Item description for Kitaj: The Architects, Colin St John Wilson and Mj Long by Black Dog Publishing ...
Through a collection of diary extracts written by the subjects themselves, Kitaj The Architects: Colin St John Wilson and MJ Long provides a fascinating insight into the artistic process of a painting in composition.
RB Kitaj started painting The Architects in August of 1979 to celebrate the remodelling of his home by MJ Long. Painted largely without the models present, this portrait of his friends against the backdrop of the stepped bookcase designed for him by Long marks a significant transition in Kitaj's development as an artist. Breaking with his earlier graphic work, Kitaj experimented with technique in search of a renewed artistic vision, arriving at an awkwardness of composition reminiscent of Manet and a colouration inspired by van Gogh. Kitaj: The Architects closely follows this development, documenting each sitting session, from the first preliminary sketches to the final delivery of the painting in late 1981. A thoughtful and revealing take on Kitaj's artistic method, Colin St John Wilson and MJ Long's observations capture the creative process through the explorations of initial ideas, happy accidents, compositional struggles and dissatisfactions, to the finished artefact.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.75" Height: 7.5" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Sep 2, 2008
Publisher Black Dog Publishing
ISBN 1906155445 ISBN13 9781906155445
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Duncan McCorquodale was born in Birmingham, England in 1962. He grew up in England and then Canada, where he pursued his own studies in etching, sculpture and filmmaking. From 1985 to 1989 McCorquodale undertook undergraduate studies in Architecture and Art History at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. From 1989 to 1993 he pursued post-graduate studies in the History and Theory of Architecture at the Architectural Association (AA), London. While at the AA, in 1992, Duncan published his first magazine, ARCH-TEXT. On graduating from the AA in 1993 Duncan began teaching the History and Theory of Architecture to second and third year students at the Bartlett School of Architectcure, London. He also established Black Dog Publishing Limited (BDP) in the same year. He relinquished his teaching post at The Bartlett in 2000 to focus full-time on publishing, developing BDP's now extensive list of titles to include architecture, art, design, music, photography and printmaking.