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  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Whitechapel Art Gallery (December 31, 1999)
  • ISBN-10: 0854881212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0854881215
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,322,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
This softcover book is the catalog to Whitechapel Art Gallery's solo exhibition of Gary Hume's work from 27Nov99 to 23Jan00 in East London. It's not surprising that Amazon has no stock; generally this type of catalog has a limited run and is best obtained through either the gallery or the publisher. Notes inside the book state that it was published by the British Council, and distributed by Cornerhouse Publications in Manchester, England (tel 0161.200.1503)
For those unfamiliar, Gary Hume is one of the Young British Artists (including Ian Davenport and Damien Hirst): a group of modern, conceptual artists that attracted the attention of advertising mogul Charles Saatchi in the 1990s. In 1996 Hume was the British representative at the Sao Paulo Biennale, and was separately nominated for the Turner Prize (an annual prize organized by the Tate Gallery, and currently UK's most publicized art award). Hume works with the White Cube Gallery in London, and the Andrew Marks Gallery in New York.
I was lucky enough to attend the Whitechapel exhibition and found Hume's work exciting, even stunning. I thought his use of enamel on aluminum to be fresh and original, giving his pieces a glossy, liquid look. While I admit that some of his portraits use color in odd ways (a la Warhol), the clean lines of his simpler compositions demonstrate his genius.
This book contains two extended essays, about 40 color plates, and a comprehensive list of his solo and group exhibitions and catalogs through Dec99. It is a good introduction to the artist; substantial without being coffee table massive (and expensive).
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