ARTBOOK LOGO

ARTBOOK BLOG

RECENT POSTS

DATE 2/26/2019

Jean-Philippe Delhomme to launch 'Artists' Instagrams' at Bookmarc NYC

DATE 2/14/2019

Love, Hate and Other Mysteries: Valentine's Day Picks 2019

DATE 2/13/2019

Give 'The Archisutra' to your cheeky, high-design Valentine

DATE 2/13/2019

Artbook @ MoMA PS1 presents Tosh Berman and Andrew Lampert on Growing Up in Wallace Berman’s World

DATE 2/12/2019

Dennis Scholl, Kareem Tabsch & Brett Sokol present 'Shtetl in the Sun' & 'The Last Resort' at The Coral Gables Art Cinema, FL

DATE 2/11/2019

Join Artbook | D.A.P. at the 2019 CAA Conference in NY

DATE 2/11/2019

A Guy Bourdin Fashion Week Valentine

DATE 2/9/2019

Piotr Uklanski to sign 'Pornalikes' at Dashwood

DATE 2/9/2019

'Furniture Boom' brings the golden age of Danish furniture design to life

DATE 2/8/2019

A transcendental dimension in 'Mona Kuhn: She Disappeared in Complete Silence'

DATE 2/7/2019

Defiant humor in 'Greetings from the Barricades: Revolutionary Postcards in Imperial Russia'

DATE 2/6/2019

'The Object of Zionism: The Architecture of Israel' is a stunning, critical colossus

DATE 2/5/2019

'Alternate worlds that surpass the imagination' in Keiichi Tanaami's early Pop collages

DATE 2/3/2019

'Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future' is Back in Stock!

DATE 2/2/2019

Graffiti alphabet 'The ABCs of Style' is "a Baby Einstein-like book for the streetwise set"

DATE 2/1/2019

It's NATION TIME! Celebrate Black History Month with 'Soul of a Nation'

DATE 1/31/2019

A clear unspoken granted magic in 'Amy Sherald'

DATE 1/30/2019

'Andrey Tarkovsky: Life and Work' pays homage to a Russian visionary of near biblical intensity

DATE 1/29/2019

Fascinating vernacular photos of cross-dressing Nazis in 'Soldier Studies'

DATE 1/28/2019

A stellar feat of art book publishing in 'Brancusi & Duchamp'

DATE 1/27/2019

'Brutal Bloc Postcards' collects rare and previously unpublished vintage postcards from the Eastern Bloc

DATE 1/26/2019

Graciela Iturbide, Mexico and Death

DATE 1/25/2019

You're invited to our Los Angeles Showroom Winter Sample Sale!

DATE 1/25/2019

A landmark survey of Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico photographs

DATE 1/24/2019

Join us at SHOPPE OBJECT 2.0 Independent Home & Gift Show, 2019!

DATE 1/24/2019

We will miss Jonas Mekas, artist, filmmaker and champion of avant-garde cinema

DATE 1/23/2019

Ruby Ray photographed punk and industrial culture in late '70s and early '80s San Francisco

DATE 1/22/2019

We can't get enough of Mahesh Shantaram's 'Matrimania'

DATE 1/21/2019

Celebrate Martin Luther King Day with 'Builder Levy: Humanity in the Streets'

DATE 1/18/2019

Lynda Benglis on "philosopher purist" Paul Mogensen

DATE 1/17/2019

'Cabin Fever' is one of the coolest, most giftable books on our list this year

DATE 1/16/2019

Three emerging painters in 'True Colours'

DATE 1/15/2019

Hans J. Wegner and other masters of Danish "golden-age" chair design are collected in this chic compendium

DATE 1/14/2019

Painting as emancipation in Niko Pirosmani

DATE 1/13/2019

Opera and nature in Beatriz Milhazes's collages

DATE 1/12/2019

Impossible not to love: 'Beatriz Milhazes: Collages'

DATE 1/12/2019

Commemorate Black History Month with these 2019 Staff Picks

DATE 1/11/2019

'Shtetl in the Sun' is a Staff Favorite for 2019

DATE 1/10/2019

An awkward, spellbinding document, 'Party! Party!! Party!!!' captures unselfconscious German decadence in Weimar Germany

DATE 1/9/2019

Ahh, the freedom in Frank Habicht's Sixties

DATE 1/9/2019

Ed Templeton signing 'Tangentially Parenthetical' at Park Life

DATE 1/5/2019

Joshua Sperling to launch "A Writer of Our Time: The Life and Work of John Berger" at Artbook at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles

DATE 1/4/2019

Janet Clare to launch "Time is the Longest Distance" at Artbook at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles

DATE 1/1/2019

The Class of 2018: Critics' Picks and Future Backlist Classics

DATE 12/21/2018

May the new year bring you unfathomable adventure! Happy holidays from ARTBOOK | D.A.P.

