No.1: First Works of 362 Artists

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Sincere and ironic. Hip and stodgy. Academic still lifes and ready to hang museum pieces. When you ask over 300 artists, "What was your first work of art?" the results are vast. An inspirational collection, No.1: First Works by 362 Artists showcases works by a variety of contemporary painters, photographers, sculptors and filmmakers. The artists were asked to submit what they considered their "first" work of art--not necessarily the first piece they ever created, but the one that first successfully represented ...
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Sincere and ironic. Hip and stodgy. Academic still lifes and ready to hang museum pieces. When you ask over 300 artists, "What was your first work of art?" the results are vast. An inspirational collection, No.1: First Works by 362 Artists showcases works by a variety of contemporary painters, photographers, sculptors and filmmakers. The artists were asked to submit what they considered their "first" work of art--not necessarily the first piece they ever created, but the one that first successfully represented who they are as an artist today. Some of the works are first "mature" works, others are seminal or pivotal, others are catalysts, some are new beginnings. These submissions, along with written artists' statements, make up this fascinating look at the process of art-marking. Among the artists included are Vito Acconci, Kutlug Ataman, Fiona Banner, Nayland Blake, Louise Bourgeois, Vija Celmins, Judy Chicago, John Currin, Amy Cutler, Martin Creed, Tacita Dean, Wim Delvoye, Mark Dion, Mitch Epstein, Larry Fink, Tom Friedman, Hans Haacke, Ann Hamilton, Gary Hill, Roni Horn, Callum Innes, Joan Jonas, Anish Kapoor, Mary Kelly, Yayoi Kusama, Alfred Leslie, Glenn Ligon, Barry McGee, Tracey Moffatt, Shirin Neshat, Gabriel Orozco, Roxy Paine, Richard Prince, Dorothea Rockburne, Tom Sachs, Kiki Smith, Pat Steir, Juergen Teller, Fred Tomaselli, Rosemarie Trockel, Tunga, Luc Tuymans, Gus Van Sant, John Waters, John Wesley, Sue Williams, Fred Wilson, Lisa Yuskavage and Andrea Zittel. No.1 is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in art and the process of discovery and creation.
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This entertaining compilation is the result of an unusual procedure: editors Richer and Rosenzweig (both art directors for various publications) contacted contemporary artists with successful careers and posed the question, "What was your first work of art?" The 362 artists who responded are presented in alphabetical order, with a reproduction of the work selected and a written statement by the artist about that work. The result is a sort of smorgasbord of international contemporary art, with the greatest emphasis on U.S. artists (particularly those working in New York City), followed by Western European artists. Included are many long-established artists (e.g., Chuck Close, Dale Chihuly, and Mark di Suvero), along with many others who are less well known. Both common media (e.g., painting, sculpture, video, photography) and unusual ones (e.g., thread, stamping, a suit of clothing) are displayed. Suitable for a broad range of readers, from the merely curious to those already knowledgeable in the field, and for both public and academic libraries, including high schools. Kathryn Wekselman, M.Ln., Cincinnati Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594489108
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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