The Spanish painter, draughtsman and sculptor Antonio López García is so widely celebrated for the staggering exactitude of his painterly realism that it's sometimes easy to neglect the magical, delicate atmospheres he conjures through his technical abilities. His paintings of what in anyone else's hands would seem the blandest subject matter imaginable-a blank wall, a coat hook, a kitchen sink, the interior of a refrigerator-teem with an infused, loving scrutiny that betrays the months and years of labor the artist devotes to each work.
Art Now! Vol : 4 Hans Werner Holzwarth
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Think of this tome as a global go-round of the world?s most influential galleries: if it?s hot in the art world today, it?s in this book. Emerging artists are featured alongside established greats like Chuck Close, David Hockney, or Brice Marden. A to Z entries on more than 100 artists include images of important recent work, an introductory text, and a short exhibition history with bibliographical information. The illustrated appendix collects contact details for the galleries representing the artists as well as auction results of the last few years.
The pioneering artists of the post-World War II era embraced artistic freedom and gesture-based styles, nontraditional materials and countercultural references. French art critic Michel Tapié even declared the existence of "un art autre" (art of another kind)--an art that entailed a radical break with all traditional notions of order and composition, in a movement toward something wholly "other."