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Mark Tansey [Hardcover]

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The monumental monochrome paintings of Mark Tansey seem at first to celebrate a landscape's elemental grandeur with photographic accuracy. Icy blues of snow- and oceanscapes show a frozen moment of nature's ungraspability. Then, out of the blue, literally, you make out a face in a large snowball--and not just any face, but Karl Marx's. A vague surfer rides roiling swells around the Statue of Liberty, and the cliff face that climbers are scaling is as impossibly angled as an Escher staircase. Now we realize we're in the same intellectual and often very funny terra infirma of Tansey's earlier quasi-conceptual works, as when he reimagined Picasso and Braque as the Wright brothers trying to get their Cubist plane off the ground. That old and new Tansey territory, a land of slippery perceptions, makes up this survey of an important contemporary American painter.

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Pages   84
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 9.5" Height: 12"
Weight:   1.6 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 15, 2005
Publisher   Kerber
ISBN  3938025115  
ISBN13  9783938025116  

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1Books > Foreign Language Books > German > All German Books
2Books > Foreign Language Books > German > Arts & Photography
3Books > Foreign Language Books > German > Nonfiction
4Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History > Regional > United States
5Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art Instruction & Reference > General
6Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Painting > General
7Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Artists, A-Z > General

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mark tansey  Nov 6, 2007

The quality of the reproductions was not high enough for an art book
Nice publication of some Mark Tansey paintings  Dec 7, 2005
This is an attractive catalogue of an exhibition of seven recent paintings by Mark Tansey that traveled between Kleve and Stuttgart. Aimed at a German audience, the book's primary text is in German but with English translation in smaller type in the "footnote space" (on first glance I thought the whole book was German). The text, in whatever language, pales beside the beautiful reproductions of these monochrome paintings: these are some of Tansey's newer work that involve anamorphic images. (Illustrations of some earlier paintings are also inlcuded with the essays.) Almost as interesting to me were the "studies" for these paintings, reworked collages that show something of Tansey's working methods. I do wish the book had some text about these studies and also wish there were some explanation for the early collages featured as frontispiece and "appendix" to the volume. Instead, we get a listing of all exhibitions, group and solo, that Mark Tansey has been involved with; I know this is a convention of these books, but more information about the works in the volume in this space would have been better... I do wonder about the relationship between this book and the catalogue of Tansey's 2004 Gagosian Gallery exhibition (which I haven't seen) since the authors are the same--are there more pictures in the Gagosian book? Anyway, this is not the big retrospective volume that all red-blooded Tansey fans really want, but is a nice publication of some recent work and well worth buying.

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