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BETTER THAN DE KOONING. Andreas Baur. Villa Merkel, Galerien der Stadt Esslingen am Neckar, 2015. Published in association with Snoeck Verlagsgesellschaft, Cologne. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Ram Publications, Santa Monica. 152 pp. 27 x 22 cm. ISBN 9783864421372 In English.
Publisher's description: One of the driving forces in 20th-century painting -- the process of de- and reconstruction of the image of the human body -- is picking up speed once again. The title, Better than de Kooning, refers to a painting made in 2008 by the American artist Peter Saul, whose innovative politpop painting style was nourished by Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, underground comics and political caricature. Presenting over 50 paintings made between 1961 and the present by 14 international artists investigating mass-media influences in their work, this exhibition catalog demonstrates the conceptual interconnections among caricature, comics and 19th- and early 20th-century animated films. With works by Peter Saul, Lee Lozano, Maria Lassnig, Michel Majerus, Dieter Krieg, Tim Berresheim, Jana Euler, Katrin Plavcak, Jon Rafman, Gunter Reski, Matthias Schaufler, Jim Shaw, Amy Sillman and Sue Williams. Essays by Esther Leslie, Andreas Baur and Marcus Weber, who also interviews Peter Saul.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-1945 — Painting, Several Media
Plans: 73,01,05,07,15,20
Worldwide Number: 037069
Paperbound $39.95x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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