Encounters: New Art from Old

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This book accompanies the exhibition "Encounters: New Art from Old" at the National Gallery in London.

To celebrate the millennium, the National Gallery, London, has commissioned twenty-five of the world's leading contemporary artists to create an entirely new work in response to the Gallery's collection of the greatest European painters of the past. These new works—paintings, drawings, sculpture, photographs, and video—are presented here ...

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Overview

This book accompanies the exhibition "Encounters: New Art from Old" at the National Gallery in London.

To celebrate the millennium, the National Gallery, London, has commissioned twenty-five of the world's leading contemporary artists to create an entirely new work in response to the Gallery's collection of the greatest European painters of the past. These new works—paintings, drawings, sculpture, photographs, and video—are presented here alongside the paintings that inspired them.

Substantial essays on each modern artist, based on in-depth interviews as their works took shape, offer a vivid and privileged understanding of the origin and meaning of the new work, describing how it was made and its relation to other works by the same artist, and the influence, direct or indirect, of the National Gallery's collection.

Whether it be Howard Hodgkin drawing inspiration from Seurat's Bathers or Richard Hamilton employing the latest advances in computer graphics to explore perspective in a church interior by Saenredam, this book offers a thrilling corpus of new work that derives energy and ideas from the art of the past and demonstrates to a wide public its continuing relevance to our own time.

In his introductory essay, Robert Rosenblum surveys the uses made of the past by living artists from the eighteenth century to today's emerging generation. Richard Morphet gives an overview of the new works created for this publication.

The contributing artists are: Frank Auerbach, Balthus, Louise Bourgeois, Anthony Caro, Patrick Caulfield, Francesco Clemente, Stephen Cox, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Lucian Freud, Richard Hamilton, David Hockney, Howard Hodgkin, Jasper Johns, Anselm Kiefer, Kitaj, Leon Kossoff, Christopher Le Brun, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Paula Rego, Antoni Tàpies, Cy Twombly, Euan Uglow, Bill Viola, and Jeff Wall.

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It is paradoxical that a mishandled attempt at a rather interesting concept for a millennium show at the National Gallery, London, should result in such a wonderful catalog. Twenty-five major contemporary artists were commissioned to create new works inspired by great paintings in the National Gallery collection. The artists include both the usual suspects (Francesco Clemente, Anselm Kiefer, Jasper Johns, and Balthus) and the obscure (Euan Uglow, Stephen Cox, and Leon Kossoff). Unfortunately, only three are women, and all of the artists are American or Western European--how interesting it would have been to have Vermeer, Rubens, Turner, and others reinterpreted by artists from vastly different backgrounds. Quibbles aside, the artists have, for the most part, produced fascinating meditations on the message and techniques of the old masters. Inspired by Stubbs, the English master of equine portraiture, Jeff Wall does a wonderful photo of a donkey, while Howard Hodgkins's super pointillist bathing scene is better than Seurat's original. All of the artists have essays explaining their motivation, their history, and those of the painters they chose for inspiration. The numerous color illustrations are of excellent quality. This catalog is recommended both as an examination of select modern and old masters and as an exploration of the nature of inspiration and the forces overt and impalpable that influence it.--David McClelland, Philadelphia Gwathmey Siegel Houses. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300084818
  • Publisher: National Gallery London
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Series: National Gallery London Publications
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 10.19 (w) x 10.32 (h) x 0.97 (d)

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