New books for 22- 29 March
Jealous Saboteurs by Francis Upritchard
Jealous Saboteurs surveys twenty years of work by New Zealand–born, London-based artist Francis Upritchard. The book includes a total of 288 colour reproductions of her sculptures, ceramics and installations.
Jealous Saboteurs features essays by Megan Dunn, Tessa Laird, and Robert Leonard, and an interview with Upritchard by artist Brian Griffiths.
Spiritual Art and Art Education
This book is a study of contemporary spirituality as it is practiced in the world today, characterized by its secular and inclusive nature, and applied to art and art education. It identifies the issues facing a formal introduction of contemporary spiritual concepts into a secular and multicultural arts educational environment. Lander begins by separating the notion of "the spiritual" from the study of organized religions. She uses examples of art from different cultures in contemporary spiritual systems, making the study a reference book for contemporary spirituality and spirituality in art education, with usable definitions and practical examples suitable for scholars in art and visual studies, art education, and contemporary spirituality.
In Defense of Things: Archaeology and the Ontology of Objects
In much recent thinking, social and cultural realms are thought of as existing prior to―or detached from―things, materiality, and landscape. It is often assumed, for example, that things are entirely 'constructed' by social or cultural perceptions and have no existence in and of themselves. Bjornar Olsen takes a different position. Drawing on a range of theories, especially phenomenology and actor-network-theory, Olsen claims that human life is fully mixed up with things and that humanity and human history emerge from such relationships. Things, moreover, possess unique qualities that are inherent in our cohabitation with them―qualities that help to facilitate existential security and memory of the past. This important work of archaeological theory challenges us to reconsider our ideas about the nature of things, past and present, demonstrating that objects themselves possess a dynamic presence that we must take into account if we are to understand the world we and they inhabit.
Sloppy craft : postdisciplinarity and the crafts
Sloppy Craft: Postdisciplinarity and the Crafts brings together leading international artists and critics to explore the possibilities and limitations of the idea of 'sloppy craft' – craft that is messy or unfinished looking in its execution or appearance, or both. The contributors address 'sloppiness' in contemporary art and craft practices including painting, weaving, sewing and ceramics, consider the importance of traditional concepts of skill, and the implications of sloppiness for a new 21st century emphasis on inter- and postdisciplinarity, as well as for activist, performance, queer and Aboriginal practices.
In addition to critical essays, the book includes a 'conversation' section in which contemporary artists and practitioners discuss challenges and opportunities of 'sloppy craft' in their practice and teaching, and an afterword by Glenn Adamson.
Ida Applebroog : Monalisa
In 2009, a box of forgotten notebooks was rediscovered in the basement of Ida Applebroog's studio--Strathmore drawing tablets, with the words "Vagina Drawings" scrawled on the cover. Forty years prior, Applebroog took sanctuary from the pressures of the home in an evening bath. Her nightly soak offered her moments of meditation and, equipped with her drawing pad, she began drawing portraits of her crotch. Applebroog's newest body of work, Monalisa, is in many ways an extension of that ritual. The centerpiece of this project is a room-sized wooden structure covered with more than 100 new vagina drawings--reappropriations of the 1969 originals. In the catalogue essay, Julia Bryan-Wilson contends that the installation, "with its signature figural obsessions and urgent feminist force, feels like an epic culmination of [Applebroog's] entire oeuvre." Monalisa offers new insight into Applebroog's work with full-color reproductions of the never-before-seen 2009 drawings, images of the installation and an essay by Julia Bryan-Wilson.
Class distinctions : Dutch painting in the age of Rembrandt and Vermeer
The Dutch Republic in the seventeenth century was home to one of the greatest flowerings of painting in the history of Western art. Freed from the constraints of royal and church patronage, artists created a rich outpouring of naturalistic portraits, genre scenes and landscapes that circulated through a newly open market to patrons and customers at every level of Dutch society.
Their closely observed details of everyday life offer a wealth of information about the possessions, activities and circumstances that distinguished members of social classes, from the nobility to the urban poor. The dazzling array of paintings gathered here – from artists such as Frans Hals, Jan Steen and Gerrit Dou, as well as Rembrandt and Vermeer – illuminated by essays by leading specialists, invite us to explore a vibrant early modern society and its reflection in a golden age of brilliant painting.
Egon Schiele / edited by the Albertina, Vienna
To mark the start of the commemoration of Egon Schiele in 2017 the Albertina will be showing an extensive presentation from its comprehensive collection of drawings and watercolours, which will be complemented by loans. The oeuvre of the important Austrian Expressionist will be presented for the first time in the light of the latest Schiele research. In addition to deciphering the allegories, which were hitherto a complete mystery, concrete examples show how Egon Schiele found inspiration for his own forms of expression in the art of Antiquity as well as Byzantine and Baroque art. The lavishly illustrated catalogue assembles contributions from various disciplines and shows a paradigm change in the interpretation of the artist who is probably the most fascinating proponent of Austrian Modernism. Schiele is no longer seen merely as the disturbingly penetrating portraitist of existential loneliness, but at the same time also as a champion of high ethical principles and passionate spirituality. together with artist colleagues like Paul Klee and Lyonel Feininger.
Paperwork and the will of capital / Taryn Simon
In Paperwork and the Will of Capital, Taryn Simon (born 1975)--one of the most original and challenging conceptual artists of our time--brings together geopolitics, horticultural science and the art of still life to investigate how the stagecraft of power is created, performed, marketed and maintained. At signings of political accords, contracts, treaties and decrees determining some of the gravest issues of our time, powerful men flank floral centerpieces curated to convey the importance of the signatories and represented institutions. Simon reconstituted and photographed the flower arrangements from archival images of key events; she then dried and pressed the flowers as herbarium specimens. This sumptuous book, part nature study, part metaphor, bears witness to an elaborate and intriguing process of artistic deconstruction and reconstruction.
“These flowers sat between powerful men as they signed agreements designed to influence the fate of the world.” --Taryn Simon