Published by David Zwirner Books. Text by Carter Ratcliff.
Throughout his career James Bishop (born 1927) has engaged European and American traditions of postwar abstraction while developing a subtle, poetic and highly unique visual language of his own. Alternating between—and at times interweaving—painting and drawing, Bishop's works explore the ambiguities and paradoxes of material opacity and transparency, flatness and spatiality, as well as linear tectonics and loosely composed forms. Privileging the nuanced and expressive qualities of color and scale, Bishop's luminous works have been described by American poet and art critic John Ashbery as "half architecture, half air." This volume includes works spanning the artist's prolific career and presents several large paintings on canvas from the 1960s to the early 1980s, as well as small-scale paintings on paper, to which Bishop turned exclusively in 1986 and continues to produce today. Providing a rare opportunity to view the artist's work, this volume is published for Bishop's first solo presentation in New York since 1987, at David Zwirner.
Published by Richter Verlag. Text by Heinz Liesbrock, Michael Sempff.
Born in Missouri in 1927, Bishop has lived in Paris since the 1950s. One of the most sensitive lyrical abstract painters, he has devoted the last three decades to small paper works that are transparent, compact, fluid and spatially ambiguous. Herein, works on paper since the 1960s and several paintings.
Published by Richter Verlag. By John Ashbery. Artwork by James Bishop. Contributions by Dieter Schwartz, Jane Necol.
Together with Agnes Martin and Robert Ryman, James Bishop (born 1928) belongs in the group of artists who redefined Abstract Expressionism for the 1960s. This beautifully printed monograph covers early gestural paintings through to late work.