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Painting People: Figure Painting Today [Hardcover]

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After a century in which the lexicon of artists' materials expanded from the classic oil, canvas, stone and plaster to include photography, film, performance, found objects and concepts, the spotlight has finally swung back. A new generation of artists--as well as some who never abandoned figurative painting in the first place--is relishing the solitary, slow, subtle set of processes involved in not just painting, but painting people. They are choosing paint's unique ability to distill a lifetime of events rather than photography's glimpse of a frozen moment. Painting People, edited by the prominent London art historian and critic Charlotte Mullins, unites and contrasts the work of a key group of artists from around the world, and investigates their richly varied accomplishments in lucid text with detailed commentaries, accompanied by more than 150 reproductions. The list of contributing artists is stellar, ranging from photo-based painters like Luc Tuymans, Peter Doig and Marlene Dumas to Pop artists like Sigmar Polke and Alex Katz, photorealists like Chuck Close and Gerhard Richter, Neoexpressionists like Cecily Brown, and comics-inspired painters like Yoshitomo Nara, Inka Essenhigh and Takashi Murakami. There are erotic grotesques from John Currin and Lisa Yuskavage, meditations on the muse by Elizabeth Peyton and Lucian Freud, "Repro-realistic" work from Neo Rauch and of course self-portraits by Philip Akkerman and Marcel Dzama, among others.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.9" Width: 9.4" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   2.85 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 15, 2006
Publisher   D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc.
ISBN  1933045388  
ISBN13  9781933045382  

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1Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Museums & Collections > General
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Great Diversity  May 1, 2008
Wonderful diversity of portraits. Discovered many new artists I wasn't aware of and want to learn more about. One of the best art books I've purchased.
Painting People  Apr 6, 2008
Excellent book for professors who teach figure drawing and figure painting. Great resource of contemporary artists who work in figurative portraiture.
Nothing daring....  Feb 10, 2008
I am always interested in artists whose work includes the human figure. I bought this book without seeing the contents, but figured that with a John Currin on the cover it had to be good. It did include a good range of artists, but I was disappointed to see some of the images. It seemed like the author selected PG versions of the paintings or at least the more PG work by many of the artists.
Very Current   Dec 17, 2007
Very current (mostly) and well presented.

Favorites; Eric Fischl, Lucian Freud, Chuck Close, John Currin,Barnaby Furnas

Steven Gefrom
Remember you can't JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER.  Nov 18, 2007
Geez, a couple of the other reviewers are complaining the cover of this art book is misleading. Didn't somebody teach them in grade school you cannot judge a book by its cover?

John Currin is only one of at least a dozen artists featured in this book. So there is a lot of different kinds of painting featured here, so if you only like classical portriature or very realistic painting, you are in the wrong place! This is for lovers of contemporary art, including some of the current greats, ie Cecily Brown, Yan Pei-Ming, etcetera and so on.

While not exactly an exhaustive or investigative feature on contemporary figurative painting, it does hit up a lot of the big names right now and the reproductions are very nice. Each artists gets two or three pages. I would have prefered more. But this modestly sized book is very pretty and fun to flip through and make comparisions.

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