In this book, a new generation of artists and designers defining today's visual de-construct iconic masterpieces by pre-eminent masters from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance through to the 20th century and re-contextualise them to contemporary culture.
"We have been so extensively exposed to these images that we automatically assign them the mythical status of masterpieces, but rarely look to understand what makes them so unique" says Curator Sebastien Agneessens. Agneesens has commissioned fifty-five international visual artists to "remaster" celebrated works from "Guernica" by Pablo Picasso and "Gabrielle d'Estree and her Sister" by Ecole de Fontainbleau to "The Kiss" by Gustav Klimt. The transformations by renowned contemporary artists and designers include Kenzo Minami, Vincent Skeltis, Mika Machida, Antoine et Manuel, Insect and more.
The result is a collection of reinterpretations infused with energy, expressive imagery, insightful wit and socio-political commentary in a wide variety of styles. Each contemporary image is juxtaposed alongside the original masterpiece on a double-page spread, including interviews with the artists at the end of the book, lending depth and insight to the interpretations giving readers the opportunity to re-encounter the classics.
|Masters' and Remastered Plates||p. 20|
|Curator's Notes + Artists' Statements||p. 130|
|Biography: Sebastien Agneessens||p. 160|
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Number Of Pages: 159
Published: 3rd October 2006
Publisher: Die Gestalten Verlag
Dimensions (cm): 30.000 x 24.000 x 2.032
Weight (kg): 1.275