Ingrid Pollard: Carbon Slowly Turning – Catalogue
This publication provides the first overview of works by British artist and photographer Ingrid Pollard. Pollard is renowned for using portrait and landscape photography to question our relationship with the natural world and to interrogate social constructs such as Britishness, race, sexuality and identity. Working across a variety of techniques from photography, printmaking, drawing and installation to artists' books, video and audio, Pollard combines meticulous research and experimental processes to make art that is at once deeply personal and socially resonant.
This book accompanies an exhibition at MK Gallery and Turner Contemporary, curated by Gilane Tawadros, with the artist, and supported by the Freelands Award 2020. Edited by Fay Blanchard and Anthony Spira. Essays by Anna Arabindan-Kesson, Cheryl Finley, Paul Gilroy, Mason Leaver-Yap and Gilane Tawadros.
By Ingrid Pollard.
Ingrid Pollard began her career in photography working in community arts, contributing to Spare Rib and other feminist publications in London in the 1980s. She first came to public attention in 1987 with the series Pastoral Interlude addressing the experience of black people in the landscape of Wordsworth's Lake District and other iconographic English sites. Using a mixture of 19th century and contemporary photographic techniques, her work combines a questioning appreciation of the beauty of England with enquiries into post-colonial identity.
Laura Knight: A Panoramic View – Catalogue
By Anthony Spira and Fay Blanchard.
This beautifully illustrated book, which accompanies a major exhibition at MK Gallery, provides an overview of Knight’s illustrious career: from her training at Nottingham Art School at the age of 13, her time in North Yorkshire and Cornwall to her visits to traveller communities and a segregated American hospital. It also features her circus, ballet and theatre scenes, paintings of women during the war and her late paintings of nature.
George Stubbs: all done from Nature
By Anthony Spira, Martin Postle and Paul Bonaventura.
George Stubbs: ‘all done from Nature’ presents the first significant overview of Stubbs’s work in Britain for more than 30 years and brings together 80 paintings, drawings and publications from the National Gallery’s Whistlejacket to pieces never previously seen in public.
Paula Rego: Obedience and Defiance
By Anthony Spira and Catherine Lampert.
This book accompanies a major touring exhibition spanning Rego’s entire career since the 1960s, with a focus on work that addresses the moral challenges to humanity, particularly in the face of violence, poverty, political tyranny, gender discrimination, and grief. The selected pictures, which include previously unseen paintings and works on paper from the artist’s family and close friends, reflect Rego’s perspective as an empathetic, courageous woman and a defender of justice. The book includes a substantial text by exhibition curator Catherine Lampert that will consider Rego’s oeuvre as a whole and draw upon the artist’s own interpretations and revelations about individual works, as well as appreciations of the artist’s achievements by the acclaimed young American writer Kate Zambreno and new Irish author Sally Rooney.
Art Essentials: Impressionism
By Ralph Skea.
It is often forgotten just how provocative and unsettling impressionist canvases seemed when they were first exhibited in 1874. Critics, professional artists, and gallery visitors alike were shocked to encounter the unorthodox paintings on display, with their seemingly unfinished surfaces and lack of any elements of traditional composition. The advocates of this new approach rejected nearly all the established principles and practices of oil painting prevalent at that time in France.
Art Essentials: Looking at Pictures
By Susan Woodford.
Beautifully illustrated with some of the world's greatest pictures, from cave paintings and Roman mosaics to Picasso and Damien Hirst, this affordable guide explains the art of looking at and understanding pictures, equipping the reader with the vision and tools to approach any museum picture with confidence.
Art Essentials: Women Artists
By Flavia Frigeri.
Focusing on fifty diverse women artists, from Lavinia Fontana and Artemisia Gentileschi through Judy Chicago, Ana Mendieta and the Guerrilla Girls to Barbara Kruger, Cindy Sherman and Louise Bourgeois, this book equips the reader with a general understanding of the history of art by women, as well as an appreciation of its most outstanding figures.
Art Essentials: Key Moments in Art
By Lee Cheshire.
Art lovers can list history's most important art objects, but what many don't know are the dramatic, funny, and sometimes bizarre stories behind these most famous works. Spanning the last 500 years of art history, this book revisits fifty momentous events that changed the course of art--days when now world-famous works like Michelangelo's David or Marcel Duchamp's urinal were unveiled for the first time.
Art Essentials: Pop Art
By Flavia Frigeri.
Pop Art refers to a post-war movement connecting art with popular culture. Billboard signs, comic books, and movie stars were just some of the subjects chosen by pop artists, such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, and Claes Oldenburg, to name a few, to illustrate the contemporary world in which they lived. Largely characterised by bold and strident colors combined with a cool-eyed appropriation of contemporary imagery, pop art sought to highlight both the negative and positive facets of modern culture.
Art Essentials: Modern Art
By Amy Dempsey.
The first in a new series of essential introductions to art, Modern Art guides the reader through individual movements from Impressionism to Conceptual Art, situated within five broader chronological eras. Starting with Impressionism in 1860, art historian Amy Dempsey explains the essentials of Modernism, the postwar New Disorder, and beyond.