Exhibition Catalogues & Specific Collections
The Antiques Roadshow has been a staple of BBC television for 40 years now and is fully deserving of its status as a national institution. This coffee table book celebrates the most incredible finds and stories from the flagship show.
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Paul Atterbury and Marc Allum look back at some of the quintessential moments from the history of the show, revealing hidden secrets and celebrating some of the timeless and priceless finds including 23 original Beatrix Potter drawings, a poignant letter written by a doomed passenger on the Titanic and Marc Bolan of '70s glam rockers T. Rex's Flying V Gibson guitar.
Beautifully illustrated with stunning photographs throughout, this hardback is a wonderful keepsake of the enduring show's extraordinary objects (including paintings, merchandise and tools) and most memorable moments.
Paintings from the Indian subcontinent bedazzle the viewer with their minute details, colours and aesthetic qualities. Relatively modest in size, they often illustrate historical events, religious texts and poetry, or document life at court. Painted with watersolved pigments on paper, they invite closer observation and allow insight into the artistic traditions of India. "A Secret Garden" is the name of an outstanding private collection of Indian paintings. It comprises works spanning seven centuries from the time of the Sultans (1206-1526) through to the nineteenth century. This new book features a selection of 105 artworks from Danielle Porret's collection. Each entry provides a stylistic analysis of the painting as well as a discussion of the subject matter by leading experts in the field of Indian painting. Museum Rietberg Zurich is one of Europe's leading museums for non-European art.
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Ceramics and Pop Art sit in these pages alongside magic lanterns, demarcating the early origins of cinema, before moving on to an exploration of new technologies. Documenting four unique exhibitions at the Whitechapel Gallery over the course of a year, this publication includes newly commissioned texts exploring the complexity of collecting, exhibiting and curating in England today. With contributions from: Anna Colin, Matthew Darbyshire, Helen Kaplinsky, Helen Rees Leahy, Ingrid Swenson and Gaia Tedone.
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This anthology provides a multivocal critique of exhibitions of contemporary art, bringing together the writings of artists, curators and theorists. Collectively these diverse perspectives are united by the notion that if the focus for modernist discussion was individual works of art, it is the exhibition that is the prime cultural carrier of contemporaneity. The texts encompass exhibition design and form; exhibitions that are object-based, live or discursive; projects that no longer rely on a physical space to be visited in person; artists' responses to being curated, and their reflections on the potential of acting curatorially. Set against the rise of the curator as an influential force in the contemporary art world, this volume underlines the crucial role of artists in questioning and shaping the phenomenon of the exhibition.
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It occupies 72% of the surface of our planet, yet the depths of our oceans are less known to us than the Solar System: 90% remains unexplored. The deep, like outer space, has been a locus for science fiction since Jules Verne, with both the ocean and space giving rise to imaginary aliens, mutants and monsters. But there is one crucial distinction: the ocean and our species belong to the same planet, and by extension the deep is a part of us. Aquatopia is a transhistorical, transcultural voyage through the oceanic imaginary via contemporary and historical art works and objects which cross continents, centuries, schools and movements. Aquatic literary classics like The Odyssey, The Tempest, The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner, Moby Dick and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea recur in this exploration, sometimes filtered through their modern and contemporary prodigy, e.g. Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea and Derek Walcott's Omeros. Other, non-fictional texts by writers such as Philip Hoare and Marina Warner also guide the way. The publication will be a cross-disciplinary exploration of the aquatic imaginary, encompassing literature, maritime and cultural history, psychoanalysis, post-colonial and feminist theory, and including work by artists as diverse as J.M.W. Turner, Carol Bove, Marcel Broodthaers, Spartacus Chetwynd, Peter Doig, Rene Magritte, Eric Ravillious and Juergen Teller.
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Like many artists, Paul Ce zanne started his great paintings by sketching his ideas on paper. This book recreates some of Ce zanne's sketchbooks as it delves into the Kunstmuseum Basel's collection of drawings by Ce zanne-the most comprehensive and significant collection of the artist's drawings in the world. Rarely presented in exhibitions, these works introduce readers to the nucleus of Ce zanne's creative thinking, allowing us to observe his everyday practice as a draftsman. Scenes of violence appear side by side with portrait sketches; copies after Euge ne Delacroix or ancient sculptures alternate with landscapes and bathers. Repeated studies varying only slightly in perspective and angle help us understand how Ce zanne strove to find the right approach to his subject. Featuring his drawings as well as his great paintings and accompanied by a series of essays that explore how Ce zanne used his sketchbooks as preparation for landscapes, portraits, and still-lifes, this book offers fascinating insights into the creative process of a master.
