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Spanish artist Antonio Lopez Garcia gets his due in this excellent art book/catalogue that accompanied a far-ranging exhibit of his work at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 2008. There are 160 pages of well-chosen examples of his drawings, paintings and sculpture in this book. The color illustrations are very well done.
Lopez Garcia is known as a realist painter, but he has dabbled with surrealism, pre-Raphaelite/symbolism and modernist themes. His monumental cityscapes are wonderfully evocative, but his intimate interiors are just as interesting and beautiful.
A terrific artist who deserves more exposure in the U.S. This book helps that cause and should be any serious art book collection.
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Why so inexpensive when the Rizolli book is $400+? Size. This is a small book at 6 3/4 by 8 1/4. I appreciate anything I can get on the artist, but the person who put this book together should have considered the stature of this artist. In my opinion and I am far from alone, he is one of our very best painters/sculptors living today.
ANOTONIO LOPEZ is profoundly respected in Spain and occupies rooms in the museums in Madrid. Known primarily to atists and art historians in this country, Antonio Lopez is a painter who deserves world acclaim. His style is representational with patience of observation of an object over long periods of time that imbues his work with an honesty that places him among the masters. So true is his perception that a fine film - 'The Quince Tree of the Sun' - has been made of his prolonged painting of a Quince, proping up the branch of the selected fruit as its weight increases with maturity solely for the purpose of completing his thoughts and painting without resorting to in-studio alterations.
Any book obtainable about this artist would be a must for every sensitive artist and collector. The finest collection of his work is found in the catalogue of his exhibition in Madrid in 1993 at the Reina Sofia and the elements of writing and reproduction are closely seconded by this volume by curator Cheryl Brutvan, a catalogue from his major retrospective in the United States in 2008.
Antonio Lopez paints cityscapes, landscapes, protraits, still lifes, and large canvases that include some surreal elements. His palette is subtle, and his degree of observation is uncanny. If only someone would present this artist in the Americas! Until then, do what you can to obtain any book about his work. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, March 10
I returned this book for the following reasons: the reproductions in it are of no better quality then the ones you can find on the web. I really do not understand why the author chose to represent Garcia's work, which has so much texture and detail in a 600 by 400px format. This book does not provide significant coverage of the scope of Garcia's work either, - the selections seem fairly random and a lot of good works are omitted. All in all this book is a disappointment for some one who is really interested in experiencing the visual wealth of this artist. Buy this book if you want to see postcard sized, mediocre reproductions. If you are really serious about his work I do not recommend it.
This book which accompanied the Boston Museum of Fine Arts exhibit of Antonio Lopez Garcia's work in 2008 fills an important gap in contemporary realism. Lopez Garcia is certainly one of the most empathetic realist of his time, without being sentimental. We have seen little of Lopez Garcia's work here and this book gives the first complete survey of his work. Brutvan connects his painting to the dark mysteries and humanity of Velesques, Ribera and Zubaran but clearly shows how contemporary he is in his images. There are vast cityscapes, his full size open refrigerator and pencil drawing of near empty interiors that seem to run parallel or predate Vija Clemons and Rackstraw Downes. It seems another book comparing his Spanish emotion with other contemporary realists, such as Lucien Freud would be in order. A truly must have for the aficionado of contemporary painting.
He was called the 'greatest realistic artist alive' by Robert Hughes and creates the quintessential blend of realism with haunting viewpoints and twists of light, so ANTONIO LOPEZ GARCIA is a 'must' for any serious art library collection. It gathers under one cover the major paintings and drawings of his career, revealing the Spanish artist's methods and adding detailed explanations and explorations of themes to each full-page color image.
Diane C. Donovan California Bookwatch
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