Grand Allusions: Robert Barnes-late Works 1985-2015 by Michael RooksGrand Allusions: Robert Barnes-late Works 1985-2015 by Michael Rooks

Grand Allusions: Robert Barnes-late Works 1985-2015

byMichael Rooks

Hardcover | October 30, 2015

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Robert Barnes has been called the "most famous unknown painter in America." Picking up where his 1985 mid-career retrospective left off, this gorgeous catalog surveys Barnes's work from the past 30 years. Often identified as a Chicago School artist because of his training at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his representation by several major Chicago area galleries, Barnes's style defies simple categorization. In addition to 18 largescale paintings from his major series-including The Sources of Power, Silkies, Blood and Perfume, The Ogham, Jettatura, and Paradise-this stunning collection includes 20 of Barnes's works on paper.

Michael Rooks was the recipient of the 2015 Nexus Award from the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. He is curator at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.
Title:Grand Allusions: Robert Barnes-late Works 1985-2015Format:HardcoverDimensions:96 pages, 12 × 10 × 0.98 inPublished:October 30, 2015Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0253019664

ISBN - 13:9780253019660

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Table of Contents

Collectors' Appreciation
Grand Allusions
Chronology, Exhibition History, and Bibliography

Editorial Reviews

When Barnes's remarkable use of colors that glow like embers is added to his dense working of his materials, one enters a vividly poetic world in which ordinary experience is heightened to rare states of awareness and perception. In this way Barnes catches what might be called a flowing sense of transient permanence composed of memory, active perception, and imagination. For Barnes, then, the numinous and complex nature of artistic perception presents magical visions that are inexhaustible sources of revelation and delight.