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This collection of rarely seen masterpieces from The Phillips Collection traces the development of American art from Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism. During the Gilded Age, American artists like Julian Alden Weir, John Henry Twachtman, Ernest Lawson, and others developed landscape paintings which set the course for modern art in America. Revelations such as these are common within the pages of this book, which examines Duncan Phillips's interest in collecting and his promotion of living artists. Including essays by European and American experts, this publication of 68 works by 50 artists presents paintings by Maurice Prendergast, Arthur Dove, John Marin, Georgia O'Keeffe, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollock, Charles Sheeler, Winslow Homer, Marsden Hartley, and Richard Diebenkorn. Together these magnificent works tell the tale of a nation and artistic expression growing in confidence and diversity.
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Gustav Klimt's 1907 publication of his illustrated edition of Lucian's ancient work Dialogues of the Courtesans was the first time he exhibited his erotic art to the public, and it led to his denouncement by censors disturbed by the work's graphic content. This volume revives Klimt's masterful book, which pairs his erotic drawings with Wiener Werksta tte design, and which arguably resulted in the Art Nouveau era's most beautiful book. Klimt and Antiquity also compares the red- and black- figure Attic vases dating from the 5th century with Klimt's art. It presents Klimt's antiquity-inspired art as a dialogue between contemporary and ancient art, between genders, and between women's roles in times of antiquity and modernity. Essays explore Klimt's interest in ancient art; the ancient role of the courtesan; and the phenomenon of the Greek symposium as fertile ground for Greek art.
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ON&BY is a new series of anthologies devised by London's Whitechapel Gallery combining the writings of an internationally significant artist of our time with key texts on his or her work. In each volume leading scholars, critics, curators or fellow artists provide a complete overview of the ideas that inform and emerge from the work, from the viewpoints of both producer and receiver - artist and audience. Since early modernism, writing has become intrinsic to many artists' practice, engaging art in critical reflection on all aspects of culture and society. In this series the artist's perspective on the world and the world's perspective on the artist meet in the shared pursuit of writing. The first title in the series is dedicated to the Belgian artist Luc Tuymans, one of the most influential figurative painters working today. Born in 1958 and based in Antwerp, he has exhibited since 1985. From the beginning, his work addressed the challenge to painting's legitimacy posed by minimal and conceptual art by taking a side-step - creating works that seem to have emerged from a preceding era, alienated from their producer.This formal effect of historical distance works in counterpoint with the emotive subject matter the paintings often address, from the trauma and its afterlives of Europe under fascism to those of Africa under colonialism. Tuymans navigates the precarious space between depicter and historian of personal and collective memories - and curator of their traces. This volume collects together Tuymans' eloquent statements on his own work, from the early 1990s to the present, as well as his writings on the work of other artists, key interviews and dialogues. The second half of the volume surveys his major bodies of work from the beginning, in texts by leading art historians and critics as well as artists such as Takashi Murakami and Ai Weiwei.
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A leading figure in contemporary art, Roni Horn addresses wide- ranging issues such as nature, ecology, identity, landscape, and language. Her sculptures, drawings, photographs, and installations intermingle material and context, aiming to complicate the relationships among object, subject, and viewer. This two-volume catalogue features works such as Ant Farm, a living colony of ants sealed between two panes of glass; Pink Tons, a four-ton cube of casted pink glass; and Gold Field, a sheet of pure, annealed gold that measures a fraction of a millimeter thick. Also included are an engaging essay by artist Gary Indiana; a photo-essay by Jerry Gorovoy, Director of the Easton Foundation; and a personal statement by the artist.
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Featuring the work of 25 artists from diverse backgrounds, this triennial addresses the topic of architecture and permanence by exploring history and preservation, the concept of home and displacement, and the influence of power, economics, and political systems on global construction, especially within the Pacific Rim. This book includes drawing, photography, sculpture, and installation as well as performance and socially engaged work. Creatively conceived as an extension of the triennial itself, thebook uses a modular system of graphics and typography that reflects the exhibition's themes. Illustrated essays provide a deeper understanding of how the contemporary built environment affects human experience.
