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Starred Review. In this post-post-modern era—when no single artistic movement can pretend to claim dominance, and the "shock of the new" has pretty much worn off—the American realist tradition is starting to look better and better, and no living artist encapsulates that tradition more definitively than Andrew Wyeth. With the overhyped (Time and Newsweek covers!) late '70s controversy over the Helga paintings pretty much forgotten, now is a good time for the kind of serious reassessment facilitated by this lavish retrospective. Its different essays—of uniformly high quality—emphasize various aspects of Wyeth's oeuvre. Taylor explores the early work's surprising connections to surrealism, for example, while Knutson's movingly personal essay investigates the artist's lesser-known depictions of everyday objects, and Crosman outlines the pivotal role of the artist's wife, Betsy. Together, the essays place Wyeth within a number of overlapping contexts while honoring the singular path that this American master walks. (Entering his 90s, Wyeth is still very much a going concern and the book reproduces a number of his recent paintings.) The illustrations, which include works by artists who have influenced Wyeth, advance these arguments while making for a gorgeous book. (Nov.)
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About the Author

Anne Knutson is guest curator for the exhibition Andrew Wyeth: Memory & Magic. Kathleen A. Foster is the Robert L. McNeill, Jr. Curator of American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.Michael R. Taylor is Associate Curator and Acting Head of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Christopher Crosman is Director of the William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum in Rockland, Maine.John Wilmerding is the Christopher B. Sarofim Professor of American Art at Princeton University.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; 1st edition (November 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847827712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847827718
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 1 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Most people are surprised to learn that Andrew Wyeth is still alive and painting. Even more surprising is that, at almost 90, he continues to experiment with his technique and create great works like "The Carry" (2003)-which should have been on the cover of this book. For me, the main attraction of this book was the reproduction of "The Carry" and several other recent works (I wish there had been more). The rest of the paintings (over 100 in all) provide a good overview of Wyeth's career, focusing on landscape and still life (few figures and portraits). Two introductory essays attempt to rehabilitate Wyeth's reputation as a modernist against the popular misconception that he's a sentimental realist, and another sheds new light on Betsy's role in his life and work. Overall, an indispensable addition to any Wyeth library. After reading the book, I can't wait to see the exhibit!

[postscript: A.W. passed away in January 2009, at age 91.]
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This is a wonderful book on America's greatest living painter. I have alway loved Andrew Wyeth's art, it so singular to him, totally unique. You can tell he was influenced by Whistler, but his work is his own. This book has vivid images of Wyeth's best work and the text is highly informative. I was thrilled when I saw this book, it is the best I have seen on Wyeth's vast catalog of paintings. Wyeth is truly an American Master, thank you Ms. Knutson for a job well done.
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A very nice,well done coffee table book.....the thing is-this guy is 90 years old and has done thousands of paintings...why do the same plates keep showing up book after book after book for the last 4 decades? I've seen 90% of these already! Where's the rest??
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By Tere on February 18, 2006
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I am so impressed with the quality of this book, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in Wyeth, or anyone who enjoys collecting beautiful books.

There is so much here in terms of information, and the colour plates are really fantastic. Great book.
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This makes for a fantastic coffee table book if you are a Wyeth fan. To be blunt the only reason I purchased this book is because my favorite Wyeth works are not commercially available. I would shove my grandmother down a flight of stairs to get my hands on Adrift as it is my favorite Wyeth work. But alas, the book does the trick.
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I've been a long-time, unashamed fan of Andrew Wyeth's remarkable, if not controversial career as a great American artist. This exhibition catalogue illustrates many famous paintings along with some very rarely-seen works done by none other than Andrew Wyeth himself. The essays are freshly written and easily understood. The book is packed with colorful illustrations along with other illustrated pictures of paintings that were not included in the show. Highly recommended for anyone who is intrigued by Wyeth's legendary journey as one of America's most-loved artists.
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I have always loved the work of Andrew Wyeth and have more than a few books. The color representation is beautiful, the plates are beautiful. But what really was unexpectated was the way this book is set up. It has given me more of a running narrative about his painting throughout his life - how one painting prompts the next one. Also, his process of working out the stories in sketch after sketch puts the reader in the drivers seat and for small moments you become him. That particularly becomes apparent in the drawings of the dog over and over for his work "Groung Hog Day". You feel his story trying to be released and then does in the final painting. I'm not sure I've ever seen a painting process described so well. I highly recommend this book to anyone who not only loves Wyeth's work, but also art in general. Kudos to the author's and editors for doing that kind of research and presenting it in such a straight forward way.
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The book was well written, interesting, and informative. Color plates depicting Wyeth's paintings were bright and clear. The book arrived timely and in excellent condition. Well satisfied.
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