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Tim Hawkinson Hardcover – February 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Whitney Museum (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874271444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874271447
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 10 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,060,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tim Hawkinson’s art is the sort of intense, highly personal and often self-referential work that manages through humor and sheer obsessive force to be both accessible and awe-inspiring. It’s often at least a little bit grotesque, but his sculptures and works on paper and canvas flirt with the sublime often enough that it really is worthy of multiple viewings, even though at first it often appears to be a cheap joke. In all of these senses, Hawkinson’s stuff is comparable to the works of Charles Ray, Tom Friedman and Mike Kelley. The companion catalogue to the Whitney Museum-mounted large-scale retrospective finally gives Hawkinson his due. Lawrence Rinder’s essay gives plenty of clearly-written art historical context to Hawkinson’s strange contraptions, while Howard N. Fox speaks of Hawkinson’s near monk-like "sacramental energy." The design is crisp and unobtrusive; the only quibble at all is the use of the Courier font and the fact that the book’s covers are made of a porous material, so be careful to wash your hands before you hold the thing. Inside you’ll find a functioning organ made out of plastic the size of a football field, a bird skeleton made out of nail clippings, a ball made of spoons, a functioning extension cord worn into a knot, a human skeleton fashioned from dog bones, and much more. Hawkinson really turns the world inside out. --Mike McGonigal

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Painter, sculpture, photographer, printmaker, and multi-media artist Tim Hawkinson is primarily known for his large-scale kinetic and sound-producing works. He has also created such eccentric art as a bird skeleton utilizing his own fingernail parings, a latex cast of his body inflated with air, and clocks fashioned from a Coke can, a manila envelope, and a toothpaste tube. Now for the first time, modern art enthusiasts can explore the art of this exceptional and versatile American artist in Tim Hawkinson by Lawrence Rinder (Adjunct Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art). Assisted by Howard N. Fox (Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art) and Doug Harvey (art critic and writer for LA Weekly), Rinder has compiled this accompaniment to the display of Hawkinson's art and artistry showcased in an exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. The 250 color illustrations are enhanced with three informed and informative essays, along with the artist's own commentary on more than 150 of his diverse, often ground-breaking work. Tim Hawkinson is an impressive contribution to both academic and community library Contemporary American Art History collections.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By seth ludman on March 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I saw the show at the Whitney. It was one of the best I have seen in my whole life. This artist is working at an extremely high level. He's gonna be a giant for our generation. He uses some found materials and reworks things cleverly and beautifully. Conceptual, material, fresh.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elissa A. Foster on July 8, 2005
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I attended the show at the Whitney Museum. It was spectacular and I highly reccomend it to anyone. I wanted to purchase the catalog but they were out. I was told I could purchase it on amazon. The pictures are clear and give you an understnding of the show.
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2 of 13 people found the following review helpful By L. Gilliland on September 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The book was just what I wanted, but as it was damaged in shipment, I returned it for a replacement. I am still waiting for it, and I would like to know if the book is available. Amazon had the lowest price, which is usually the case. However, this is not the first time I have received an order in which items were loose in the box.
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