Vitamin P: New Perspectives in Painting Paperback – 22 Jun 2007
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'an obligatory purchase for anyone who buys modern art.'
'the most lavish, comprehensive and useful guide to the new painting'
'Forget C, D and E - P is the only supplement you'll ever need.'
About the Author
Barry Schwabsky is a regular editor and contributor to Artforum magazine, and has worked as an editor and contributor to various other contemporary art magazines for many years. In his writing and criticism, painting is often privileged over other art mediums and young painters do often attract his attention. He contributed to Phaidon's Jessica Stockholder in the Contemporary Artists series in 1995. He has taught at the Yale School of Art and at New York University among other institutions. He lives in London, where he is Visiting Lecturer at the Goldsmiths College. About 30 international authors have written the entries on the 114 artists. Critics, curators, journalists, these authors have been chosen for their knowledge of contemporary art and painting.
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Reviewer : aging fine art student
I love this book and refer to it constantly. It is a treasure trove of images with comprehensive information about each painter and her or his work. The narratives, contributed by international artists, critics, curators and academics, cover influences and statements about the paintings as well as biographical information.
It's definitely a fairly detailed reference work rather than a coffee table book (if you want something to leave open looking trendy and knowledgeable something like Hoptman's 'Eight Propositions' might be a better buy). As a large, thick, heavy paperback I find it doesn't lie open well. The text is dense in a tiny font, making it quite difficult to browse, although the layout is attractive and the images large and very well reproduced.
I put off getting this for some time wanting to make sure that the books that I bought were those that I would enjoy and use regularly. I find that I go back to it several times a day at the moment for themes, research, techniques and the language of the current art scene. Sounds like its time I got a new book - but this really is a seminal work and exceptional value for money.
Yet today, realistic portraiture, landscape and scenery paintings remain the kinds of painting that are the most appreciated and most requested by the public and by specific collectors.
"Contemporary" does indeed have a broader meaning than merely "conceptual", but one cannot tell from this book.
If you're looking for a book that has all kinds of contemporary art, including contemporary realism, this book is not for you.
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I absolutely love this book - so many ideas and great for inspirationPublished 4 months ago by Nobby noname
Great book. Wish the written words were bigger, and I had taken the reviews that pointed this out more seriously.Published 10 months ago by trudisketcher66