Life Lessons: The Art of Jerome Witkin / Edition 2

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Often regarded as belonging to an artistic pantheon including the work of Lucien Freud, Manet, Ingres, Goya, and Courbet, Jerome Witkin's paintings range from moody urban landscapes and penetrating portraits to intimate figure studies and vivid, psychologically charged tableaux. This second edition of Life Lessons includes newer work from the last decade, culminating in an enormous six-panel exploration of Dachau's 1945 liberation (Entering Darkness, 2001) - Witkin's summation of a twenty-year series on the Holocaust, considered by critics as among the most compelling paintings made on the subject.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Narrative painting in the United States suffered an eclipse after World War II from which it is only beginning to emerge. Witkin, a midcareer painter and twin to shock photographer Joel-Peter Witkin, has suffered from the prevailing art world contempt for illustration, the epithet often applied to figurative narrative works. Yet the undeniable fluency of his rendering of the human figure and the powerful, almost histrionic subject matter of his paintings have won him an ever-growing reputation. Crowded, painful canvases dealing with torture, death, and sin are balanced by insightful portraits and a fascinating series of works examining the act of painting the female nude. This first book on Witkin is an important contribution to the study of contemporary American figure painting. Recommended for fine arts collections.-David McClelland, Temple Univ. Lib., Philadelphia
A biographical profile of the acclaimed painter (b.1939) and a critical analysis of his intense and disturbing work. Chayat had Witkin's full cooperation, interviewed him many times, and had access to his private journals. Includes 29 color plates, a statement by Witkin on his technique, a chronology, and a listing of selected exhibitions and public collections. 9x10.5" Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815608462
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Colorplates and Figures
List of Donors
I A Painter's Crossing 1
II Brooklyn and Beyond 7
III The Human Condition 25
IV Avatars in Dark Corners 48
V Conclusion 74
Appendix: A Statement on My Technique 83
Chronology 84
Selected Exhibitions 87
Selected Public Collections 90
Notes 91
Bibliography 93
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