Published by Andrea Rosen Gallery. Edited by Susanna Greeves.
British artist Nigel Cooke (born 1973) has won international acclaim for his dark and melancholic paintings that allegorize creativity and existential dramas of thought. In this volume, one of the most interesting painters of his generation turns his considerable talents to the written word. The collection includes a series of short, fresh reflections on contemporary art and culture, as well as longer discursions on the work of Francis Bacon, Ansel Krut and George Condo. In an extended text, titled “The Ambivalence of the Undead, or the Nature of Painting’s Essence,” Cooke engages with the narratives of painting’s supposed historical ‘death’ in a masterfully handled and wide-ranging argument. The artist offers unique insights into the work of other painters, and the practice and theory of painting, while admirers of Cooke’s painting will find the book sheds a fascinating new light on his own work.
PUBLISHER Andrea Rosen Gallery
BOOK FORMAT Clth, 6.25 x 8.5 in. / 230 pgs / 33 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 2/28/2013 Out of stock indefinitely
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2013 p. 155
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9780615590127TRADE List Price: $35.00 CDN $47.50
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Stuart Shave. Text by Michael Bracewell. Conversation with Martin Herbert.
Nigel Cooke's large-scale paintings construct a dark and melancholic world, populated by artists and philosophers dwarfed by the moody voids of color surrounding them. Reminiscent of the murkiness of backdrops in a dream, the isolate fragility of Giacometti and the more romantic climes of Caspar David Friedrich, Cooke's paintings have invented a new idiom for the portrayal of the figure.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Interview by Stephan Goetz. Text by Suhil Malik, Darian Leader.
The distinctive, desolate, yet slyly magical landscapes of the young London painter Nigel Cooke (b. 1973) have been making powerful regular appearances at top international museums and galleries in recent years. This substantial first monograph features full-scale reproductions, essays, and a plethora of generous details.