Nature Morte: Contemporary Artists Reinvigorate The Still-life Tradition by Michael PetryNature Morte: Contemporary Artists Reinvigorate The Still-life Tradition by Michael Petry

Nature Morte: Contemporary Artists Reinvigorate The Still-life Tradition

byMichael Petry

Paperback | August 16, 2016

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Leading artists of the twenty-first century are reviving the still life, a genre that once was more associated with the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Old Masters than with contemporary art. The audacious still lifes celebrated here challenge that historical supremacy and redefine what it means to be a work of nature morte (literally translated from the French: “dead nature”). Whether through painting, drawing, sculpture, video, or other media, contemporary artists have drawn on the centuries-old tradition to create works of conceptual vivacity, beauty, and emotional poignancy.

Structured according to the classical categories of the still-life tradition—Flora, Food, House and Home, Fauna, and Death, each chapter explores how the timeless symbolic resonance of the memento mori—a reminder of death, change, and the passing of time—has been rediscovered for a new millennium. Among the artists represented are John Currin, Saara Ekström, Elmgreen & Dragset, Renata Hegyi, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Gary Hume, Jeff Koons, McDermott & McGough, Beatriz Milhazes, Gabriel Orozco, Marc Quinn, Sam Taylor-Wood, and Cy Twombly.
Michael Petry is an artist, author, and Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) London, and Guest Curator for culture agency Futurecity. He has authored and co-authored a number of books including The Trouble With Michael and Nature Morte: Contemporary Artists Reinvigorate the Still-Life Tradition.
Title:Nature Morte: Contemporary Artists Reinvigorate The Still-life TraditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 10.8 × 9.1 × 0.94 inPublished:August 16, 2016Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:050029223X

ISBN - 13:9780500292235

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Editorial Reviews

[A] profusely illustrated volume . . . richly rethinks one of art’s everlasting topics. — Art & AuctionConfirms that still life is very much alive and well as an art form. — SurfaceCurrent twists on the still life reflect the tradition’s ongoing obsession with death. — Publishers WeeklyFrom Andy Warhol’s flower paintings and Damien Hirst’s diamond-studded skulls to Jennifer Steinkamp’s hypnotic digital blossoms and Anya Gallicio’s screens of real flowers left to rot, the still life has returned in all its metaphoric potency. — The Minneapolis Star TribuneA gorgeously illustrated exploration of contemporary artists working in the still life tradition. — The Milwaukee Journal SentinelCombines provocative text with rich imagery. . . . The bulk of this volume is visual, with stunning imagery supported by short readings of a work and context. . . . Recommended. — ChoiceConsiders how the leading artists of modern times are re-inventing the still life. — The Midwest Book ReviewAn introduction to seeing the still-life with new eyes. — ARLIS/NA ReviewsExplores the ways that 21st-century artists have turned to the still-life—nature morte—and its nuanced representation and allusions to death. — ProtoviewBeautifully produced. . . . Wildly—and sometimes weirdly—fascinating, and a feast for eyes and mind alike. — Lürzer’s Int’l Archive