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Barnaby Furnas

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Known for his epic canvases, vibrant palette, and explosive brushwork, Barnaby Furnas is one of the most visually audacious painters working today. This first monograph, which spans the course of his skyrocketing career, traces the evolution of his oeuvre and reveals the intricacies of his complex compositions. Dramatic and provocative, the paintings in Barnaby Furnas radiate with frenetic energy and turbulence, while exploring archetypal themes of love, death, and war.
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Overview

Known for his epic canvases, vibrant palette, and explosive brushwork, Barnaby Furnas is one of the most visually audacious painters working today. This first monograph, which spans the course of his skyrocketing career, traces the evolution of his oeuvre and reveals the intricacies of his complex compositions. Dramatic and provocative, the paintings in Barnaby Furnas radiate with frenetic energy and turbulence, while exploring archetypal themes of love, death, and war.
These powerful images, which have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, flirt with the boundaries of abstraction and figuration, while challenging the conventions and limits of expressionist painting. From the apocalyptic violence of epic battlefield scenes to the driving ecstasy of rock concerts, Furnas's paintings are dramatic spectacles of line, color, and movement.

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This is the first monographic catalog of an exciting Brooklyn-based painter who knowingly plays with the modernist conventions of both representational and abstract art. Furnas's powerful canvases weave together both narrative and nonfigurative conventions. For example, Hamburger Hill(2002) is a painting that depicts both images of bloody warfare and abstract patches of startling formal grace. Soldiers fire on one another, and the resulting wounds explode on the canvas in exquisite bursts and bubbly clouds of highly saturated color. Furnas is a master of composition, and his brushwork (or, more precisely, his pouring of paint over the canvas) reworks expressionistic techniques with new power. Along with a competent interpretative essay and an interview with the artist, the text includes over 100 luscious plates. An important and fairly priced purchase for all libraries because it introduces readers to an emerging artist whose work exemplifies significant trends in contemporary painting. Highly recommended.
—Katherine Adams

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810996250
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 10.90 (w) x 12.30 (h) x 2.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Barnaby Furnas has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad. He is represented by Marianne Boesky Gallery, Stuart Shave/Modern Art, and Anthony Meier Fine Arts. Shamim M. Momin is the Associate Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Carroll Dunham is an artist whose work has been widely exhibited internationally.

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