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Nature Morte

Contemporary artists reinvigorate the Still-Life tradition

Michael Petry

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Provocative, poignant reimaginings of the still life by over 180 international contemporary artists

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This visually stunning book reveals how leading artists of the twenty-first century are reinvigorating the still life, a genre previously synonymous with the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Old Masters.

Michael Petry’s careful curation celebrates works by emerging and established artists alike, from all over the globe, including John Currin, Elmgreen & Dragset, Renata Hegyi, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Jeff Koons, Beatriz Milhazes, Gabriel Orozco, Elizabeth Peyton, Marc Quinn, Sam Taylor-Wood and Ai Weiwei.

Short but compelling introductions begin each chapter and are followed by dramatic, visually led spreads that pair each work with a perceptive reading of its significance to the still-life tradition.

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'A cabinet of curiosities, both beautiful and weird'
Peter Conrad, Observer

'Highlights the rich tradition that looms behind even the starkest conceptual art'
World of Interiors

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Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 27.5 x 22.7 cm

Extent: 288 pp

Illustrations: 391

Publication date: 28 July 2016

ISBN: 9780500292235

Contents List

Introduction • 1: Flora • 2: Food • 3: House & Home • 4: Fauna • 5: Death

About the Author

Michael Petry is an artist, author and Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), London. Petry's recent solo shows were at the Holburne Museum, Bath and Pallant House, Chichester. 'Author Portrait by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders'

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