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Books by Didier Ottinger

  • Francis Bacon: Books and Painting

    Didier Ottinger

    Product Code: CAZDD
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    Published to accompany the first Francis Bacon retrospective in Paris for twenty years, this catalogue analyses Bacon's works from 1971 onwards in light of his relationship to literature. Bacon always vigorously opposed over-analysis of his paintings, preferring to interpret them in purely illustrative or symbolic terms; he admitted, however, that literature was a powerful stimulus to his imagination. The artist was inspired by the images conjured up by certain texts: Aeschylus' phrase `the reek of human blood smiles out at me' in particular haunted Bacon, while his 1978 work Painting refers to T. S. Eliot's seminal poem The Waste Land. The inventory of Bacon's personal library has identified more than 1,300 books, ranging from Bataille and Conrad to Nietzsche and Leiris. Including twelve of Bacon's renowned triptychs, this lavish publication features eleven gatefolds and some sixty paintings created by Bacon between 1971 and his death in 1992. Reproduced here with analyses of Bacon's paintings in the light of some of his most admired authors, these specially commissioned texts reveal new ways of understanding some of the most powerful works in the modern canon.
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  • Picasso Mania: Picasso and the Contemporary Masters

    Didier Ottinger

    Product Code: AQNQQ
    Hardback
    Picasso's work appears never to have ceased to haunt the imagination of his peers. The great stylistic periods and certain emblematic works by Picasso like Les Demoiselles d'Avignon or Guernica will be answered by contemporary artworks. The publication will showcase the rich confrontation with Picasso's work undertaken by contemporary artists since the 1960s. Pablo Picasso's vibrant presence struck a chord in the 1960s with the return to Picassien archetypal figures by Pop Art and Narrative Figuration by Warhol, Lichenstein, Equipo Cronica, Erro. Martin Kippenberger's self-portraits reveal the impact of Picasso's public image on the imagination of 20th century artists. David Hockney's Polaroid composites and multi-screen videos echo Picasso's Cubism and his exploration of a polyfocal space. Picasso's stylistic eclecticism, his "cannibalism" of the old masters, the free craftsmanship of the later paintings inspired a new generation of artists like Georg Baselitz, Jean-Michel Basquiat, or Julian Schnabel. Rineke Dijkstra's video installation I See a Woman Crying (Weeping Woman), (2009-2010) will demonstrate the presence of Picasso's work in contemporary imagination, in its most diverse means of expression (cinema, digital images, from videos to comic strips). With works by Francis Bacon, Georg Baselitz, Jean-Michel Basquiat, David Douglas Duncan, Rineke Dijkstra, David Hockney, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Martin Kippenberger, Jeff Koons, Paul McCarthy, Richard Prince, Sigmar Polke, Julian Schnabel, Andy Warhol.
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