ARTBOOK LOGO

ARTBOOK BLOG

WHAT'S NEW?
EVENTS
BOOKS IN THE MEDIA
AT FIRST SIGHT
FEATURED IMAGES
EX LIBRIS
ARTBOOK INTERVIEWS
EXCERPTS & ESSAYS
FROM THE SHELVES

RECENT POSTS

DATE 3/3/2015

Björk

DATE 2/28/2015

Man Ray: Human Equations

DATE 2/27/2015

On Kawara — Silence

DATE 2/26/2015

Christina Ramberg: Corset Urns & Other Inventions

DATE 2/24/2015

Hubert de Givenchy

DATE 2/23/2015

Art Books Continue to Insist on Being Committed to Print

DATE 2/23/2015

Swedish Details

DATE 2/22/2015

AIGA Presents Louise Sandhaus, Barbara Glauber, Lucille Tenazaas & Alexandra Lange on 'California Graphic Design'

DATE 2/19/2015

The Art of Smallfilms

DATE 2/19/2015

Jacqueline Humphries

DATE 2/18/2015

Making Design

DATE 2/17/2015

Peter Fischli & Nancy Spector in Conversation at the Swiss Institute

DATE 2/17/2015

Arctic

DATE 2/15/2015

Titian

DATE 2/15/2015

Studio 54

DATE 2/14/2015

Sweets for the Sweet

DATE 2/14/2015

STEIDL at Privet Lives

DATE 2/13/2015

Making Pictures: Three for a Dime

DATE 2/12/2015

Mona Kuhn Book Signing at Arcana

DATE 2/11/2015

German Pop

DATE 2/11/2015

ARTBOOK | D.A.P. at CAA

DATE 2/10/2015

German Pop

DATE 2/10/2015

ARTBOOK @ Swiss Institute Celebrates 30 years of Parkett

DATE 2/9/2015

Parkett 95: Wael Shawky

DATE 2/6/2015

Art Green: Certain Subjects

DATE 2/6/2015

Paul Feeley: 1957–1962

DATE 2/6/2015

Herbert Pfostl on 'The Puppet and the Modern'

DATE 2/5/2015

Common Wealth

DATE 2/4/2015

Tools: Extending Our Reach

DATE 2/2/2015

Type 42: Fame Is the Name of the Game

DATE 2/1/2015

ARTBOOK @ Swiss Institute Launches 'The Look' by Diller, Scofidio & Renfro and Matthew Monteith

DATE 1/31/2015

Cameron: Songs for the Witch Woman

DATE 1/31/2015

Ed Ruscha

DATE 1/31/2015

Come to the Los Angeles ARTBOOK | D.A.P. Showroom Sample Sale!

DATE 1/30/2015

Jim Goldberg: Rich and Poor

DATE 1/30/2015

Join ARTBOOK @ MoMA PS1 for a Wael Shawky Book Launch

DATE 1/30/2015

Visit ARTBOOK at the LAABF 2015!

DATE 1/28/2015

'Semina Culture' at the LAABF

DATE 1/28/2015

Never Wrong: Dan Nadel's Best-Of Spring 2015

DATE 1/27/2015

BOOKS AND BEERS: Join Louise Sandhaus & Quindar at The Standard, Hollywood

DATE 1/26/2015

Bruce Davidson: In Color

DATE 1/25/2015

Joel Meyerowitz: Retrospective

DATE 1/24/2015

Join us at ForYourArt's Hollywood Walk of Art

DATE 1/23/2015

Joel Meyerowitz: Retrospective

DATE 1/22/2015

Emil Nolde: My Garden Full of Flowers

DATE 1/22/2015

BEST OF 2014: Georges Braque & Others: The Selected Art Writings of Trevor Winkfield, 1990-2009

DATE 1/21/2015

Art Catalogues at LACMA Book Launch (and Music Lesson) for Kaz Oshiro

DATE 1/20/2015

Futurist Depero 1913-1950

DATE 1/18/2015

Gordon Parks: Segregation Story

DATE 1/16/2015

Soviet Space Dogs Launch Event at Museum of Jurassic Technology

DATE 1/16/2015

Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott


AT FIRST SIGHT

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/11/2013

Staff Favorite: Albert Contreras

We see a lot of books around here, and every once in a while something pops up that surprises us all. This season, the current staff favorite is Marquand Books' new monograph on the Los Angeles cult painter, Albert Contreras. Below is Dave Hickey's Foreword and a selection of images from the book.

