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A Brush with the Real: Figurative Painting Today

A Brush with the Real: Figurative Painting Today
Library Shelf Location 20.VALL
Publication Date 2014
Description

This book 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.

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.

Contents:

pt. 1. Life & The Meaning Of Life In The Labyrinth Of Images. Chapter Introduction ; Eduardo Berliner ; Anna Bjerger ; Guillaume Bresson ; Andy Denzler ; Jeremy Geddes ; Luka Kurashvili ; Jerome Lagarrigue ; Ulrich Lamsfuss ; Marcin Maciejowski ; Harding Meyer ; Justin Mortimer ; Muntean and Rosenblum ; Benjamin Rubloff ; Wilhelm Sasnal ; Li Songsong ; Wayne Toepp ; Jonathan Wateridge ; James White ; Uwe Wittwer -- pt. 2. Unstill Lives. Chapter Introduction ; Ayman Baalbaki ; Francois Bard ; Kevin Cosgrove ; Cynthia Daignault ; Tim Eitel ; Zhang Enli ; Maya Gold ; Oda Jaune ; Chantal Joffe ; Thoralf Knobloch ; Ronald Ophuis ; Jina Park ; Till Rabus ; Alessandro Raho ; Serban Savu ; Lynette Yiadom-Boakye ; Liu Xiadong ; Caroline Walker ; Dan Witz -- pt. 3. New Pastoral & Other Imagined Realities. Chapter Introduction ; Toshimitsu Baba ; Jules de Balincourt ; Amy Bennett ; David Brian Smith ; Jonas Burgert ; Kent Dorn ; Joyce Ho ; Sigrid Holmwood ; Josephine King ; Masakatsu Kondo ; Nicholas McLeod ; Hesam Rahmanian ; Simon Willems.

 

 

ISBN 9781780672830
Quantity 1
Pages 320 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm.
Authors Marc Valli, Margherita Dessanay
Format Hardback
Publisher Laurence King Publishing Ltd, London
Category Painting
Keywords Figurative Art, Photorealism (fine arts style)

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