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Still Life: Contemporary Painters

W W Norton & Company


A rich survey of the work of more than forty still life artists, which presents the genre in a uniquely contemporary light.

Still life painting is a practice that goes back centuries but has recently been reinvigorated by a new generation of contemporary artists. Still Life explores the diverse practices of more than forty contemporary artists and documents their styles, subjects, visions, and philosophies as they reinterpret this art form for our age. While flowers and food are mainstays of the genre, more anomalous objects―such as books and beer cans, birds and balloons―can be found within these pages, adding an energy and intrigue to both the composition and the story of the work. This book captures the inanimate beauty of the everyday in the twenty-first century, and offers a meditation on human experience as well as the brevity of life.

Featuring interviews with each of the artists, this accessibly written book is as appealing to established artists as it is for artists who are just starting out. Quoting John Bokor, author Amber Creswell Bell shares that “A collection of objects―no matter how mundane―tells a story. They are like a little world; you can get lost in them.” As a survey of stunning work or as an inspirational volume for the budding artist, this book presents in full color the art of today’s most original artists.

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