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STANLEY SPENCER: THE APOTHEOSIS OF LOVE. Ed. by Jane Alison. Barbican Art Gallery, London, 1991. 104 pp. (17 foldout) with 85 ills. (66 col.). 23 x 22 cm. ISBN 0946372217 In English.
Focusing on highly personal and often visionary works produced by celebrated British painter Spencer (1891-1959) for installation in an unrealized, quasi-religious environment known as Church-House, this well-illustrated catalogue documents nearly 70 paintings dating from the 1930s to the end of the artist's life, including numerous examples of biblical scenes oddly restaged in an English rural village as well as portraits and depictions of domestic subjects that reflect his efforts to reconcile divine and erotic love. Two essays discuss Spencer's anomalous and controversial oeuvre, addressing the spiritual and sexual concerns underlying his idiosyncratic philosophies and analyzing the exhibited works, which are also illuminated by numerous brief excerpts from statements and writings by the artist.
Artist(s):Spencer, Stanley
Indexing: Western, Europe — Great Britain — 1900-1945 — Painting
Plans: 02,03
Worldwide Number: 023039
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