DATE 12/19/2018

What to give the photographer who has everything

DATE 12/18/2018

A facsimile of a rare 1900 children's book of 'Elfin Rhymes' is new from Art / Books

DATE 12/17/2018

Every day is a “ME” day with Sherrie Levine's 'Diary 2019'

DATE 12/16/2018

James Welling captures the culture of MoMA's Sculpture Garden in 'Oasis in the City'

DATE 12/16/2018

Give 'Michael Jackson: On the Wall' to the art and music lover on your list!

DATE 12/15/2018

Book trailer magic: 'Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin'


EVENTS

MADDIE GILMORE | DATE 12/16/2016

Paul Gauguin: Ramblings of a Wannabe Painter


"It's funny – not that funny."


Ramblings of a Wannabe Painter, written in 1903 by Paul Gauguin just months before his death, may seem like an absurd title to the contemporary reader. Even in his own time Gauguin was a painting superstar, garnering both the fame and mythology of the wandering artist who shuns civilization in favor of more "authentic" experiences. If Gauguin is a "wannabe painter," the reader asks herself, what am I?

Paul Gauguin: Ramblings of a Wannabe Painter
"More than anything, visual art needs to be loved a great deal."


But the irony that is embedded within the title of this elegant little publication from David Zwirner Books – an irony that is knowingly knitted throughout Ramblings – is not unfamiliar. In an age in which reviews and art criticism are produced and circulated online faster than anyone can meaningfully process, Gauguin's manner of self-reference feels eerily predictive, both of the surplus of outlets for the critic's voice and, in consequence, the surplus of criticism itself. The art critic's penchant for locating genius in the past, Gauguin argues, makes it a challenge for a contemporary visual artist to be anything more than a "wannabe" in the eyes of institutions.

"When looking at an artist's work, only the future matters; the so-called well-educated critics are only educated in matters of the past."


Gauguin does some serious work in Ramblings, noting the contributions, good and bad, of both artists and critics of his time to the world of visual art. And it truly is a world. For Gauguin, art does not exist in a closed system, but rather responds to and situates itself within a myriad of influences, from the market to the "Literati" to a banquet put on for "Mr. Puvis" de Chavannes. But for all of the serious work, Gauguin delivers it with wit and a refreshing type of open association. Music, H. G. Wells, cannibalism – all is included in Gauguin's efforts to separate art from over-education and to herald its return to emotion.

"A man kills; the forensic pathologist says he wasn't drunk. He wasn't… but maybe his father was."


The first in a new ekphrasis reader series from David Zwirner, Ramblings of a Wannabe Painter perfectly inaugurates a conversation between visual arts and writing. Lively, smart, and yes, even fun, reading criticism about criticism has never been so good. The biggest takeaway from this essential essay? Know yourself. Whether artist or art-lover, it will help you to understand the great mystery that occurs between the individual mind and the canvas (or the page).

"I could be accused of having a wild imagination…"

Paul Gauguin: Ramblings of a Wannabe Painter
Paul Gauguin: Ramblings of a Wannabe Painter
Paul Gauguin: Ramblings of a Wannabe Painter
Paul Gauguin: Ramblings of a Wannabe Painter
Paul Gauguin: Ramblings of a Wannabe Painter
Paul Gauguin: Ramblings of a Wannabe Painter
Paul Gauguin: Ramblings of a Wannabe Painter

Ramblings of a Wannabe Painter

Ramblings of a Wannabe Painter

DAVID ZWIRNER BOOKS
Pbk, 4.25 x 7 in. / 56 pgs / 5 color.

$12.95  free shipping





ARTBOOK LOGO
 
 

the art world's source for books on art & 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
75 Broad Street, Suite 630
New York NY 10004
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 2000-2017 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