Morrissey: Autobiography

“[Morrissey] is at his very best as he conveys what it was, and is, to be a youth lifted free by the sense of possibilities glimpsed in pop music and films and TV and poetry. He also writes as though he has a clear sense that Autobiography could provide the same kind of beacon, the same kind of life raft, for its most impressionable readers as he found in others. And that’s exactly how he should write, for one of the main reasons Morrissey matters as he does is because he has always been that kind of artist.”–GQ

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Reviews:
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15 Revealing Quotes: Rolling Stone

Manlio Brusatin & Jean Claire: Identity and Alterity: Figures of the Body


Catalogue from the 1995 Venice Biennale, edited by the exhibition curator Jean Claire and art historian Manlio Brusatin. Includes works from the exhibition as well as great essays on the body in art.

Artists Included:
Magdalena Abakanowicz, Vincenzo Agnetti, Diane Arbus, Antonin Artaud, Francis Bacon, Giacomo Balla, Balthus , Georg Baselitz, Max Beckmann, Rudolf Belling, Hans Bellmer, Joseph Beuys, Arthur Bispo do Rosario, Umberto Boccioni, Alighiero e Boetti, Jacques-Andre Boiffard, Christian Boltanski, Pierre Bonnard, Emile-Antoine Bourdelle, Louise Bourgeois, Constantin Brancusi, André Breton, Günter Brus, Alberto Burri, Carlo Carrà, Felice Casorati, Mario Ceroli, César , Paul Cézanne, Helen Chadwick, Marc Chagall, Camille Claudel, Clegg & Guttmann, Francesco Clemente, Chuck Close, Jean Cocteau, Merce Cunningham, Giorgio De Chirico, Willem De Kooning, Paul Delvaux, Maurice Denis, Fortunato Depero, Otto Dix, Jean Dubuffet, Marcel Duchamp, Marlene Dumas, Thomas Eakins, James Ensor, Jean Fautrier, Eric Fischl, Fischli / Weiss, Barry Flanagan, Lucio Fontana, Lucian Freud, Katharina Fritsch, Paola Gandolfi, Paul Gauguin, Alberto Giacometti, Andy Goldsworthy, Philip Guston, Otto Gutfreund, Renato Guttuso, Hans Haacke, Mona Hatoum, Gary Hill, Hiroschi Senju, David Hockney, Ferdinand Hodler, Martin Honert, Stephan von Huene, Jörg Immendorff, Jehon Soo Cheon, György Jovanovics, Wassily Kandinsky, Mike Kelley, André Kertész, Fernand Khnopff, Ronald B. Kitaj, Yves Klein, Gustav Klimt, Peter Kogler, Oskar Kokoschka, Leon Kossoff, Richard Kriesche, Eugène Leroy, Max Liebermann, Markus Lüpertz, Akram el Magdoub, Aristide Maillol, Kasimir Malewitsch, Man Ray, Paul McCarthy, Piero Manzoni, Giacomo Manzù, Marino Marini, Henri Matisse, Ludwig Meidner, Fausto Melotti, Mario Merz, Joan Miró, Amedeo Modigliani, Robert Morris, Edvard Munch, Viktor Musiano, Zoran Music, Bruce Nauman, Joshua Neustein, Nunzio , Georgia O ́Keeffe, Roman Opalka, Meret Oppenheim, Ubaldo Oppi, Giulio Paolini, Claudio Parmiggiani, Pino Pascali, Giuseppe Penone, Pablo Picasso, Gianni Pisani, Jackson Pollock, Kathy Prendergast, Arnulf Rainer, Robert Rauschenberg, Auguste Rodin, Medardo Rosso, Thomas Ruff, Ivo Saliger, Alberto Savinio, Rudolf Schwarzkogler, Scipione , Giovanni Segantini, Andres Serrano, Gino Severini, Medhat Shafik, Cindy Sherman, Mario Sironi, Kiki Smith, Ettore Sottsass, Ettore Spalletti, Mark di Suvero, Takis , Wayne Thiebaud, Ben Vautier, Didier Vermeiren, Bill Viola, Andy Warhol, Adolf Wissel, Wols , Carlo & Wanda Wulz, Yan Peiming, Gilberto Zorio

Further Resources:
NYT Review: Past Upstages Present at Venice Biennale
Selected Images of Works Included

Michael Wilcox: Glazing: With an Emphasis on the Craft of Painting

The first comprehensive book on the technique of glazing, written by Michael Wilcox, has been published by the School of Color. 
The methods of the Old Masters made available for today's artist. Early Masters such as Rembrandt applied multiple layers of transparent paint to produce the deep, glowing hues and darks which typified their work; darks which seethed with hidden colour. The range of rich colours employed by these earlier painters gave a mysterious depth and intensity to their work, a richness and luminosity which only the glazing technique could give. The aim of this book is to equip today’s artist with the technique of glazing developed by the Masters. Lessons from the past brought fully up to date, this book will enable the reader to achieve similar colour effects. Your work will improve dramatically. 
308 pages in full colour.

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Harry Berger Jr: Caterpillage: Reflections on Seventeenth Century Dutch Still Life Painting


Caterpillageis a study of seventeenth-century Dutch still life painting. It develops an interpretive approach based on the author's previous studies of portraiture, and its goal is to offer its readers a new way to think and talk about the genre of still life. The book begins with a critique of iconographic discourse and particularly of iconography's treatment ofvanitassymbolism. It goes on to argue that this treatment tends to divert attention from still life's darker meanings and from the true character of its traffic with death. Interpretations of still life that focus on the vanity of human experience and the mutability of life minimize the impact made by the representation of such voracious pillagers of plant life as insects, snails, and caterpillars. The message sent by still life's preoccupation with these small-scale predators is not merelyvanitas. It israpacitas. Caterpillagealso explores the impact of this message on the meaning of the genre's French name. We use the conventional term nature morte('dead nature') without giving any thought to how misleading it is. Because so many portrayals of still life involve cut flowers, which, although still in bloom, are dying, it would be more accurate to name the genrenature mourant. The subjects of still life are plants that arestill living, plants that are dying but not yet dead.

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