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Pleasure Palaces: The Art and Homes of Hunt Slonem Hardcover – May 1, 2007
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Hunt Slonem (b. July 18, 1951), is an internationally renowned American artist, who developed his fascination with exotica during the time he spent in Hawaii as a child, and during his experience as a foreign exchange student in Managua, Nicaragua. Since 1977, Slonem has had more than 250 exhibitions at prestigious galleries. His work is exhibited globally, in cities including Madras, Quito, Venice, Gustavia, San Juan, Guatemala City, Paris, Amsterdam, Madrid, Stockholm, Oslo, Cologne, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. Over 80 museums around the world include his work in their collections, among them The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. His work has been shown in more than 30 museum exhibitions. He won the National Endowment for the Arts Grant in Painting in 1991 and the MacDowell Fellowship in 1983, 1984, and 1986. Slonem is represented by the Marlborough Gallery in New York City. He studied painting at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University in Louisiana.
Vincent Katz is a poet, translator, art critic, editor, and curator. He writes frequently on contemporary art and has published essays on the work of Francesco Clemente, Jim Dine, Robert Rauschenberg, Kiki Smith, Phillip Taaffe, and Cy Twombly. Katz curated a museum exhibition on Black Mountain College, and the first museum retrospective of the work of Rudy Burckhardt in 1998 at the Institute of Modern Art in Valencia, Spain. He has also made several documentaries and is the author of numerous books of poetry, including Boulevard Transportation, with photographs by Rudy Burckhardt (powerHouse Books, 1997).
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enjoying looking through the book. Hunt Slonem....what an interesting person.
Opening with a very fine biography and sensitive appreciation by art critic/curator/port/essayist Vincent Katz, the large-scale book gradually unfolds in color-saturated glossy pages the splendid art created by Slonem over the past thirty years. His images are oil on canvas (with the exception of a well documented 'first look' at his superb watercolors!) and each is framed in 'found' antique frames aglow in gold patina and hints of a more eloquent time. The book takes the reader on tours of his impressive lofts in Manhattan, his Victorian mansion in Hudson, New York, and his two restored plantations in Louisiana. Juxtaposing photographs of his living spaces and gardens along with his inspired paintings makes for a banquet for the eyes. The book ends with an interview with Hunt Slonem, which adds the human touch in words that is so very evident in his paintings, and a detailed Chronology of the artist's career and exhibitions.
Even for those who are unfamiliar with the peculiar beauty of Hunt Slonem's art this book is a volume to treasure, a suggestion that there are still those artists/poets in the world who celebrate history while visually reminding us of the constant pleasures around us. A beautifully designed volume well worth the investment. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, November 07