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This publication documents Italian artist Giuseppe Penone's sculpture "Spazio di Luce" ("Space of Light"), installed at the Whitechapel Gallery in London. "Spazio di Luce" is a bronze cast of the thick layer of wax surrounding a 40-foot-tall larch, with a radiant goldleaf interior that spreads dramatically across the columned gallery. The work references and augments a 1969 work of Penone's titled "All the Years of the Tree plus One," for which he also cast a tree in wax. Created in close collaboration with the artist, this volume brings together previously unpublished drawings, photographs of historic actions and recent sculptures and a selection of the artist's own writings. It also includes an interview between Achim Borchardt-Hume and the artist and an essay by art critic and scholar Douglas Fogle focusing on Penone's work with trees, alongside color documentation of the exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery.
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Metropolises often evoke images of flashy high-rise buildings, permanent background noise, backed-up cars and people moving quickly in all directions in their masses. New York, Tokyo, London, Sao Paulo. But what about Cairo? Lagos? Nairobi, Kinshasa, Johannesburg? More than half of the world's population lives in cities. Countries of the South in particular are facing fast-paced globalisation, with the highest rates of urbanisation taking place in African cities. Beyond Western models of urban development, African cities are creating their own urban structures, topography and cultures. How do these structures work? How do the residents of these cities organise their daily lives? What discussions are taking place in Africa about the history and future of cities? And how are artists thinking about and representing urban life in Africa? Lavishly illustrated and meticulously researched, Afropolis is the product of an exhibition developed by the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum in Cologne, Germany. The book focuses on the Big Five of African cities: Cairo, Lagos, Nairobi, Kinshasa and Johannesburg, and brings together positions of artistic and cultural studies, as well as detailed histories and the specific dynamics of these African cities, in order to expand our understanding of the concept of urbanity and the phenomenon of the City from an African perspective. This is the first time the book is available in English.
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A timeless symbol of power and ambition, Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) spent decades expanding France's empire, enjoying magnificent success and suffering crushing defeats. Featuring more than 400 never-before-seen objects, The Private Life of Napoleon allows a glimpse into the inner world of the French emperor. Over the course of 24 years, collector Bruno Ledoux amassed a remarkable range of manuscripts, books, gold jewelry, porcelains, miniatures, arms, and even historic souvenirs, all created in honor of Napoleon and the French empire.
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Sigmund Freud spent the final year of his life at 20 Maresfield Gardens, London, surrounded by all his possessions, in exile from the Nazis. The long-term home and workspace he left behind in Vienna is a seemingly empty space, devoid of the great psychoanalyst's objects and artefacts. Now museums, both of these spaces resonate powerfully. Since 1989, the Freud Museum London has held over 70 exhibitions by a distinctive range of artists including Louise Bourgeois, Sophie Calle, Mat Collishaw, Susan Hiller, Sarah Lucas and Tim Noble and Sue Webster. The Sigmund Freud Museum Vienna houses a small but impressive contemporary art collection, with work by John Baldessari, Joseph Kosuth, Jenny Holzer, Franz West and Ilya Kabakov. In this remarkable book, Joanne Morra offers a nuanced analysis of these historical museums and their unique relationships to contemporary art. Taking us on a journey through the 'site-responsive' artworks, exhibitions and curatorial practices that intervene in the objects, spaces and memories of these Museums, Joanne Morra offers a fresh experience of the history and practice of psychoanalysis, of museums and contemporary art.
Incorporating the various schools and eras, and presented in a loose chronology, this guide offers concise commentaries on the key works in the National Gallery of Ireland's impressive collections. Founded in 1854, the gallery is Ireland's major national cultural institution devoted to the care and collection of fine art. It houses an impressive collection of European art together with the world's most comprehensive survey of Irish art. The collection, which ranges in date from 1300 to the present day, comprises over 15,000 works including paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, icons, miniatures, objets d'art, furniture, books and archives. Also available: National Gallery of Ireland: Essential Guide ISBN 9781857599992"
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I Had an Interesting French Artist to See Me This Summer: Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen in British Columbia brings together new research concerning the French/Austrian artist Wolfgang Paalen (1905-1959), and the great Canadian modernist, Emily Carr (1871-1945), both of whom dedicated their most productive years to what Paalen called "the direct visualization of the forces which move our body and mind." Accompanying an exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery scheduled for July 1 to November 13, 2016, the catalog will tell the story of how both artists met in Victoria, British Columbia, in 1939, and how the creative vision of each one expanded in reaction to the landscape and the monumental art of the Northwest Coast First Nations. The catalog will present an essay by the scholar Colin Browne, ancillary archival materials, as well as full color reproductions of both early and late works by both artists as they moved toward their transcendent visions. With objects assembled from public and private collections internationally, this first pairing of these two modernist painters is being organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery, and curated by Colin Browne.
