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There are a number of living artists whose reputations are solid but whose work is sadly unknown outside the art world. Fortunately, the "Contemporary Artists" series will go far to correct that. Affordable, thoroughly illustrated in color, these books provide maximum exposure for the price. Although this is enough to make the series worthy of consideration, it is important to point out what makes it unique. Each volume includes writings by the artists whenever possible. Of the two considered here, painter/printmaker Spero and photographer Wall, the latter is the more verbally prolific. In addition, a piece of literature was preselected by the artist to use as a tool for discussion. Put this together with essays by curators and critics, interviews from throughout the artist's career, and a handy chronology and you get an interesting, overall view of the artist. This multifaceted approach is rewarding not only for its comprehensive view of each individual artist but also because it allows each book in the series to vary according to its subject's strengths. A work in progressthese are the fifth and sixth titles, respectivelythis series is a practical buy for most libraries but is especially recommended for academic and large public libraries.Susan M. Olcott, Columbus Metropolitan Lib., Ohio
Wall is a Canadian artist/art historian/theorist who deploys state-of- the-art film and computer technology while invoking the composition, scale, and subject matter of such painters as Vel<'a>zquez, Goya, and Manet. This presentation includes an interview with the artist and two interpretive essays, writings by Pascal and Kafka selected by the artist, and selections of the artist's own writings on subjects that include "Photography and Liquid Intelligence," "The Interriorized Academy," and "Representation, Suspicions, and Critical Transparency." Wall's strange and eery compositions are presented in a 10x12<"> format, which probably can only suggest their "live" impact as giant transparencies mounted on light boxes. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780914357476
  • Publisher: Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Pages: 162

Table of Contents

Interview 6
The Mainstream and the Crooked Path 24
Life without Shadows 56
Pensees, 1658 (extract) 72
Troubles of a Householder, 1919 72
Gestus, 1984 76
Unity and Fragmentation in Manet, 1984 78
Photography and Liquid Intelligence, 1989 90
An Outline for a Context for Stephan Balkenhol's Work, 1988 94
A Guide to the Children's Pavilion (a collaborative project with Dan Graham, extract), 1989 102
The Interiorized Academy, 1990 104
Representation, Suspicions and Critical Transparency, 1990 112
Restoration, 1994 126
About Making Landscapes, 1995 140
Chronology 148
Bibliography 160
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