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  • Series: Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; 1 edition (February 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262515679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262515672
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This superb collection of newly classical writings proceeds from the virtual end of painting in 1981 to its many re-emergences, all the more vital each time. Whether an individual text questions, explains or marvels at what painting can do, each merits attention, even a painter's attention." - Richard Shiff, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art of Europe and America, University of Texas at Austin "The great number of young artists who set out each year to become painters should long ago have put to rest conversations about the so-called death of painting. But this debate has been far too evocative for the art would simply to let it go, as Terry R. Myers points out in his introduction to this superb collection of iconic essays by artists and writers. His curated volume is full of revelations, demonstrating that it is the tension between the desire for painting and the theoretical arguments it provokes that continues to keep us intellectually and visually enthralled. This terrific anthology lays it all out." - Carol Becker, Dean of Columbia University School of the Arts, author of Thinking in Place: Art, Action and Cultural Production. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Terry R. Myers is a Chicago- and Los Angeles-based writer, educator, and independent curator. A regular contributor since 1988 to numerous international journals, including Art Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Parkett, and Modern Painters, he is the author of Mary Heilmann: Save the Last Dance for Me (Afterall Books, 2007). He is Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Terry R. Myers has written for more than 35 international journals, including Art/Text, Arts Magazine, Flash Art, LA Weekly, Modern Painters, New Art Examiner, and Parkett. Currently he is a regular contributor to Afterall, Art Review and The Brooklyn Rail.

Myers has contributed essays to numerous exhibition catalogues and books including Sunshine & Noir: Art in LA 1960-1997, Peter Doig: blizzard seventy-seven, Vitamin P: New Perspectives in Painting, Rona Pondick: Works 1986-2008, Dexter Dalwood, The Indiscipline of Painting, and Christine Streuli. His books include Mary Heilmann: Save the Last Dance for Me (Afterall Books, 2007), and Painting: Documents of Contemporary Art (Whitechapel Gallery and The MIT Press, 2011).

Exhibitions that he has organized include There is A Light That Never Goes Out at Amy Lipton Gallery in New York; Kay Rosen: lifeli[k]e at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Otis Gallery in Los Angeles; Standing Still and Walking in Los Angeles at Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills; Robert Overby: Parallel, 1978-1969 at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; The Slide Area at James Van Damme Gallery in Brussels; A red letter day at Fredericks Freiser Gallery in New York; and Angles in America and Never Let Me Go, both at Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago.

Myers has held teaching positions at Pratt Institute in New York, Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and The Royal College of Art in London. Currently he is Professor and Chair of Painting and Drawing at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JA on September 11, 2012
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There's enough painting and painters going on now globally to turn one's head inside out. And this is (one) of the good collections of commentary on some of it; 'the words to the paint', if you will. It's probably better than most books out there that promise good discussion 'on painting'. So, if that's your thing, I recommend it. Do keep in mind, the mix of essays ranges evenly from 1981~2009.

But, said ~30 years of discourse in one book naturally makes for a random/narrow, commercial/avante-guarde, didactic/speculative, confusing/convenient, heavy/light, etc/etc...all pretty consistent with today's painting going on. It's not to be read cover to cover, (mine stays near the tub,) and several of the essays are on the scholarly/ hard-to-decipher side. The essays date from 1981-2009 and include interviews, writings, criticisms, etc from well known (painters, critics, philosophers, hists, etc), to names you'll have to look up, if so inclined. There's 'mourning the death of painting', markets/capitalism/gallerism, Women in ptg., on China (Dafen), modern public/audience considerations, historical considerations, etc. Painters discussed or their writings, and some of the critics/writers include: Richter, Chuck Close, Dumas, Oehlen & Butzer, Jim Shaw, Storr, Philip Taaffe, B Milhazes, Tuymans, Curin, Mira Schor,... Deleuze, Groos, Collings &Alpers, Jerry Saltz, Storr, etcetc ... Thats only a few, random names...there's no shortage of subjects (size or range)...Easily more of these collections 'on PAINTING' could be similarly published with the 1000's of similar writings out there. Some of the best contemporary thought and musing is in this book but a lot is probably missing...
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I was hoping this had more artists that are hard core painters and not the typical famous artists and their view on painting. But the essays are interesting. Painting is returning as an area of focus and I was hoping this documented this new interest.
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By Rebecca Rodas on August 12, 2013
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The book was in excellent condition, was never used, still in clear wrapping, and at a good price! It's great!
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