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The Big Picture by Matthew Israel

The Big Picture

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The Big Picture by Matthew Israel
Hardcover $29.95
Mar 31, 2017 | ISBN 9783791382845

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“This illuminating read uses a fascinating list of recent works of contemporary art as the point of departure for a host of issues and concerns vital to our moment. Written with clarity and descriptive panache, Israel’s voice speaks to a mass audience, something not always the hallmark of art writing. If you already love art and artists, this book will remind you why, as the discussion of a singular work branches out from the immediate view of aesthetics to the wide-view of how artists grapple with the inexplicable in our world. If you are not already a devotee then this book should set you on your way.”

—Franklin Sirmans, Director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami
The Big Picture is a pleasure to read. Israel accomplishes something rare in synthesizing so many aspects of the international contemporary art world while privileging the artworks that serve as its justification, and more importantly, afford its meaning.”

—Suzanne Hudson, Associate Professor of Art History and Fine Arts at the University of Southern California and author of Robert Ryman: Used Paint and Painting Now
“Matthew Israel’s extraordinary book gets a score of ten out of ten. Mapping contemporary art in ten very focused chapters is a brilliant and audacious way of both showing its widest range and giving us the big picture as we read avidly from one subject to the next.”

—John Elderfield, Chief Curator Emeritus of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, New York

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