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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; First Edition edition (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847827526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847827527
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 9.8 x 11.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #947,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's fitting that Peyton's first major show was in room 828 of Manhattan's fabled Chelsea Hotel, whose residents have included everyone from Thomas Wolfe to Sid Vicious. Her portraits—whether of Edwardian poet Rupert Brooke, Prince Harry or her friends—seem to emerge from the same timeless, eternal bohemia that the hotel exemplifies. The portraits recorded in this lavish volume—small, and painted with an offhand casualness that doesn't quite conceal a formidable technique—are idealized and emotional rather than "warts and all" realistic. Her Kurt Cobain more closely resembles a Renaissance cherub (by way of Walter Keane) than the ravaged child of his videos and photographs; her young Queen Elizabeth is creamy and serene, with none of the real subject's characteristic wariness. But Peyton's art is about emotional truth and visual intensity. If the book has a fault it is a certain sameness and repetition: Peyton's work hasn't developed all that much since the Chelsea Hotel show of 1993, and what in a gallery might surprise and refresh becomes, over the course of 200 pages, cloying. Peyton's achievement is, nonetheless, impressive: she has helped return the painted portrait to the mainstream discourse of American art. (Nov.)
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About the Author

Elizabeth Peyton was born in Danbury, Connecticut and attended the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her work is regularly exhibited at galleries around the world, and is in the collections of some of the world's finest museums, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.
Matthew Higgs is Director of White Columns in New York and a regular contributor to Frieze and Artforum. Steve Lafreniere is a regular contributor to Index and Artforum.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Stephanie Jourdan on April 28, 2009
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This is a beautiful book, but I like her new book better. The new one has photos in the front of the book that enable you to see the originals. This one has some great paintings that are not in the new one, so still worth getting. This one has captions of the subject next to the plate whereas you have to look the info up in the back in the new one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Reich Claude on May 19, 2007
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A wonderful book that traces Elizabeth Peyton's career back to the early nineties when she started making works on paper depicting celebrities or historical figures in an intimate style up to 2005 with recent oil paintings, mostly on board, of friends or unknown, always capturing what is human and intimate in her models, whether famous or not. The quality of the reproductions shows what a great colorist she is and even gives a sense of the thickness of her brushstrokes and of the glowing effect the small jewell-like oil paintings have. So far, the definitive book on this great portraitist, with many excerpts of articles written by critics from the Village Voice to the NY Times and also an interesting interview of Craig, one of her favourite models.
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By M. K on November 17, 2012
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I have enjoyed Peyton's work for years. She has a wonderful style that is very enjoyable and I really like this book. When I look through it it uplifts my mood a bit.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frances A. Soboeiro on April 9, 2007
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Wonderful illustrations! A great learning experience for the potential portrait painter. Peyton captures the essence of her subjects in a decorative and non-academic manner. Refreshing!
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