Published by Irish Museum of Modern Art. Text by Colm Tóibín, Enrique Juncosa, David Brody.
Philip Taaffe (born 1955) emerged in the 1980s alongside a generation of American painters who breathed new life into abstraction, at a time when it had been somewhat languishing in the wake of Pop art and Minimalism. Heavily layered and often grand in scale, Taaffe's paintings renew abstraction through a meticulous juxtaposition of appropriated symbols and emblems from a multitude of customs and epochs, many of which the artist encounters during his travels through South America, India and the Middle East. Taaffe's art is thus both beautiful and erudite, informed by an encyclopedic knowledge of literature and anthropology. Philip Taaffe: Anima Mundifeatures mixed-media and mostly abstract paintings executed over the past ten years. It includes original texts by Colm Tóibín and Enrique Juncosa as well as an interview between Taaffe and David Brody.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Text by Brooks Adams, Kay Heymer, Markus Brüderlin, Holger Broeker, et al.
New York-based painter Philip Taaffe became internationally known as part of the early-80s Appropriation art movement for his unique approach, which combined abstraction with ornamental art from a variety of cultures. Poet and critic John Yau has written, “In attempting to connect the microcosmic with the macrocosmic, Taaffe constructs a metaphysical vertical axis that connects earth to sky, as well as the ancient to the postmodern.” Taaffe has traveled extensively, building a lexicon of imagery from cultures with a history of ornate decorative art, among them Arabic, Asian, Celtic and Pre-Colombian. Within the confines of his canvases, imagery from these civilizations mingles freely together, and merges with influences from the Western canon, such as Art Nouveau, Op art and Abstract Expressionism. Taaffe also uses non-art sources like early botanical photography. This substantial new monograph provides an overview of Taaffe’s entire oeuvre, with all works beautifully reproduced on full-page color plates. The volume also includes a visual essay by Taaffe and a series of photographs showing him at work in his studio.
Published by Peter Blum Edition, New York. Artwork by Philip Taaffe. Contributions by Stan Brakhage.
Published in an edition of just 2,000 copies, and housed in a splendid French-fold dustjacket designed by Philip Taaffe, Composite Nature gathers 70 full-color reproductions and six tipped-in illustrations of the artist’s most recent work. A conversation between Taaffe and film-maker Stan Brakhage rounds out the volume.