Flower

Flower

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by Christopher Beane
     
 

A dazzling, sensuous celebration of color and form by the photographer whom Architectural Digest described as "the love child of Georgia O'Keeffe and Robert Mapplethorpe."

"When I agreed to write an essay for Beane's book," recounts Anthony F. Janson, esteemed curator and professor, "I had no idea I would be writing about one of the greatest photographers

Overview

A dazzling, sensuous celebration of color and form by the photographer whom Architectural Digest described as "the love child of Georgia O'Keeffe and Robert Mapplethorpe."

"When I agreed to write an essay for Beane's book," recounts Anthony F. Janson, esteemed curator and professor, "I had no idea I would be writing about one of the greatest photographers I have ever run across. It was easy enough for me to locate his position in the history of photography and art as a whole. I saw its importance immediately. Such an approach hardly begins to meet the challenge of explaining his work."

With intensity, vision, and expressiveness Christopher Beane captures the beauty, and the bizarre, of the botanical. He concentrates on the overlooked detail: the veins of dehydrated petals, the textures of poppy stamens, the infinite compositions vines create, and the multiple layers that constitute a ranunculus. In 150 photographs, Flower explores the precious and perishable nature of flowers—seed pods burst open, withered leaves curl, and frilly petals unfurl. Anthony F. Janson contributes a rich and engaging overview of the core ideas that define Beane's art, offering the reader a context for thinking about this unique work, while he chronicles its development.

A thing of beauty, Flower is the gift book everyone will welcome—a testament to the remarkable talent of Christopher Beane and his passionate vision.

Editorial Reviews

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"An oeuvre of amazing range and persuasive charm."

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From the Publisher
"An oeuvre of amazing range and persuasive charm."
Elle Decor
Library Journal

In 1993, because the early hours would give him long afternoons to work in his photography studio, design school graduate Beane sought employment in New York City's wholesale flower market. Soon enough, he was taking his work home with him, training his lens on elaborately beautiful and variable blossoms. This monograph documents 15 years of this talented photographer's ceaseless experimentation with, and extraordinary expansion of, one of art's most traditional topics. Rarely in an art book are readers treated to such a revealing window into the development of a gifted virtuoso like Beane. Renowned art historian Janson's accompanying text cultivates attention as it observes Beane's gradual and deliberate advancement from sterile black-and-white botanical silhouettes to vividly colored floral portraits. Once Beane had succeeded with color, his work took an ominous turn as he experimented with exquisite washed-out depictions of dying plants. These dried petals, leaves, and stems gain in significance once we learn they were created right before Beane was diagnosed with Stage IV lymphoma (from which he recovered). The volume closes with a haunting tableau titled Lilies Under Apocalyptic Sky, a powerful conclusion to a book that is itself an allegory for transience and mortality.
—Douglas F. Smith

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781579653521
Publisher:
Artisan
Publication date:
04/28/2008
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
10.50(w) x 12.20(h) x 0.80(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Beane's intensely imaginative photographs both connect us with the rich historical tradition of flower photography and lay the groundwork for its future. —John W. Smith, Director, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institute

Beane gives fresh meaning to the medium as a whole. Just when one thinks there is nothing new under the sun, his work makes even the most jaded viewer sit up ad take notice—Anthony F. Janson, from the text of Flower

Christopher Beane seems to have achieved the impossible, striking a perfect balance between realism and abstraction to create a highly original body of work—Joseph Jacobs, author of Since the Harlem Renaissance and This is Not a Photograph

Meet the Author

Christopher Beane is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and has a background in portrait and figurative photography. After stumbling into a job in New York City's bright and offbeat flower market, Beane became obsessed with the botanical. This retrospective of his explorations over the last 12 years captures floral expression at its most remarkable.

Anthony F. Janson is co-author with H. W. Janson of the seminal text History of Art.

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Flower 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Shooter More than 1 year ago
This book contains the most amazing floral pictures I have ever seen. I am now in the process of reading Anthony Janson's text and have already bought some flowers from the local florist to attempt to come close to understanding the techniques. Beane is a genius!

I have taken what I thought were some very good flower pictures in the past year. Now I can see how far I have to go to really be able to do this. I would recommend this book to every photographer.
mickis-art More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this terrific photo essay of flowers which was done in an original way. I am an artist and I have gotten inspiration for new paintings from this book. I have also shown it to fellow artists who have also been impressed by this book. I would recommend it as a coffee table book, gift and just an inspiration.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was on the bargain table! Can yo believe that! It is full of STUNNING photos. Most of these could be framed, if you were willing to cut your book. I purchased it just for the beauty and artistic inspiration. Got one for me, and one for a friend as a gift. She likes to paint. The photos are fabulous inspirations of color and texture. Just a feast for the eyes. I cannot put do the beauty of this book justice with words.
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