The Indiscipline of Painting



The Indiscipline of Painting, published to accompany an international group exhibition at Tate St Ives, explores how the history and legacy of modernist abstract painting continues to inspire painters and artists working today.

Through a series of essays by leading critics and curators this beautifully illustrated book demonstrates how the language of abstract painting remains urgent, relevant and critical, tracing its influences on contemporary artists working in Britain, America, France and Germany.

Featuring a diverse range of work by both twentieth-century and contemporary artists including Jeremy Moon, Blinky Palermo, Gerhard Richter, Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, Tomma Abts and Heimo Zobernig the book brings together art from the 1950s to the present. In particular, it focuses on abstraction’s turn away from its expressionistic roots at the end of the 1950s and its move towards a more geometric, post-minimalist tradition, highlighting the resonances still felt by artists today.

Martin Clark is Artistic Director, Tate St Ives.
Sarah Shalgosky is Curator, Mead Gallery, Warwick.
Daniel Sturgis is an artist.

Contributors: Stephen Mooney, Terry R. Myers, Bob Nickas and Daniel Sturgis.