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Edited by Florence Derieux. Text by Michael Bracewell, Martin Clark, Terry R. Myers.
Michael Jacksonís Neverland ranch; Camp David; the greenhouse where Kurt Cobainís body was found; Sharon Tateís house; Jackie Onassisí yacht. If these secluded, celebrity-drenched sites, thick with the magic of fame, are among the defining locales of these times, then British artist Dexter Dalwood (born 1960) is the history painter of our era. His bold, busy canvases usually begin their lives as small collages, literally cut and pasted from the pages of magazines and art history. In the subsequent large-scale works, the abrupt disjunctions remain, repurposing the genre of history painting to express the complex nature of iconicity in our age. With 100 color images, this volume provides a first overview of this major artistís work, including paintings and collages made over the last 12 years. Essays by Michael Bracewell and Terry R. Meyers, and an extensive interview with the artist by Martin Clark and Florence Derieux, complete the book.
Featured image is Truman Capote, reproduced from Dexter Dalwood.
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"Dexter Dalwood makes paintings that live like we do, in story after story after story, and then some. The packed fullness of all of his empty rooms are just asking for us to take the bait, to make up stories that may or may not correspond to the truth, which, of course, is already under substantial pressure in the minefield that is painting today. Dalwood creates complexly constructed images of places where our (natural or obsessive) need to tell ourselves stories is enabled by their appeal to the visual pleasures of voyeurism, as so many of them are manipulated or even imaginary pictures of environments some of us might even kill to see."
Terry R.Myers, excerpted from Dexter Dalwood.
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