Disparities & Deformations : Our Grotesque

Storr, Robert - Curator

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175 pp. Profusely illustrated in colour. Catalogue for the 5th Annual SITE Santa Fe Biennial. Texts by curator Robert Storr. Works by fifty four contemporary artists and illustrators including Charles Burns, Robert Crumb, John Currin, Robert Gober, Jim Nutt, Tony Oursler, Raymond Pettibon, Neo Rauch, and Cindy Sherman. This copy missing DVD. Internally clean without marks or additions. Sound binding. Colour illustrated paper covered boards. Printed clear acetate dustjacket is lightly shelf worn with surface rubbing from shelving otherwise in very good condition. Due to weight (1.2 kg / 2.64 lbs + packaging) additional shipping charges are required. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: Historically speaking, "grotesque" first referred to the bizarre motifs discovered in Nero's palaces in the 15th century--strange hybridities of plant, animal, and human forms. Such whimsies became fodder for Renaissance masters and later for Baroque, Rococo, Romantic, modern, and postmodern artists. For the Site Sante Fe Fifth International Biennial Exhibition, invited curator Robert Storr examines contemporary embodiments of the grotesque tradition in art, a spirit which unites formal opposites: emotional and intellectual conflicts, beauty and ugliness, delight and delirium, tragedy and comedy. Producing an art of revelatory impurities that encompasses both the wondrous and the disturbing, the grotesque has informed many of the key postmodern movements in art and culture. The Biennial brings together internationally known artists working in a wide range of media, subject matter, and conceptual and aesthetic approaches, including Louise Bourgeois, Bruce Conner, Inka Essenhigh, Tom Friedman, Ellen Gallagher, Robert Gober, Douglas Gordon, Paul McCarthy, Sigmar Polke, Susan Rothenberg, Jenny Saville, Cindy Sherman, and Kara Walker.

About the Author: Adriana Varejao was born in 1964. Her works have been included in the 1998 Sao Paulo Biennial, the 1995 Johannesburg Biennial, and the first Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art in 1999. She has also exhibited work at the Victoria Miro Gallery, London, and the Lehmann Maupin gallery in New York, among many others.

Born in 1911 in Paris, Louise Bourgeoiswas raised in a household that famously included her father's mistress, who was also Louise's nanny. She studied philosophy and mathematics before turning to art in 1934, and over the next few years studied at various art academies and in the atelier of Fernand Leger, among others. She moved to New York in 1938 with her new husband, American art historian Robert Goldwater. Her first U.S. showing was in a print exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, and over the next 50 years, she exhibited consistently in solo and group shows. In 1982, Bourgeois was the subject of the first retrospective ever given to a woman artist at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and her work has remained in the spotlight ever since.

Tom Friedman was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1965. His work was the subject of a traveling solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York. He has also had exhibitions many times in Japan and Europe.

Ellen Gallagher was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and educated at Oberlin College and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. She has had solo exhibitions at the Gagosian Gallery in New York and Anthony D'Offay Gallery in London. Her work has been reviewed in major art and general-interest publications throughout the world, including Artforum, W, the New York Times, and many others, and is in major public collections nationwide. She lives and works in New York City and Provincetown, Massachussetts.

Robert Gober began exhibiting his work in 1979. Since then he has had numerous exhibitions, both in the United States and abroad. He represented the United States at the Venice Biennale in 2001, and his work has been the subject of one-person museum exhibitions at such institutions as the Dia Center for the Arts, New York; the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris; the Museum of the Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He lives and works in New York City.

Paul McCarthy was born in 1945 in Salt Lake City, Utah and he currently lives and works in Los Angeles. He studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and the University of Southern California. McCarthy's artwork was brought to public attention in the 1970s with his performance pieces and works in film. Since then he has experimented with sculpture, installation and inflatable objects.

Sigmar Polke was born in Oels, Germany, in 1941, and studied at the State Academy of Art in D sseldorf. He first achieved recognition in 1963 when he began working in a witty and irreverent style he termed "Capitalist Realism"--often considered a more complex and political cousin to Anglo-American Pop Art. He has continued to create innovative and aesthetically impressive works through the present day. He has been the subject of solo exhibitions at such major museums as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the MusEe de l'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Brooklyn Museum; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Walker Arts Center; and, in 1999, at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. He has been the recipient of the Venice Biennale's Golden Lion, the Erasmus award, and the Carnegie award. He lives and works in Cologne, Germany.

Thomas Schutte was born in 1954 in Oldendurg, Germany. He has participated in numerous international exhibitions, including Documenta IX and X. He lives and works in Dusseldorf.

Jim Shaw was born in Midland, Michigan, in 1952, and received his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. In the 70s, he founded the band Destroy All Monsters (with Mike Kelley and other artists originally from the Midwest). Since mid-1980is, Shaw has produced paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures influenced by a variety of sources: dream imagery, pulp fiction, thrift-store painting, underground comics, and religious cults. His work has appeared in numerous solo shows worldwide and in group shows like the 2002 Whitney Biennial. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

Kara Walker was born in Stockton, California in 1969. Solo exhibitions of her work have been mounted at such venues as the 25th Biennale Sao Paolo, Kunstverein Hannover, The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Renaissance Society, Chicago. In 1997, she was awarded a MacArthur Foundation genius grant. Walker lives and works in New York, where she is a professor at Columbia University. Kara Walker was born in Stockton, California in 1969. She received a BFA from the Atlanta College of Art in 1991 and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1994. The artist is best known for exploring the raw intersection of race, gender, and sexuality through her iconic, silhouetted figures. Walker's work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. A 1997 recipient of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Achievement Award, Walker was the United States representative to the 2002 Sao Paolo Bienal in Brazil. Her first full-scale museum survey opens at the Walker Art Center in February 2007. Walker currently lives in New York where she is on the faculty of the MFA program at Columbia University.

Lisa Yuskavage was born in Philadelphia in 1962. She studied at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University and the Yale School of Art. Her first solo museum exhibition was held at The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, in 2001; solo gallery shows have been mounted at Greengrassi, London; Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York; Studio Guenzani, Milan; and Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, among others. She has been featured in group exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the 1999 Istanbul Biennial, the Saatchi Gallery, the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art and at Casey Kaplan, New York. She was also featured in the Whitney Biennial 2000 and in the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Centeris Greater New York exhibition. She received a Tiffany Foundation grant in 1996 and a MacDowell Colony fellowship in 1994. The series Tit Heaven was shown in her first solo show, in 1992, at Elizabeth Koury Gallery in New York.

Cindy Sherman was born in 1954. She began her Film Stills series at the age of 23, gaining early recognition, and has followed it with remarkable experiments in color photography. Her art has won her wide recognition and praise, and been collected and exhibited by major museums throughout the world since 1980--key early shows included a first survey at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, in 1982 and a retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1987. Sherman is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius" award, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, and the Guild Hall Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award for Visual Arts.

Robert Storr is a curator, artist and critic who is the Dean of the Art School at Yale University. Among his many books is Modern Despite Modernism.

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