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Painting Now

Suzanne Hudson


A passionate assertion of the relevance of painting today, exploring how this traditional medium has been re-approached and reimagined by artists working across the globe

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Painting is a continually expanding and evolving form of creative expression. The radical changes in the medium that took place in the 1960s and 70s - the period that saw the shift from a modernist to a postmodernist visual language - have led to painting's continued energy and diversity.

Renowned critic and art historian Suzanne Hudson provides an intelligent and original survey of contemporary painting - a critical snapshot that brings together more than 200 artists from around the world who are defining the painterly ideas and aesthetics of our time.

A contextual introduction maps out the history of painting in the modern and postmodern eras, followed by six chapters that explores the themes of appropriation, attitude, production and distribution, the body, painting about painting, and painters who introduce performance, installation and textiles into their work to critique painting itself.

The book features artists both well known and emerging, including Franz Ackermann, Angela de la Cruz, Urs Fischer, Katharina Grosse, Subodh Gupta, Wade Guyton, Julie Mehretu, Vik Muniz, Neo Rauch, Wilhelm Sasnal, Kara Walker, Christopher Wool, Yue Minjun and Zhang Xiaogang.

Compellingly argued and beautifully illustrated, Painting Now is an invaluable primer on the state of painting today and essential reading for all those interested in contemporary art, art history and criticism.

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'An ambitious study and a great achievement … Suzanne Hudson’s text is a vital argument for the importance of painting, and she explores the manner in which the vast field can be reapproached, challenged and reimagined with great alacrity … 'Painting Now' makes a valuable contribution to commentary on the visual arts and culture in the present'
Studio International

'Hudson makes an eloquent and erudite survey of artistic practice today - essential reading for anyone interested in a deeper understanding of today’s art world'
Leisure Painter

'Essential reading for scholars, art lovers, gallery owners, critics and curators'
Class Magazine, Italy

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 28.0 x 21.0 cm

Extent: 216 pp

Illustrations: 230

Publication date: 9 March 2015

ISBN: 9780500239261

About the Author

Suzanne Hudson is Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art, University of Southern California. Her writing appears in various art historical journals, and she is the author of three other books.