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John Currin 1st Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0847836895
ISBN-10: 0847836894
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Editorial Reviews

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"...showcased in the elegant slip-cased volume...gorgously grotesque...the book is a must-read for art aficionados and novices alike." -- Dec 06 ZINK MAGAZINE

"Packed with elegant reproductions, this eye-catching monograph captures Currin's evolution..." -- Nov 06 TIME OUT NEW YORK

"a rich new coffee-table collection from Rizzoli..." -- Nov 06 GQ

"...a rich new coffee-table collection from Rizzoli..." -- GQ, November, 2006

"...showcased in the elegant slip-cased volume...gorgously grotesque...the book is a must-read for art aficionados and novices alike." -- ZINK MAGAZINE, December,2006

"Packed with elegant reproductions, this eye-catching monograph captures Currin's evolution..." -- TIME OUT NEW YORK, November, 2006 --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Wells Tower’s debut collection of short stories was named one of the ten best books of the year by the New York Times. Tower was the recipient of 2010’s tenth annual New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. Angus Cook is a writer and artist.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Gagosian Gallery / Rizzoli; 1st edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847836894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847836895
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.7 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,824,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These art books are getting crazy, price wise. At least someone is making an effort to publish. (Gagosian who also gave us Saville's book) This is Currins raisone to date. Kind of odd considering his age. (What an ego trip that must be!) I like him, so it was a must buy for me. The book is large to begin with, 13 x 10. Color wise the reproductions are excellent. I have seen many of these in real life and as best I remember they have done a good job capturing the image. The general layout of the book is such that the main image being shown is on the right side and the image info is on the left. Many times there is also a drawing or photograph showing Currin's ideas for the painting. It works very well, I thought. Every once in a while there will be a closeup, which there can never be enough for my taste. My beef is that they reproduced some images with far to much margin around the picture. I have to assume based on the sizes of the paintings given that they were trying to keep the ratio of picture to reproducton consistent. What I mean is that I think they were trying to reproduce large paintings larger and smaller paintings smaller. Why, I dont know. Size is ALWAYS a problem for me with art books. The good old days when a publisher would print a horizontal image sideways on the page are long gone. (Heaven forbid we have to turn the book.) Currin doesnt have to many horizontal pictures so its not a big issue. Eggers involvment with the book is in producing a fictional narative of what is occuring in the a few of the images (11 in total). Interesting idea. The two essays are very well written. If you are a Currin fan I think this is a book worth having. Its big and beautiful, even if all of the reproductions arent as large as they could be. If you think you want it, get it now. Im thinking there wasnt a big print run on this one. A big tip of the hat to Gagosian! Thanks snookie!! Keep em comming!!
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Format: Hardcover
John Currin's name is one that is frequently mentioned when conversations about figurative art today arise. He made his name with his well crafted paintings of buxom women - near distortions of chesty gals that made many viewers think about Pop Art. Some critics considered these quasi-comic book images as illustration for the voyeur and that idea about Currin's art is difficult to shed. Until books such as this magnificent volume produced by Rizzoli!

In this volume that spans John Currin's career we are introduced to his early works of still lifes and head portraits and then the book proceeds into the realm of his famous semi-nude female tropes and the question arises: are these women a subtle mockery of the female form or are they a celebration of sensual, at times shallow, beauties delivered to the hungry eye of the male viewer? The authors of the essays provide fine insights as to the 'Rake's Progress' and lead the viewer through the very sensitive domestic views of both male couples and male/female couples while continuing to offer the facial portraits of women and men that make the viewer alter perception of just how fine a painter Currin is. John Currin may jolt the eye now and then but he also proves to be one of the more sensitive examiners of our current lifestyle. This book is a well designed, generous compendium of the work of the at times misunderstood painter John Currin. It will set the art history dialogue straight. Grady Harp, November 09
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Format: Hardcover
This book is beautiful and comprehensive. There are many images of his in it that I hadn't seen before, and I really like that it shows studies, drawings, and influential material for his paintings.
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By DG on July 13, 2012
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Well put together all around....Excellent book by a great, contemporary figurative painter. Shows off his latest work and the text offers insight into his thought process.
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By Alison M. Gingeras, Dave Eggers and John Currin with Gagosian Gallery and Norman Bryson/Gagosian Gallery

One of the leading figurative painters of his generation, Currin's influences range from Italian and Northern Renaissance paintings to popular illustrations from the mid-20th century.

Whether portraits of older women, buxom girls, nudes with elongated bodies, or group scenes of domestic life, his works are characterized by baroque gestures, loose brushstrokes, unorthodox palettes, and detailed backgrounds that startle the viewer into a reconsideration of the tradition of painting.

His "old master" techniques and individual style have earned him accolades from critics and collectors worldwide.

Reviewed by IR Staff
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By g on December 31, 2014
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good to see the progression of an artist over time
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Quality monograph on a controversial contemporary artist. His work may not be to everybody's taste, but it has interesting aspects.
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