‘Nature/Structure. There is no more to say. In my pictures I reduce to that. But ‘reduce’ is the wrong word, because these are not simplifications. I can’t verbalize what I am working on: to me, it is many-layered by definition; it is what is more important, what is more true’ – Gerhard Richter
A complement to the landmark The Art Book, The 21st-Century Art Book is an accessible guide to best contemporary art made since 2000. Showcasing over 280 artists in alphabetical order, it place established figures like Jeff Wall, Marlene Dumas and Maurizio Cattelan alongside the rising stars of the next generation such as Camille Henrot and Haroon Mirza.
This stunning book is a beautifully produced near-facsimilie of J.M.W. Turner’s sketchbook collecting and reproducing Turner’s ‘Wilson’ studies. It even includes the section in which Turner used his sketchbook upside down in his haste to sketch!”
This paperback catalogue accompanies Tate Britain’s exhibition of the work of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Fly In League With The Night, the first major survey of the artwork of one of the most important and exciting painters at work today.
Lavishly illustrated, it offers the most extensive overview of Yiadom-Boakye’s work to date. The exhibition book includes thematic essays and in-depth discussion of the development of the artist’s practice since her graduation from the Royal Academy of Art, London, in 2003, presenting her artwork alongside her own writing and poetry. The publication also positions Yiadom-Boakye’s extraordinary creative output over the past twenty years within a wider history of portraiture and representation, with a particular focus on black subjects.
This lavishly illustrated hardback catalogue accompanies Tate Britain’s exhibition of the work of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Fly In League With The Night, the first major survey of the artwork of one of the most important and exciting painters at work today.
Offering the most extensive overview of Yiadom-Boakye’s work to date, the exhibition book includes thematic essays explore in-depth discussion of the development of the artist’s practice since her graduation from the Royal Academy of Art, London, in 2003, presenting her artwork alongside her own writing and poetry. The publication also positions Yiadom-Boakye’s extraordinary creative output over the past twenty years within a wider history of portraiture and representation, with a particular focus on black subjects.
‘The Rape of Europa’ is one of Titian’s great masterpieces, a work charged with eroticism and classical mystique behind which lies a tale as compelling as the painting itself. Here Charles FitzRoy weaves a unique account of its history and the painting’s movement following the rise and fall of the countries in which it has been housed.
This exhibition will take a new look at the dynamic relationship between performance and painting since 1950. Contrasting key paintings by Jackson Pollock and David Hockney, the exhibition considers two different approaches to the idea of the canvas as an arena in which to act: one gestural, the other one theatrical. The paintings of the…
For nearly twenty years David Dawson was Lucian Freud’s assistant, companion, and model. Freud moved in rarefied, powerful circles and was tenacious about protecting his privacy. He also carefully avoided distraction. With few exceptions, he wanted only those he knew well, like the late Bruce Bernard, to photograph him. David Dawson, however, was in a unique position, and as Freud became comfortable in the presence of Dawson’s camera, photographing became part of the daily ritual of the studio. These photographs reveal in a most intimate way the subjects and the stages of paintings in progress. Few artists, if any, have had their lives and their work recorded over such a length of time.
Canadian-born Agnes Martin was one of the pre-eminent painters of the second half of the twentieth century, whose work has had a significant influence both on artists of her own time and for subsequent generations. A contemporary of the abstract expressionists though often identified with minimalism, Martin was of the few woman artists who came to prominence in the predominately masculine art world of the late 1950s and 1960s, and became a particularly important role model for younger women artists.
The first comprehensive retrospective exhibition of works by Albert AdamsÂ ran at Iziko Museum. Albert Adams was born in Johannesburg in 1930 but at the age of four came to Cape Town with his mother and sister. He attended Livingstone High School and studied at Hewat College in Cape Town. Unable to study at the Michaelis School of Art, University of Cape Town, because of the apartheid policies, he applied for, and was awarded a scholarship to study at the Slade School of Art in London where he studied from 1953 to 1956. He enrolled for a brief course of study at the Munich Academy of Arts and later in 1957 attended master classes under the internationally renowned artist, Oskar Kokoschka.
He returned to Cape Town where he exhibited widely but in 1960 decided to leave South Africa for good and settled in London. He taught for a while at schools in the East End of London and in 1979 was appointed to the staff of the City University, London where he lectured in art history for 18 years. Towards the end of 2006 Adams was diagnosed with lung cancer and after a brief stay in hospital passed away on 31 December 2006.
An instinctive expressionist Adamsâ€™ subject matter is evidence of a deep social commitment and he can rightly be seen as an heir to Francisco Goya (1740 â€“ 1828). Often his subject matter is inspired by international events but he alwaysÂ returned to South Africa for inspiration, depicting, amongst others, the homeless people of Cape Town, the darker side of the Cape Minstrels and in a more allusive way the â€˜baggageâ€™ or legacy of apartheid.
Although Adams exhibited extensively and, on more than one occasion was chosen to represent South Africa on international exhibitions, his long period of absence from South Africa has resulted in the undue neglect of a major talent.
This retrospective exhibition will result in Albert Adams being recognized and established as a major South African artist.
Illustrated with approximately 235 color images and packaged with a DVD of selected videos, Animated Painting brings together some of the most compelling recent contemporary art to combine traditional conceptions of painting and drawing with the techniques and time-based elements of animation.
Using carefully drawn line illustrations of famous masterpieces, Art Studio takes the colourist on an inspiring world tour. Along the way you can try your hand at replicating the originals or applying slightly – or perhaps even entirely – different palettes. In the process you will also learn to appreciate the complexity and composition of these great works.
Audrey Ngcaba worked as a nurse for 36 years in the public health system in South Africa. At the age of fifty-five, Ngcaba decided to take an early retirement after an ongoing frustration with her working environment. “I retired early because of insufficient human resources. There were not enough materials to work with, no gloves, no fluids for putting up drips. I tried for years and years but couldn’t work under theses conditions…When I retired I thought I’ve done my part. I’ve compromised and improvised up to a point…and then I had enough.”
An insightful and candid portrait of the artist Balthus. Presented in the form of ABC questions, Balthus: In His Own Words reveals his personal universe. “B” for beauty, “H” for Homer, “M” for Mozart, “S” for SOS, Balthus takes us through his intimate thoughts and views on everything from Paris to Chinese calligraphy.