James Croak by Thomas McevilleyJames Croak by Thomas Mcevilley

James Croak

byThomas Mcevilley

Hardcover | April 1, 1999

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James Croak (b. 1951), one of America's most original artists, has produced an astonishing and idiosyncratic body of work during the past 20 years. Using a variety of innovative materials and techniques, including taxidermy, latex rubber, tar, and his trademark cast dirt, he has created art of astonishing presence and feeling. The mysterious darkness of his earthen material seems to convey something of the terror and anxiety of our uncertain time, and simultaneously a sense of contemplation as an avenue to spiritual renewal.

Fully illustrated, the book follows Croak's experiments with Minimalism through the art of the figure that chiefly holds his attention today. A groundbreaking essay by Thomas McEvilley places his art in historical context. Also included is an interview with the artist by Barbara J. Bloemink, executive director of the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, which probes into the sources of Croak's powerful and compelling work.

Title:James CroakFormat:HardcoverDimensions:144 pages, 12.25 × 10.25 × 0.75 inPublished:April 1, 1999Publisher:Harry N. AbramsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0810963795

ISBN - 13:9780810963795

Appropriate for ages: 13

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Few American artists use as many unusual media as James Croak does. Thomas McEvilley explores the varied work this innovative artist creates from his minimalist periods up to his current fascination with the figure. The colourful photographs demonstrate Croak’s use of latex, tar and cast dirt to conjure the terror and anxiety swirling in our society. An interview with the artist and an essay placing his work in context make Croak an almost official record on the artist.