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Painting is a continually expanding and evolving form of creative expression. The radical changes in the medium that took place in the 1960s and 70s - the period that saw the shift from a modernist to a postmodernist visual language - have led to painting's continued energy and diversity. Suzanne Hudson provides an intelligent and original survey of contemporary painting - a critical snapshot that brings together more than 200 artists from around the world who are defining the painterly ideas and aesthetics of our time. A contextual introduction maps out the history of painting in the modern and postmodern eras, followed by six chapters that explores the themes of appropriation, attitude, production and distribution, the body, painting about painting, and painters who introduce performance, installation and textiles into their work to critique painting itself. Compellingly argued and beautifully illustrated, Painting Now is an invaluable primer on the state of painting today.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition Painting Now: Five Contemporary Artists this book focuses on the recent work of Tomma Abts, Gillian Carnegie, Simon Ling, Lucy McKenzie and Catherine Story, each of whom have developed their own distinctive approaches to painting. It includes in-depth texts and interviews that closely examine the work of each artist, while also providing an opportunity for a wide-ranging and critical discussion about painting today.With contributions by Lizzie Carey-Thomas Curator Contemporary British Art at Tate, Martin Clark Director Bergen Kunsthall, Mark Godfrey Curator International Art at Tate, Simon Grant Editor Tate Etc, Clarrie Wallis Curator Modern and Contemporary British Art at Tate, Andrew Wilson Curator Modern and Contemporary British Art at Tate
The Painting of Modern Life re-examines what has been arguably the most influential development in the history of contemporary painting: the use and translation of photographic imagery. Beginning with seminal photo-inspired works from the early 1960s by painters such as Gerhard Richter, Vija Celmins, Andy Warhol and Malcolm Morley, this title charts the international evolution of this tendency over the past 45 years. Featuring 21 artists whose work draws upon varied photographic sources - from amateur snapshots to news and magazine pictures - this book explores how the significance and content of an image changes dramatically when it is translated into a different medium.It contains 5 essays by the curators, leading art experts and academics concentrate on different decades. The artists' plates are accompanied by short texts sourced from new interviews, referenced texts and essays, where the painters discuss their relation to photographic sources. Richly illustrated with over 100 paintings and source material, this book is a must for anyone interested in painting, photography, visual culture, contemporary history and fashion.
Text by Jason C. Kuo.

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