Tomma Abts

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This volume on Tomma Abts (b. 1967) will be published in conjuction with the exhibition of the same name that will be on display at New York's New Museum of Contemporary Art from 9 April to 29 June 2008. It explores how the artist creates forms that delight the eye and challenge the mind. While working within strict parameters, Abts has reinvented abstraction for the twenty-first century.

This is the first monograph on Abts, providing an ...
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Overview

This volume on Tomma Abts (b. 1967) will be published in conjuction with the exhibition of the same name that will be on display at New York's New Museum of Contemporary Art from 9 April to 29 June 2008. It explores how the artist creates forms that delight the eye and challenge the mind. While working within strict parameters, Abts has reinvented abstraction for the twenty-first century.

This is the first monograph on Abts, providing an extensive overview of more than ten years of work. It includes illuminating essays by three top critics, as well as full color reproductions of virtually every painting and drawing made by the artist since 1997.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714848822
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Pages: 135
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Hoptman is Senior Curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, where her exhibitions have included 'Unmonumental' (2007), accompanied by a book published by Phaidon, which she co-curated with Richard Flood and Massimiliano Gioni, and 'Tomma Abts' (2008), the artist's first major exhibition in the United States. In addition to writing for a range of contemporary art magazines, she contributed to Yayoi Kusama (2000), also published by Phaidon.

Bruce Hainley is Contributing Editor at Artforum magazine and author of the books Foul Mouth (2006) and Art: A Sex Book (2003, with John Waters).

Jan Verwoert is Contributing Editor at Frieze magazine. He writes regularly for a range of art publications, and is the author of Bas Jan Ader: In Search of the Miraculous (2006). He teaches art and art theory at the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, and the Royal College of Art, London.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Lisa Phillips Phillips, Lisa 6

Acknowledgments Laura Hoptman Hoptman, Laura 8

Tomma Abts: Art for an Anxious Time Laura Hoptman Hoptman, Laura 10

Paintings 17

The Beauty and Politics of Latency: On the Work of Tomma Abts Jan Verwoert Verwoert, Jan 92

Drawings 99

Margit Carstensen's Blog Bruce Hainley Hainley, Bruce 120

Biography 132

Bibliography 133

Contributors 135

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