62 pp. frontispiece. A collection of eighteen essays on art with preface by painter Jonathan Lasker. Edition limited to 2000 copies. As new condition, an unread retail store copy with tight binding. uncreaded spine and sharp corners. .075 g Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: Jonathan Lasker's Complete Essays 1984-1998 provides us with an important historical document about the development of American abstract painting over the course of nearly two decades. Besides analyzing the work of Piet Mondrian, Willem de Kooning, and Eugne Leroy, and the critic Clement Greenberg, the artist discusses abstract painting's relationship to violence, sensation, the media, the physical and cognitive world of images, experience, reality, intentionality, beauty, consciousness and mortality in the contemporary world. In his thinking and work, as evidenced in these essays, Lasker explores "the unhappy marriages of the biomorphic and the decorative, the mark of the loaded brush and the geometric, the psyche and popular culture" -- and the intensely complex relation between substance and time, materiality and subjectivity, narrative and the means of abstraction in the context of meaning, the human condition, and the conditions of nature. Lasker writes: "I have underlined my intellectual personality in these essays not to show that I am a philosopher but rather that I seek only the truth of my desires, even if they go beyond provable reason."
From the Publisher: JONATHAN LASKER was born in Jersey City, N.J., in 1948. He attended the School of Visual Arts, New York, from 1975 to 1977, and the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, Ca., in 1977. Since 1981, he has shown with Tibor de Nagy, Michael Werner, Anders Tornberg, Lars Bohman, Thaddaeus Ropac, Sperone Westwater, among others. Lasker's paintings have also been exhibited at the Corcoran in Washington, D.C., the Stedelijk in Amsterdam, Documenta IX in Kassel, and the Reina Sofia in Madrid. He has lectured extensively in the United States and Europe, and received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1987 and 1989. Lasker's paintings are currently the subject of a travelling museum retrospective in Europe. COMPLETE ESSAYS 1984-1998 comprises Jonathan Lasker's first collection of writings AUTHCOMMENT: "Upon re-reading these essays, I can see my intellectual profile emerge. Clearly, it is based on my philosophical tastes. I have a distaste for anything which smacks of predetermination and greatly favor free will. I distrust technology and find meaning in the patterns of nature. I am usually inclined toward a subjective view over attempts at objectivity. I feel that mankind must come to an acceptable rationalization of mortality. I wish to find meaning, and tend to view the world as having a teleological foundation."
Title: Complete Essays : 1984-1998
Publisher: Edgewise Press
Publication Date: 1998
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition
Book Description Edgewise Press, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11096464665X