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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd (21 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500239061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500239063
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 0.3 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Petry's current book - Nature Morte: Contemporary Artists reinvigorate the Still-life tradition has just been published by Thames & Hudson. The hardback is in 4 editions and in 3 languages (English, German and Dutch). His recent book is The Art of Not Making (Thames & Hudson, Hardback, 2011, Paperback, 2012), and Petry had a one-man exhibition at the Palm Springs Art Museum last year. The book that accompanied the show is The Touch of the Oracle, a full colour 144 page monograph of his recent work, available through Thames & Hudson with texts by Adrian George, Katherine Hough, and Petry (ISBN: 978-0-9569116-1-2)

Michael Petry was born in El Paso, Texas (1960) and has lived in London since 1981. He studied at Rice University, Houston (BA), London Guildhall University (MA), and is a Doctor in Arts (Middlesex University). An internationally exhibited multi-media artist, and co-founder of the Museum of Installation, he lectures part time at the Royal Academy Schools, where he is the curator of the Royal Academy Schools Gallery. Petry is a Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors (FRBS) and a Brother of the Art Workers Guild. He was Guest Curator at the KunstAkademi, Oslo, and Research Fellow at the University of Wolverhampton. Petry co-authored Installation Art (1994), and Installation in the New Millennium (2003), and authored Abstract Eroticism (1996) and A Thing of Beauty is...(1997). The Trouble with Michael, a monograph of his practice, was published by Art Media Press in 2001. Petry's book Hidden Histories: 20th century male same sex lovers in the visual arts (2004) is the first comprehensive survey of its kind, and accompanied the exhibition Hidden Histories he curated for The New Art Gallery Walsall. Petry is the Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) London. His two-volume book Golden Rain (2008) accompanied his installation for the On the Edge exhibition for Stavanger 2008, European Capital of Culture. Petry was the first Artist in Residence at Sir John Soane's Museum (2010/11), and the catalogue Smoke & Mirrors (2011) documents his two shows there: Touching the Neoclassical & the Romantic, and Bad Seed.


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Lively ... a cabinet of curiosities, both beautiful and weird. --Peter Conrad, The Observer

Proving that there's still life in the tradition of still life ... extravagantly illustrated. --Time Out

A daring, convincing and completely on-point collection of modern still-life ... Michael Petry's commentary is perfect throughout. --fad website.com

Nature Morte provides those with a love of rotting flesh, creepy Christian dogma and all things decrepit, disturbing and decaying an indulgent collection of beautiful underworldly delights. --Dazed Digital

Thought-provoking and richly visual ... visually stunning and timely book --Artdaily.com

Beautifully illustrated book. --Crafts

Puts contemporary still-life back on its pedestal. --Art Quarterly

The Old Masters have had a makeover. --The Daily Telegraph

The still-life medium gets a makeover ... full of images by star names. --Elle Decoration

Highlights the rich tradition that looms behind even the starkest conceptual art. --World of Interiors

The publishers have created a sumptuous book ... gives us a real insight into how artists think and interpret this very real theme. --Gazette & Herald (Ryedale)

Puts contemporary still-life back on its pedestal. --Art Quarterly

The Old Masters have had a makeover. --The Daily Telegraph

The still-life medium gets a makeover ... full of images by star names. --Elle Decoration

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By melissa jane moore on 16 Feb 2014
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Really nice overview of the genre, good range of artists and illustrations, well written texts. concise but substantial, very good
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Great selection of illustrations with a broad representation of disciplines. Text could be developed further but gives a reasonable overview of the genre in a contemporary context.
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very well written and thought provoking- it helps elucidate links between contemporary practice and tradition and in doing so makes both aspects more fascinating. Its a vast book but leaves you wanting to investigate further- it opens up a neglected field and makes you keen.
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By Ms. Jennifer Rowse on 16 Nov 2014
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just beautiful, loads if inspiration for my students.
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Amazon.com: 4 reviews
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A must for Art lovers. 29 Jan 2014
By Cleo F. Copeland - Published on Amazon.com
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Everything as wonderful as the reviews I read ! So much information & gorgeous photos ..like to look a little at a time .
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Beautiful Monograph on Contemporary Still Life 16 Mar 2014
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The printing is gorgeous, the writing is fabulous. If you are interested in contemporary still life art, this is a great book for your collection or coffee table.
Beautiful 20 April 2014
By mary lou tosques - Published on Amazon.com
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Great reproductions. Colors are vivid and work is layed out beautifully. A pleasure to study seriously or just to browse through.
Good book, fast delivery, as described! 22 Aug 2014
By Alison Bongiorno - Published on Amazon.com
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Product came as described-good quality...and an excellent book! Quickly fulfilled the order.
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