Tania Kovats

Tania Kovats
Library Shelf Location 18.KOVA
Publication Date 2011
Description After completing her MA at the Royal College of Art in 1990, Tania Kovats (b.1966) won the Barclays Young Contemporaries award at the Serpentine Gallery in 1991. The intervening years have seen Kovats' early artistic promise grow and develop and today she stands as an important figure within British contemporary art. This monograph, the first of its kind, is a much-needed addition to the scant literature available on this original artist. The highly controversial Virgin in a Condom introduced Kovats' work to the wider artistic community. However, this piece is unrepresentative of an oeuvre which is dominated by the artist's primary interest in the landscape. Her sculptural forms and drawings are pre-occupied with the earth's shifting geology - cliff edges, canons, coastlines feature often. Rock formations such as the basalt columar landscapes of the Isle of Staffa and the Devil’s Post Pile in California are among her inspirations, as is the British Isles (one body of drawings mapped every individual, rock outcrop or island that surrounds mainland Britain). Like the natural world which inspires it, Kovats' work is constantly shifting. This insightful monograph reveals the twists and turns of the artist's career to date - from her creations as fledgling artist to Kovats' most recent successes which include her travelling meadow and the prestigious commission, to mark the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth, to create a permanent work in London's Natural History Museum. For all those interested in contemporary British art, this book is an essential purchase. Contents: Foreword, Paul Bonaventura; The tangled bank: Some thoughts on some works by Tania Kovats, Jeremy Millar; Plates; Something against nothing, Philip Hoare; Plates; All the islands of all the oceans, canals, chalk downland, meadows and woods, Tania Kovats; Biographies. About the Author: Jeremy Millar is an artist, curator and writer. From 1995 to 2000 he was Programme Organiser at The Photographers' Gallery where he curated many exhibitions. Millar has published over eighty texts in a number of interational publications and his books include Peter Fraser (2002) and Place (with Tacita Dean, 2005). Philip Hoare is a writer and critic. His books include Noel Coward: A Biography (1995); England's Lost Eden: Adventures in a Victorian Utopia (2005) and Leviathan or, The Whale (2008), which won the 2009 Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction.
ISBN 9781848220782
Quantity 1
Pages 144
Authors Philip Hoare, Jeremy Millar
Format Hardback
Publishers Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford, Lund Humphries Publishers
Related Artist Tania Kovats
Categories Drawing, Sculpture
Keywords Landscapes (representations), Geology, Natural History, Natural forms
Artist's Nationality British/UK
Language English

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