’s staff to commemorate their 11th (or 12th) anniversary, this book showcases their award-winning art and design across all the company’s activities. It features hundreds of images, interviews with collaborators such as Chris Ware and Michael Chabon, and dozens of insights into McSweeney’s quirky creative process and the visual experience of reading.
This catalogue, which accompanies the exhibition Art of Tomorrow: Hilla Rebay and Solomon R. Guggenheim, shows Rebay not only as a director and curator, but also as a prolific artist–her early abstract watercolors, drawings, abstract and figurative collages, and large-scale non-objective paintings are featured here. Also included are early masterpieces by Rebay’s artist colleagues and friends Arp, Bauer, Kandinsky, Richter, and others. Not only a testament to Rebay’s artistic and curatorial prowess, this book also gives touching insight into the extraordinary collaboration between her and Solomon R. Guggenheim, which resulted in one of the world’s finest collections of early 20th century modernism.
Basquiat’s expressive style was based on raw figures and integrated words and phrases. His work is inspired by a pantheon of luminaries from jazz, boxing, and basketball, with references to arcane history and the politics of street life?so when asked about his subject matter, Basquiat answered “royalty, heroism and the streets.”
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This survey explores ways artists across Europe have turned to printed mediums, from woodcut to wallpaper, in a quest to expand their creative thinking. It presents the work of 118 artists, collectives, and journals from twenty countries in thematic sections, accompanied by in-depth texts that place this work in a historical context. Traditional etchings, lithographs, and screenprints as well as unusual book formats, editioned sculptural objects, postcards, and even shopping bags and record jackts are represented, demonstrating the vitality artists have brought to printed art in the contemporary period.
Statues are one of the most visible – and controversial – forms of historical storytelling. The stories we tell about history are vital to how we, as societies, understand our past and create our future. So whose stories do we tell? Who or what defines us? What if we don’t all agree? How is history made, and why? FALLEN IDOLS looks at twelve statues in modern history. It looks at why they were put up; the stories they were supposed to tell; why those stories were challenged; and how they came down. History is not erased when statues are pulled down. If anything, it is made.
Graffiti Woman celebrates the rise of female graffiti and street artists, showcasing the work of over 125 women, from those at the top of the game, such as New York’s Lady Pink and Amsterdam’s Mickey, to a galaxy of rising stars.
Attlee’s book succeeds in showing how influential Guernica has been. Attlee digs up rich examples of the debate and devotion that invariably attended the painting. Guernica literature abounds; but this book is a worthwhile addition.
When Lin-Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking musical Hamilton opened in London’s West End in December 2017, it was as huge a hit as it had been in its original production off- and on Broadway. Lauded by critics and audiences alike, the show would go on to win a record-equalling seven Olivier Awards – including Best Actor in a Musical for Giles Terera, for his portrayal of Aaron Burr. For Terera, though, his journey as Burr had begun more than a year earlier, with his first audition in New York, and continuing through extensive research and preparation, intense rehearsals, previews and finally opening night itself.