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Last Updated: Nov 16, 2014
A Brush with the Real
Call Number: 759.07 1
Publication Date: 2014-04-08
Why painting today? In the digital age, with its powers of instant recall and infinite reproduction, why are we witnessing an unprecedented revival of figurative painting? A Brush with the Real presents a survey of key contemporary artists who have each embraced painting and are working within a realist tradition. Through individual interviews the book peers into the life and work of each of these artists, discussing their methods, motives, and sources, from art history to the internet and the language of film. The book celebrates the work of 51 artists who are each taking the medium in a new direction: from those who work with appropriation and found images, to those trying to get as close as possible to contemporary reality and first-hand experience, to artists who are simply using painting as a door to parallel or imaginary worlds. The book makes the argument that, since perhaps the early Renaissance, the role fulfilled by painting has never been so vital or timely: in our image-saturated culture, digital technology has given painting and its slow, full-resolution images a new lease of life.
Kwang Young Chun
Call Number: 709.5190905 27
Publication Date: 2014-05-13
The first monograph on Korean artist Kwang Young Chun, renowned for exquisite handmade mulberry paper sculptures and textured surfaces that represent harmony and conflict in the unity of many. Covering the entirety of Kwang Young Chun's career from his early abstract paintings to his famed Aggregation series--complex structures and canvases created from the antique, handmade mulberry paper, pages of literary and academic texts and tinted with teas, fruits and flowers--this book documents a highly influential contemporary artist whose work, writes the New York Times, makes you sense something fundamental about great art that is too often forgotten or overlooked in today's age of instant everything.
100 Painters of Tomorrow
Call Number: 759.07 2
Publication Date: 2014-10-14
Painting is enjoying a remarkable creative renaissance in the twenty-first century, with many of the world's leading artists now working in this most enduring and seductive of media. 100 Painters of Tomorrow is the culmination of a new project, initiated by curator Kurt Beers and Thames & Hudson, to find the 100 most exciting painters at work today. This major publication introduces and presents the work from a global cast of painters selected by an international panel featuring some of the most prominent names in contemporary art. The resulting volume offers an intelligent snapshot of the best new talent in painting from across the world, gathered through an open call for submissions that drew over 4,300 applications. Open to any artist using paint as their primary medium, the submissions guidelines specified no age limit, but each of the selected artists has gained professional recognition in the last five years through their education, gallery representation, or in the production of a significant body of work. In addition, more than 100 of the world's leading art schools were directly invited to participate, nominating recent graduates to submit their applications. The book presents high-quality images of the rising stars' work, along with essential biographic information and quotations from the artists.
Giuseppe Arcimboldo, The Librarian, 1566. Oil on canvas, 38"X28", Skokloster Castle, Sweden.
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