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Sandra Blow [Hardcover]

Michael Bird
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18 Aug 2005
Sandra Blow (b. 1925) is one of the most important British artists of the last 50 years. During this time of rapid change in the art world, her commitment to abstract painting has resulted in a large and diverse body of work of distinctive power and subtlety. Despite her high reputation, little has previously been published about Blow. This is the first full-length study of her life and art. Lavishly illustrated throughout, it provides the first fully representative selection of works spanning all stages of her career. Michael Bird has worked in close collaboration with the artist and has drawn on a wealth of unpublished material. He explores the crucial importance of abstraction to Blow, and looks in depth at her relationship to other artists including Alberto Burri and Roger Hilton. He also places Blow's work in the context of British and international art movements of the post-war period and late twentieth century. Through close attention to Blow's studio practice, this book provides wide-ranging insights into her creative process. It reveals the intensity of emotional engagement and technical experimentation that lie behind the apparent spontaneity of her vivid handling of materials, colour and form.

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  • Hardcover: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd; illustrated edition edition (18 Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0853319219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0853319214
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 23.3 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,014,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Michael Bird is an author and art historian. He was born in London and educated at Haberdashers' Aske's School and Merton College, Oxford. He has published many books and articles about modern British art, including 'The St Ives Artists: A Biography of Place and Time' (2008) and several monographs. His books set artists' lives and work in the social and cultural landscape of their times: 'art history, like biography or fiction, should be able to draw the reader into a vivid sense of why things happened as they did.' His '100 Ideas that Changed Art' was a Best Books of 2012 choice in the UK and USA and has been translated into seven languages.


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'A fascinating read for any Blow enthusiast.' ----- Cornwall Today

'Bird's lavishly illustrated retrospective text, the first devoted to Blow, finally gives the artist and her large-scale, vividly hued, obdurately abstract work their due... Highly recommended.' ----- Choice

About the Author

Michael Bird is a freelance writer and editor based in St Ives, Cornwall, UK.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book 14 Aug 2007
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An excellent well illustrated book about the life and work of Sandra Blow. I have to admit as a collector of art books she was low down on my radar screen until I found this book. I love it, so will you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 13 July 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Attended a talk about Sandra Blow by the author which, like the book, was excellent.
Very good value publication with plenty of illustrations.
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