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Painting Today

Painting Today

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Photo—realism, abstraction, portraiture, installation painting, neo—expressionism and the Leipzig School are just some of the areas of this thriving medium explored in Painting Today. This comprehensive survey of contemporary painting presents the broad range of styles, materials and methods that comprise the artform, extending the tradition of

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Photo—realism, abstraction, portraiture, installation painting, neo—expressionism and the Leipzig School are just some of the areas of this thriving medium explored in Painting Today. This comprehensive survey of contemporary painting presents the broad range of styles, materials and methods that comprise the artform, extending the tradition of Phaidon’s trail–blazing Art Today. Since the proclaimed "death of painting" in 1968, artists around the globe have nevertheless continued to expand its imagery, techniques and meanings, and in over 500 illustrations this book presents the work of both famous and emergent painters active around the world. Tony Godfrey presents a lively and authoritative view of the vast range of possibilities that painting today encompasses.

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Library Journal
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
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Eye—bogglingly global view of the medium in all styles." – The New York Times"

Impeccably curated and exhaustively annotated. Powerful and eye—dazzling." – 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, well—argued 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"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780714846316
Publisher:
Phaidon Press
Publication date:
11/16/2009
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 11.70(h) x 1.90(d)
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Tony Godfrey is Director of Research at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. He has worked at Sotheby’s Institute since 1989, and since 2006 he has also been a Professor of Fine Art at Plymouth University. He has published regularly on contemporary art, publishing a book on painting, The New Image: Painting in the Eighties in 1986, a book on drawing, Drawing Today in 1990 and a book on Conceptual Art, Conceptual Art in 1998 (also published by Phaidon), and frequently reviewing exhibitions for The Burlington Magazine.

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