Rackstraw Downes: Onsite Painting, 1972-2008

Rackstraw Downes: Onsite Painting, 1972-2008


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ISBN-13: 9781904832737
Publisher: D Giles Limited
Publication date: 05/18/2010
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 11.30(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Klaus Ottmann is Robert Lehman Curator at Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York, and an independent curator and scholar. He is the author of, most recently, Yves Klein: Works, Writings, Interviews (2010) and Thought Through My Eyes: Writings on Art, 1977-2005 (2006). Sarah Rothenberg is an internationally acclaimed solo and chamber pianist and has served as artistic director of Da Camera, Houston since 1994. She is a frequent performer on Lincoln Center's Great Performers series in New York. Terrie Sultan is Director of Parrish Art Museum. She was director and chief curator of Blaffer Gallery from 2000-8, and curator of contemporary at the Corcoran Gallery of Art from 1988-2000.

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Rackstraw Downes: Onsite Painting, 1972-2008 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
presto on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Published in conjunction with the exhibition Rackstraw Downes: Onsite Paintings, 1972-2008 (June-August 2010, Parrish Art Museum, NY). Klaus Ottomann writes about Downes' work and what has influenced his work; and Sarah Rothenberg considers the role of time in visual perception. There is also an interview with the artist.The book is illustrated in colour throughout, over 40 pictures accompany the text, and there are 25 colour plates. There is a bibliography, but no index.The contributions from Ottomann and Rothenberg make interesting reading, but the interview with Downes is perhaps the most revealing. However there are several shortcomings here. The omission of any sort of index is frustrating at best, and at worst seriously hampers its use as a research tool. Most of the illustrations are small, even the majority of the plates are smaller than the page otherwise allows; of course in some cases the format of the painting presents difficulties, but allowing the image to cross the gutter would allow for a much larger picture; this is rarely done. The quality of colour reproduction is far from good, the colours are flat and lack-lustre, without vibrancy, and pictures are often lacking in detail. The omission of any close up detail is strange, with works that are predominantly very large surely it is essential to include a few details in order to convey the true qualities of the work.The book compares unfavourably with Stanford Schwartz Rackstraw Downes (Princeton University Press (18 April 2005) ISBN: 0691120471), especially as regards the quality of the images. I bought this later study for the more recent pictures, and for the half dozen or so post 2005 paintings it is useful, but otherwise I see no reason to buy this over the excellent 2005 Schwartz which suffers none of the shortcomings of this publication.