The Portrait Now

The Portrait Now

Book - 2006
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Yale University
In today’s art world, many artists are using portraiture to explore complex issues of identity.The Portrait Now brings together more than eighty portraits from internationally acclaimed artists to demonstrate the accomplishment and inventiveness of this art form.
Recent works by John Currin, Sally Mann, Catherine Opie, Chuck Close, Lucian Freud, Thomas Ruff, Wolfgang Tillmans, Vik Muniz, Thomas Struth, and many others reveal developments in painting, sculpture, video art, photography, self-portraiture, and caricature. Challenging the boundaries of figurative art, these works often go beyond likeness, break free of traditional media, and respond to complicated political, religious, and social issues. With beautiful color images of and in-depth discussions on each work, the book also includes an insightful introductory essay that places portraiture within a historical context and examines how this art formas well as the purpose it serveshas evolved.
The Portrait Now is an indispensable reference book for anyone interested in contemporary art.



Baker & Taylor
Provides a collection of contemporary portraits from around the world.

Blackwell North Amer
The Portrait Now presents over ninety of the best contemporary portraits from across the world, including the most recent work of internationally acclaimed artists. Focusing on works from the early years of the new millennium, this book highlights the continuing appeal of representing the human face. Drawing upon works in all media, The Portrait Now explores the latest developments in painting, sculpture, video art and photography, and highlights the changes that are occurring in the artistic presentation of the human form, demonstrating the inventiveness of the genre.

YUP
In today’s art world, many artists are using portraiture to explore complex issues of identity. The Portrait Now brings together more than eighty portraits from internationally acclaimed artists to demonstrate the accomplishment and inventiveness of this art form.
Recent works by John Currin, Sally Mann, Catherine Opie, Chuck Close, Lucian Freud, Thomas Ruff, Wolfgang Tillmans, Vik Muniz, Thomas Struth, and many others reveal developments in painting, sculpture, video art, photography, self-portraiture, and caricature. Challenging the boundaries of figurative art, these works often go beyond likeness, break free of traditional media, and respond to complicated political, religious, and social issues. With beautiful color images of and in-depth discussions on each work, the book also includes an insightful introductory essay that places portraiture within a historical context and examines how this art form––as well as the purpose it serves––has evolved. 
The Portrait Now is an indispensable reference book for anyone interested in contemporary art.



Publisher: London : Yale University Press ; National Portrait Gallery, 2006
ISBN: 9780300115246
0300115245
Branch Call Number: 778.92 NAI
Characteristics: 160 p. :,ill. (some col.), ports. ;,28 cm.

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