Robert Therrien

Overview

Robert Therrien takes ordinary objects and makes them unfamiliar, removing functionality to reveal metaphoric associations in them. Such works include his series of monumental tables and chairs, giant-sized stacks of pots, plates and bowls, and fifteen-foot fake beards hanging on their stands, among other works. Expertly photographed, with an insightful interview by art historian and theorist Norman Bryson, this is the first major book to examine Therrien’s unique body of work. Planned to coincide with the ...

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Overview

Robert Therrien takes ordinary objects and makes them unfamiliar, removing functionality to reveal metaphoric associations in them. Such works include his series of monumental tables and chairs, giant-sized stacks of pots, plates and bowls, and fifteen-foot fake beards hanging on their stands, among other works. Expertly photographed, with an insightful interview by art historian and theorist Norman Bryson, this is the first major book to examine Therrien’s unique body of work. Planned to coincide with the exhibition of Therrien’s sculptures in May 2008 at Gagosian Gallery in New York City, this volume is a must-have for anyone interested in contemporary art including sculpture, painting, drawing, and photography.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847831647
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 12.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Therrien lives in Los Angeles and is represented in major museum collections internationally. He is known primarily as a sculptor, although he has worked in painting, drawing, printmaking, and photography. Norman Bryson is a Professor in the Department of Visual Arts, University of California San Diego. An art historian and theorist, Bryson has published widely in the areas of eighteenth-century art history, critical theory, and contemporary art. Margit Rowell is an American curator. She retired as chief curator of drawing at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 2002. She has published several books of contemporary art.

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Table of Contents

Private Fables/Collective Histories 22

The Art of Robert Therrien Margit Rowell Rowell, Margit

Tables and Chairs 36

Plates 64

Disc Carts 86

Pots and Pans 94

Red Room 116

List of Works 129

Robert Therrien and the Taming 132

Power of the Small Norman Bryson Bryson, Norman

Biography 146

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