Extending the tradition of Phaidon's landmark Art Today, this lavishly illustrated, oversized publication by Godfrey (Conceptual Art) provides a worldwide survey of contemporary painting from the early 1970s to the present. By means of 16 thematic chapters, the author guides readers through the movements and themes of painting and painters over the last 40 years, examining how people experience painting and discussing hundreds of works by more than 250 artists from 30 countries. Godfrey proves that contrary to what critics and others have said, the medium of painting is alive and thriving in the contemporary art world. He presents a broad range of styles, methods, and materials, including chapters covering the global scene, Western traditions, neoexpressionism, photographic painting, pure abstraction, ambiguous abstraction, figurative painting, painting space, landscape, history painting, still-life painting, installation painting, the Leipzig school, and more. VERDICT Authoritative, challenging, and insightful, this book is nicely presented and well written throughout, with value-added features such as a bibliography, a chronology, and brief artist biographies. For general readers, newcomers, students, scholars, professionals, and everyone in between.—Cheryl Ann Lajos, Free Lib. of Philadelphia
From the Publisher
Eyebogglingly global view of the medium in all styles." – The New York Times"
Impeccably curated and exhaustively annotated. Powerful and eyedazzling." – National Public Radio"
Painting Today entertainingly explores how contemporary styles have evolved." – The Times"
An impressive sweep through the evolution of current styles. Sixteen clear, wellargued thematic chapters." – Metro"
Tony Godfrey has assembled a colorful array of artists and distilled them into chapters ... like wandering a vast modern art gallery ... inspiring." – Artists and Illustrators"
Erudite and wide-ranging analysis. An excellent introduction to the contemporary corpus." – Modern Painters"