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William Baziotes, noted American Abstract Expressionist painter, exhibited for the first time in 1936 in a group show at the Municipal Art Gallery, New York.

Sixty years after Peggy Guggenheim first dedicated a solo exhibition to William Baziotes, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection of Venice is mounting the first Baziotes retrospective ever to be presented in Europe. The exhibition catalogue, published in conjunction with the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, brings together 45 paintings and 20 watercolor drawings from important private and public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Detroit Institute of Arts, Tate Modern, and Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

Baziotes met the Surrealist émigrés in New York in the late 1930s and early 1940s, and by 1940 knew Jimmy Ernst, Matta, and Gordon Onslow-Ford. In 1941, Matta introduced Baziotes to Robert Motherwell, with whom he formed a close friendship. André Masson invited Baziotes to participate with Motherwell, David Hare, and others in the 1942 exhibition First Papers of Surrealism at the Whitelaw Reid Mansion in New York. In 1943, he took part in two group shows at Peggy Guggenheim's Art of This Century, New York, where his first solo exhibition was held the following year. With Hare, Motherwell, and Mark Rothko, Baziotes founded the Subjects of the Artist school in New York in 1948.

Exhibition venue: Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, September 4, 2004 – January 9, 2005
Michael Preble served as the Deputy Director for Programming and the Director of the Museum School for the Arkansas Arts Center. He has received honors and awards as a writer, curator, and speaker, and he is author of the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of Baziotes.

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Pages   133
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 9.75" Height: 11.5"
Weight:   2.5 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 8, 2005
Publisher   Skira
ISBN  8876240519  
ISBN13  9788876240515  

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colorist &eclectic  Aug 5, 2006
Years ago Art News published an article on artists and creativity. Baziotes's statement showed him to be a man of few words. I remember he liked some French artists: Bonnard and Seurat. Only now is Bonnard getting the exposure he deserves with many books on him now.Bonnard was eclectic ,as Baziotes is. Both developed personal work,...original.Preble wrote more about Baziotes in a previous book. This book is better than the early catalogue by Preble because of the color repros.Ad Reinhardt complained of the ethics of some of the Abstract Painters,who talk of ethics. Baziotes we know from this book and other catalogues was sincere. He used color with emotions that were true to himself.
Beautiful collection of 28 years of Baziotes' work  Mar 14, 2006
William Baziotes, like other first generation Abstract Expressionists, was influenced by the European surrealists and their notions of evoking the unconscious, such as use of automatic writing/drawing. These European surrealists and their American counterparts were influenced by the rich psychology of the unconscious developed by Carl Jung.

Under these influences and within the community of New York artists, the early works of Rothko, Matta, Pollock, and Gorky all have that wild mixture of mythology, dream, and unconscious content. Gradually these influences are integrated into the mature styles of the artists, such as Rothko's movement toward vast floating color fields and Pollock's movement to the overall drip and spattered canvas. This book documents the work of William Baziotes, the Greek boxer who becomes a painter. Baziotes also developed a mature style out of the rich matter of the unconscious and surrealism, but it remains one degree away from abstraction and retains just the tiny foothold of representation. Baziotes was influenced by Miro to a greater degree than were his colleagues and to some degree his mature work continues to pay homage to Miro's vision. Miro seems to have an unconscious whereby either micro-organisms (bugs) or vague child vision monsters inhabit the field. Baziotes, tapping into a similar vein of influence, develops large canvases with these micro-organisms and monsters reduced to essential structures and placed in a floating world of color-field atmosphere. They never become totally abstract, as did the work of Pollock and Rothko, but retain the odd world of the specimens within the human unconscious. Understanding/appreciating Baziotes helped me understand/appreciate Miro.

This book captures these paintings and watercolors well.

The essays help place Baziotes in the world of his fellow painters, such as Motherwell, Hare, Gorky, Klein, Rothko, Still. One essay in particular documents the relationship between Baziotes and his mentor, Peggy Guggenheim and the circle of artists and collectors that initiated his career. The Guggenheim Foundation sponsored this monograph.

Well worth the price, the monograph is beautifully illustrated and offers a super collection of Baziotes works over a 28 year period.
william baziotes  Jul 28, 2005
This book provides a good overview of the development of William Baziotes. I wish there had been more illustrations of the very ethereal and evocative mature works that he is best known for such as Moby Dick or Grotto. Nonetheless if you are interested in this often overlooked member of the first Abstract Expressionist School this is a good start

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