Lawrence Weiner's art uses language in reference to materials. Language itself is a material and at the same time a means of presentation of his work. Weiner evolved this approach in the context of the Conceptual art of the late 60s, yet he does not see his own work as "conceptual." The "space" he works within is the entire cultural context, and his works are associated with various different media and forms of presentation: books, posters, videos, films, records, drawings, multiples, installations indoors and outdoors, and more.
In this book, Pei talks with Fumihiko Maki about memorable personages and projects from a career that has spanned more than half a century, including descriptions of his encounters with Gropius and Aalto which convey the admirable qualities of these eminent architects as teachers and friends.
Lichtenstein : Girls Richard Hamilton
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This publication surveys the seminal group of Girl paintings by Roy Lichtenstein. In the Summer of 1961, Lichtenstein embarked on a series of iconic images of women, taken directly from newspaper clippings and the romance comic books prevalent in post-war America. The anonymity of mass-produced, cheap comics helped him capture specific impressions of real life, while maintaining the necessary degree of aesthetic distance afforded by what he understood to be the 'high restrictive quality of art'. The 'Girl' paintings, together with the war images (or 'Boy' paintings), established him as a major protagonist of the American Pop Art movement. His amalgamation of text and image, high and low culture, and his strategy to involve appropriated images, continues to be a rich source of inspiration for subsequent generations of artists, from Richard Prince, Jeff Koons, and Raymond Pettibon to John Currin and Elizabeth Peyton.A conversation between Jeff Koons and Dorothy Lichtenstein opens the catalogue. The publication also brings together an exceptional collection of over 130 images of paintings, drawings, sources, and documentary photographs.Included in these images are 22 full-coloured plates of the 'Girl' paintings, 18 of which are featured in the exhibition. The catalogue closes with a select chronology of Roy Lichtenstein's life, pinpointing important exhibitions and occasions.An artist's book response to the Girl paintings created by Richard Prince is also included as an insert.
Nothing to Remember! is a facsimile of 22 delicately-colored prints on hand-drawn music paper created between 2004 and 2006 by Louise Bourgeois. This artist's book follows an earlier publication, Ode a l'Oubli (Ode to Forgetfulness), which Bourgeois made entirely out of fabric, using linens and clothing remnants from her past. Nothing to Remember! is an immediate collectible, with only limited quantities available.
Mark Tansey de Werd, Dressler, etc.
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The monumental monochrome paintings of Mark Tansey seem at first to celebrate a landscape's elemental grandeur with photographic accuracy. Icy blues of snow- and oceanscapes show a frozen moment of nature's ungraspability. Then, out of the blue, literally, you make out a face in a large snowball--and not just any face, but Karl Marx's. A vague surfer rides roiling swells around the Statue of Liberty, and the cliff face that climbers are scaling is as impossibly angled as an Escher staircase.
Acclaimed American documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark (b. 1940) made her first iconic pictures when living in Turkey on a Fulbright Fellowship in the mid-1960s. Her photographs of Bombay brothels, shot in the late 1970s, were published in 1981 in Falkland Road, a book that became legendary and confirmed her status as one of the most prominent and provocative documentary photographers working today.
This first monograph devoted to the work of the influential and transgressive New York City painter of all things excessive, queer, abject, kitsch and twisted features selected works from 1994-2004--including drawings, paintings, collages and installations.