Foreword
By Dave Hickey
Albert Contreras is one of the best painters in the world. Not only that, he deserves to be. He rode the whole rollercoaster from Los Angeles, to Mexico City, to Madrid and penultimately to Sweden, where he was a painter to be reckoned with for a decade, until he drove his minimalist agenda into a corner and quit painting for twenty-five years. He returned to Los Angeles in 1972 and then to painting early in this century. In this sense, Contreras’ career has a transient, cosmopolitan messiness that is analogous to that of Alfred Jensen, although a sane Alfred Jensen. What we see today in Contreras’ lost twenty-five years is a gradual harboring of reserves, an escalating maturity enhanced by the enthusiasm of a re-awakened teenager. Now he can do everything a teenager can’t, and bring to that accumulated skill the ebullient urgency of youth. Staff Favorite: Albert Contreras

Foreword
By Dave Hickey


Albert Contreras is one of the best painters in the world. Not only that, he deserves to be. He rode the whole rollercoaster from Los Angeles, to Mexico City, to Madrid and penultimately to Sweden, where he was a painter to be reckoned with for a decade, until he drove his minimalist agenda into a corner and quit painting for twenty-five years. He returned to Los Angeles in 1972 and then to painting early in this century. In this sense, Contreras’ career has a transient, cosmopolitan messiness that is analogous to that of Alfred Jensen, although a sane Alfred Jensen. What we see today in Contreras’ lost twenty-five years is a gradual harboring of reserves, an escalating maturity enhanced by the enthusiasm of a re-awakened teenager. Now he can do everything a teenager can’t, and bring to that accumulated skill the ebullient urgency of youth.

Staff Favorite: Albert Contreras
"Untitled" (1971), acrylic/canvas, 18x18 inches.

What I like most about Contreras’ paintings is that they are in series but not in sequences. Over the past ten years, he has rejuvenated the modest square that was so thoroughly assassinated by Joseph Albers. Should glamour, glitter or gesture fall to hand he never hesitates. In the process, Contreras paints families of paintings. One painting never updates another or renders a previous one obsolete. This is one of the gifts of maturity. Young painters develop. Mature painters dance, within the limits of a motif; each of the paintings in one of Contreras’ families bears a jostling, sibling relationship to one another.

Staff Favorite: Albert Contreras
"Untitled" (1998), acrylic/canvas, 20x26 inches

I know this because I never can pick. I want the whole family. I always want to buy a bunch of them, partly because they talk to one another but finally because Contreras’ level of excellence is so high and so steady. You never know how good they are because he so rarely makes a bad one—and, even then, you suspect it might be a good one in the long run. This also explains why Contreras is not as famous as he should be, because critics always want to say this is better than that, and Contreras is as short of failures as he is of peers. The twenty-five-year hiatus doesn’t help either, of course, but this makes his return all the more encouraging, because you want a painting that has to be there. You want a painting that arises from some sort of moral necessity, which steps with a confident smile into the hostile marketplace, and if you want that, Contreras would be your guy.

Staff Favorite: Albert Contreras
"Untitled" (2005), acrylic/canvas, 20x24 inches.

Staff Favorite: Albert Contreras
"Untitled" (2009), acrylic/panel, 20×24 inches.

Staff Favorite: Albert Contreras
"Untitled" (2009), acrylic/panel, 20x24 inches.

Staff Favorite: Albert Contreras
"Untitled" (2011), acrylic/panel, 36x36 inches.

Staff Favorite: Albert Contreras
"Untitled" (2011), acrylic/panel, 20x40 inches.

Albert Contreras

Albert Contreras

MARQUAND BOOKS
Hbk, 9.25 x 11 in. / 112 pgs / 77 color.

$35.00  free shipping

DATE 9/11/2014

New York Is ...

New York Is ...

DATE 5/13/2014

Libuse Niklová

Libuse Niklová

DATE 10/28/2010

Phyllis Galembo: Maske

Phyllis Galembo: Maske


ARTBOOK LOGO
 
 

the artworld's favorite source for books on art and culture

  

CUSTOMER SERVICE
orders@artbook.com
212 627 1999
M-F 9-5 EST

TRADE ACCOUNTS

800 338 2665

CONTACT

JOBS + INTERNSHIPS

NEW YORK
Showroom by Appointment Only
155 Sixth Avenue
New York NY 10013
Tel   212 627 1999

LOS ANGELES
Showroom by Appointment Only
818 S. Broadway, Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Tel. 323 969 8985

ARTBOOK LLC
D.A.P. | Distributed Art Publishers, Inc.


All site content Copyright C 2000-2013 by Distributed Art Publishers, Inc. and the respective publishers, authors, artists. For reproduction permissions, contact the copyright holders.

ARTBOOK AMPERSAT

The D.A.P. Catalog
www.artbook.com