Item description for Odd Nerdrum: Themes by Odd Nerdrum...
Themes is the most comprehensive collection of Odd Nerdrum's works ever published. Its 500 pages are filled with sketches, drawings and studies, along with excellent reproductions of the artist's most important and most recent finished works. A wide selection of close-up details offers the tightest possible view of Nerdrum's brushstrokes, which will be of particular interest to students--those who wish to learn his modern take on the Old Master style just as they would learn from the work of the Old Masters themselves. The selection is the artist's own, divided into 20 chapters devoted to space, nudes, portraits and other topics, and presented chronologically within each chapter to show the development of specific motifs over the course of his career. This structure and the wide range of work present provoke new insights into the central themes in Nerdrum's work, and his treatment of them from first sketches to final canvases. Nerdrum's latest works--more than 40 paintings in all, dating from the last five years--are presented here for the first time. They complete an unprecedented overview of his oeuvre, a must for everyone interested in the how and why behind one of today's most controversial and celebrated painters.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.75" Width: 11.5" Height: 12.5" Weight: 9.15 lbs.
Release Date Apr 15, 2007
Publisher Press Publishing
ISBN 8275472261 ISBN13 9788275472265
Reviews - What do customers think about Odd Nerdrum: Themes?
Wonderful May 10, 2008
I am a russian, so I am not enogh good in english. But this book contain a little of words and a lot of beautiful images This is one of the bect books in my library. Ullustration are wery good and blow-ups show all art kinetics of Nerdrum. By the way - book is very cheap. Similar books in Russia cost at last two times more!
Dissappointing Mar 15, 2008
Warning: If you already have the 2001 book by Richard Vine on Odd Nerdrum this book will mostly just be redundant. And if you don't have either i would recommend getting the 2001 book first, and only . I was highly disappointed when i finally got the chance to look through this book. I was expecting a collection of new and never before seen paintings but instead found that it was mostly just full of paintings shown in the Richard Vine book, and the reproductions are far inferior and include far fewer closeups. The main disappointment was that it contained only a handful of new or recent paintings, though it did contain some old paintings that i hadn't seen before. It also contains fewer drawings than the previous book. It also misleadingly lists 'Sculptures' in the title when only containing 3 or 4 tiny sculptures of faces and cacoon-like babies. One good thing about this book however is that it includes a lot of thumbnails and quick sketches of ideas for his paintings, giving an insight into his working process.
This is not a bad book, just a little disappointing and not as good as it should have been. And again, if you have the 2001 book, you won't find much new here.
Excellent Jan 25, 2008
Odd Nerdrum is the most talented artist alive today -- though he feels he's been ostracized by the art community to the point he rejects his work to be called art. His work is kitsch he says (which I find rather silly but apparently it is an art movement). I've yet to come across a painter with such interesting work. As a warning it can be graphic. Nerdrum is not shy about painting the male body, disfigured bodies, and people defecating.
Many of the paintings are masterpieces. What's disappointing is the lack of commentary. Nerdrum says his work hides nothing -- therefore what requires explanation? A lot. His paintings appear to be highly symbolic; for example, the man on the road -- disfigured with guts spilling out -- was actually Andy Warhol and his rejection of the modern art movement. There are other paintings of fathers finding sons, certainly a reference to his own personal life...
overall I could not give this master anything less than 5 stars with a book so very reasonably priced!
bold, heavy and beautiful Aug 31, 2007
Ok, so now there are two great huge books on Nerdrum. One by Richard Vine and now this one. If you are a Nerdrum freak you might as well buy both, but if you have to choose one, here's the facts. The 'Themes' book has more paintings than Vine's book as there are about 100 pages more in it. And though both books have good close ups, 'Themes' has more and better details for those artist who wish to torture themselves drooling over Nerdrum brushwork. However, Vine's book has the better quality reproductions. The color has more lustre, and the colors in 'Themes" seems just a bit too dark at times, plus a couple of the close ups are slightly out of focus. Both books are great in that they consist almost entirely of pictures only. But though the article by Richard Vine is insightful and informative, the article in 'Themes' sucks, being a kind of attempt at lashing back at the narrow critics who have been biting at Nerdrums heels since the day he invited them to do so. I don't see why Nerdrum, given that he is the greatest painter of today and possibly equal to any of the past, should give a damn about their existence.
So pick your choice and celebrate the fact that modern art is dying, while true painting lives on.
Wonderful! Jul 8, 2007
This book is definitely for those who not only love Odd Nerdrum's paintings but are interested in seeing the brushstrokes that create his magnificent creations.
The whole book is photos with many detail shots. This is a must see book for the modern painter.