Nature Morte: Contemporary artists reinvigorate the Still-Life tradition

Nature Morte: Contemporary artists reinvigorate the Still-Life tradition
Library Shelf Location 06.STIL
Publication Date 2013
Description This important, timely book reveals in over 400 illustrations how leading artists of the 21st century have reinvigorated a genre previously synonymous with 16th- and 17th-century Old Masters. These audacious new still lifes will redefine what it means to be a work of nature morte, or ‘dead nature’. Whether in painting, photography, sculpture or video, contemporary artists have drawn on a tradition ripe with metaphorical and moral significance to create works of conceptual vivacity and striking beauty. Michael Petry has structured the book according to the classic categories of the still-life tradition – Flora, Food, House and Home, Fauna and Death. Each chapter explores how the timeless symbol of the memento mori – a reminder of death, change and the passing of time – has been rediscovered for a new millennium. Includes works by: John Currin Saara Ekström Elmgreen & Dragset Renata Hegyi Damien Hirst David Hockney Gary Hume McDermott & McGough Beatriz Milhazes Gabriel Orozco Marc Quinn Sophie Calle Cy Twombly Ai Weiwei …and many more Michael Petry is an artist, curator and Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), London. His previous books include The Art of Not Making, published by Thames & Hudson.
ISBN 9780500239063
Quantity 1
Pages 288
Author Michael Petry
Format Hardback
Publisher Thames and Hudson Ltd, London
Category Art by Subject
Keyword Still lifes
Language English

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