The world new made figurative painting in the twentieth

The world new made figurative painting in the twentieth century It s time that the balance between abstraction and figurative work was redressed, and Timothy Hyman s scholarly and enjoyable book sets about the task with great vigour The quality of the writing makes the reader want to look again andclosely at the artists discussed Spectatorbr br A surprising and genuinely challenging account of how modern figurative painting survived against the odds Hyman is a true, committed modernist perhaps the last And for his intimacy with the painters concerns, he is full of original and illuminating observations this is a book full of brave painting and sharp commentary, and unmistakably a work of conviction It is, in fact, the work of a lifetime StandpointMagnificently illustrated, this is art history at its most eye popping and also thanks to philosophical forays in which Hyman explores identity and the friction between self and society it s most brain tickling Peter Conrad s books of the year, Observer Brings together decades of critical viewing and reading into a richly thoughtful text The Times Literary Supplementbr br Hyman s purpose is to make us look afresh at what really happened in the pastyears orThe result is a delight, deeply but lightly erudite, intimate, written with exquisite intelligence The AustralianFigurative painting is due a reappraisal In this passionately argued volume the distinguished writer and artist Timothy Hyman cuts a new path through the tangle of twentieth century art The World New Made explores the work ofthan fifty individual painters, presenting a collective Resistance who together offer a human centred alternative to the dominance of the Abstract or the Conceptual in conventional narratives of modern art Structured not as a survey but as in depth studies ofthanspecific artworks, this lavishly illustrated book brings these often marginalized artists centre stage not just Alice Neel and Balthus, Max Beckmann and Frida Kahlo, but also Marsden Hartley and Charlotte Salomon, Bhupen Khakhar and Jacob Lawrence A rich cast is brought to life, partly through their own writings As the author argues, All across the world, isolated artists found new idioms for human centred painting in the midst of modern life Starting out from the reinvention of representation that followed Cubism with artists that include L ger, Chagall and Carr , The World New Made guides the reader through the New Thingness Neue Sachlichkeit , where individuals as various as Dix, Grosz and Burra rejected Expressionist histrionics A new emphasis on the artist as protagonist emerges in painters ranging from Pierre Bonnard to Stanley Spencer, while visionaries and Outsiders such as Rabindranath Tagore, Ken Kiff and Henry Darger present new challenges In the aftermath of Abstract Expressionism, in the work of artists from R B Kitaj to Leon Golub and William Kentridge, a new history painting is glimpsed This powerful new book, distilled from many decades of looking, painting and writing, assembles the free spirits who offer a counter argument to Western formalism and a foundation for the figurative painters of the twenty first century Withillustrations

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