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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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  • 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: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Every 30 pages I encountered a paragraph that reminded me why I was reading the book. That's basically summarizes my thoughts about all of the Documents of Contemporary Art series. Read it, but don't expect any major revelations. And don't be afraid to skip ahead when you get bored.
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This is the book that started my collecting the Whitechapel series...readable, informative, and addressing key questions for the practice of painters in the current world. Theories, philosophies, and the discussion behind 'the death of painting'and its subsequent 'rebirth'. After reading this book last year in the library of my university, I had to own it!
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