Published by Skira. Edited with text by Christian Padilla.
Colombian painter and sculptor Fernando Botero (born 1932) is one of the best-known and most celebrated living Latin American artists. His distinctive visual style of softly rounded, inflated shapes—so idiosyncratic that it is described as “Boterismo”—is instantly recognizable all around the world.
But in spite of the visual familiarity of Botero’s work—or perhaps, in part, because of it—Botero is, in some ways, a largely unknown artist. How did he transition from the naturalistic illustrations of his teenage years to his mature Boterismo style? Botero: The Search for a Style tells the story of the artist’s search for his own unique visual identity in the first 15 years of his career. Assimilating the influences of pre-Columbian and Spanish colonial art, the work of Diego Rivera and the Mexican muralists, and the Old Masters at the Prado Museum and the Louvre, Botero gradually developed his distinctive understanding of form and volume. Botero: The Search for a Style excavates the hidden histories within Fernando Botero’s inimitable style.
Botero is one of the most popular artists alive today and is exhibited in countless institutions throughout the world. He gained international fame painting corpulent and comical figures who embody the sometimes whimsical tragedy of life. The dilation of his subjects gives them abstract, unreal, and grotesque dimensions that are studies in beauty and terror. Botero imbues his monumental figures with an overabundant sensuality that reveals a gluttony of human truth—from torture to greed, pleasure to despair, absurdity, impassivity, and more. Botero had his first solo exhibit at the early age of nineteen and, by twenty, had been awarded second prize at the National Salon in Bogota. He spent time traveling to study the work of the old masters—eventually reinterpreting classic paintings in his gargantuan style. His continuing attraction to the Colombia of his youth is reflected in paintings rooted in small-town Colombian life—middle-class family groups, heads of state, prelates, madonnas, military men, prostitutes, and opulent still-lifes with exotic fruit.This monograph presents a unique collection of 170 works including his most recent paintings published here for the first time. These include his most recent subject, the circus, as well as images from the prison of Abu Ghraib, a powerful artistic response to violence and injustice. The works are comprised of paintings, drawings and six monumental sculptures created by the artist in his own unique language, a language which is an extraordinary blend of Latin American tradition and European painting.
Rudy Chiappini, is Director of the Museum of the City of Lugano, Switzerland.
Published by Galerie Gmurzynska. Edited by Mitchell Anderson, Krystyna Gmurzynska, Mathias Rastorfer. Introduction and interview by Krystyna Gmurzynska, Mathias Rastorfer.
This publication is comprised of more than 20 new pieces by Colombian painter, draftsman and sculptor Fernando Botero (born 1932), probably the best-known Latin American artist working today. The book, handsomely bound in linen with a tip-on reproduction of the painting "The Street," revisits the most iconic subjects of the artist’s six-decade career, including examples of Botero’s bullfighters, circus performers, imbibers, musicians, reclining couples and society women. In addition to his new works, the book also includes archival photographs of the artist as a child, at exhibitions and in his studio, as well as an interview conducted by the book’s editors. In the interview, Botero discusses his august career and turning 80: "from the point of view of my energy to work, I feel like I’m 30 ... What makes me work like this is the curiosity of what my next painting will be, what I will find."
PUBLISHER Galerie Gmurzynska
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 9.75 x 12 in. / 92 pgs / 40 color / 7 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 4/30/2014 Active
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2014 p. 126
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9783905792188TRADE List Price: $50.00 CDN $67.50
AVAILABILITY Out of stock
STATUS: Out of stock
Temporarily out of stock pending additional inventory.
Published by La Fábrica/Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao.
Colombian painter, draughtsman and sculptor Fernando Botero (born 1932) is probably the best-known Latin American artist working today. Fernando Botero: A Celebration is published to coincide with the biggest retrospective exhibition of the artist’s career, and to celebrate his eightieth birthday. Botero was directly involved in the organization of the exhibition, which gives a complete, theme-based overview of his oeuvre, and features 100 or so of the artist’s works from the last 65 years, most of which are from his own private collection. Largely self-taught, Botero had his first one-man show in Bogotá in 1951. His early influences--Italian fresco painting, the mural art of Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco and the painting of Rufino Tamayo and José Luis Cuevas--quickly receded as he began to develop a highly personal style, exploring themes ranging from everyday life in Colombia to historical figures, from the still life to the circus and bullfights. With their opulent forms, exuberant colors and vigorous composition full of tangible, life-affirming vitality, Botero’s paintings are so immediately recognizable that they have even birthed a style known as “Boterismo.” Fernando Botero: A Celebration is a superbly illustrated career overview of this popular and highly regarded artist.