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The New Yorkers is a glorious look at a city bursting with colour and life. It is a body of work full of frozen moments, serendipity and reflection. Through Robert Herman s work we recognise the New York we knew and the New York we still know today. His street photography freezes people and places in this city at decisive moments, with spontaneity and authenticity. In this book the city waves at us, looks us right in the eye and brushes past us, without seeing. It layers images upon images like the best graffiti -- always renewing and reforming itself. Features a Foreword by Sean Corocoran, Curator of Prints and Photographs, Museum of the City of New York and an Essay by Stella Kramer, Pulitzer Prize Winning Photo Editor.
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The Tanenbaum gift of over two hundred works of internationally significant nineteenth-century European art is one of the most important art donations to a Canadian gallery. A diverse and original collection, it features works by Leon Bonnat, Frank Brangwyn, Charles Cordier, Gustave Dore, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Kathe Kollwitz, Henry Raeburn, Joaquin Sorolla, James Tissot, and Anders Zorn.This beautifully illustrated volume presents seventy-five of the key highlights by fifty-nine international artists. It offers insight into a broad range of artistic production in the nineteenth century, encompassing painting, sculpture, drawing, and printmaking. Author Alison McQueen provides an in-depth analysis of the social and historical context of each work, and full-color images illuminate her close study of the aesthetics of every piece. The artwork entries are accompanied by provenance, exhibition history, and bibliography.This book challenges many lasting misconceptions about nineteenth-century art. It includes a preface by collectors Joey and Toby Tanenbaum and an introductory essay on the collection by Alison McQueen.
The first and only book on one of the finest private collections of contemporary Iranian art This sumptuous volume features almost 250 contemporary artworks and a selection of medieval and early modern Islamic art - the heralded collection of Mohammed Afkhami, a prominent player at the cultural and regional front line of Middle Eastern art. Honar (meaning 'art' in Farsi, the language of Iran), includes works ranging from the disturbingly subversive to exquisitely inclusive, exhibiting the pain of exile, the querying of ideology, and the artistic insistence on personal independence.
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The Vatican: All the Paintings is organised and divided into 23 sections representing the museums and areas of the Vatican, including the Pinacoteca, the Sistine Chapel, the Raphael Rooms, the Borgia Apartments, the Vatican Palaces, St. Peter's Basilica, and more. 180 of the most iconic and significant paintings and other pieces of art are highlighted with 300-word discussions by art historian Anja Grebe on the key attributes of the work, what to look for when viewing the work, the artist's inspirations and techniques, biographical information on the artist, the artist's impact on art history and more. All 1,206 works of art are annotated with the name of the painting and artist, the date of the work, the birth and death dates of the artist, the medium that was used, the size of the work and the catalogue number (if applicable). The design of the book enables the reader to carefully examine and enjoy the 180 full- and half-page featured paintings as well as the rest of the collection of paintings, which appear four and six to a page. Several gatefolds through the book show triptychs, ceilings and frescos at an even larger size. Larger works of art like ceilings and frescos include overall views and details of the masterpieces.
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For more than four decades Eli and Edythe Broad have fostered public appreciation of contemporary art through their collection of nearly 2000 works, notable for its incredible sophistication and breadth. They operate the collection as a "lending library" through an enterprising loan program to institutions around the world. This book highlights The Broad Collection's depth by assembling a sharp cast of cultural leaders, writers, critics and curators to share their insights, experiences and diverse points of view on some of The Broad collection's most celebrated artists. Readers will delight in essays by filmmaker John Waters on Jeff Koons; music critic Greil Marcus on Christopher Wool; novelist Siri Husvedt on Anselm Kiefer; travel writer and essayist Pico Iyer on Takashi Murakami; Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Mark Stevens on Cy Twombly; and former Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, John Elderfield on Jasper Johns, among many other pairings. Curated as carefully as an exhibition, this collection of timeless images and timely writings gives readers a unique pathway through this enormous and enormously influential, collection. Published in association with The Broad.
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This eloquent examination of Innes's most important paintings illuminates the artist's philosophical and religious preoccupations. It provides an overview of his life and situates Inness within the contexts of key issues in American history, such as the Hudson River School, Transcendentalism, Swedenborgianism, and the work of William James. It explains for the first time how Inness treated landscape painting as a form of philosophical inquiry that could communicate his holistic belief in the unity of nature and spirit. "Bell's handsomely illustrated, eloquently written, and well-documented text considerably expands previous scholarship...[A] firstrate study. Highly recommended." Choice
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