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Painting People: The State of the Art Hardcover – 2 Oct 2006

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd (2 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500238332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500238332
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 2.9 x 28.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,663,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Accessible and informative and should appeal to all tastes and levels of artistic appreciation' --The Sunday Business Post

'Admirable ... this book is proof that "contemporary" does not have to mean shallow or half-baked' --Artists & Illustrators

'A superbly illustrated book' --10 Magazine

'Eye-opening, well-researched ... spotlights new talent and includes fascinating, little known artists like Benedicte Page alongside current stars like Cecily Brown'
--RA Magazine

About the Author

Charlotte Mullins graduated with first-class honours in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art. She has been editor of Art Review and the V&A Magazine, and is the author of Rachel Whiteread. A highly experienced radio and television broadcaster, she is a regular guest on Radio 4's Front Row and Radio 3's Night Waves.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Reich Claude on 26 Aug 2008
This book is a good survey of contemporary figure painting. After an introduction explaining the author's aim, namely to present those artists who paint the human figure with the idea of engaging wider themes than the mere painting of a portrait ( such as implicit criticism of the violence of our society in Furnas's paintings or the intimacy of the human being in Peyton's portraits), the author divides her book into five chapters in order to study what these wider themes are:

The figure unravelled
The human condition
Other worlds
Folk tales
The past deconstructed.

Lavish illustrations of works by Lucian Freud, Chuck Close, Elizabeth Peyton, John Currin, Barnaby Furnas, Marcel Dzama, Dana Schutz, Lisa Yuskavage, to name but a few, are accompanied by a short (sometimes too short...) text describing either the technique or the objective, or both, of each of the artists mentioned.

More an introduction than an in-depth study, this book makes for good reading and gives a fair overview of the state of contemporary figure painting, whatever your opinion is on the selected artists, of whom one may wonder whether they will all stand the test of time...
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