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Leon Golub : Images of the Real - J Bird

Leon Golub

Images of the Real

By: J Bird

Paperback Published: 1st August 2000
ISBN: 9781861890757
Number Of Pages: 224

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Now in his late 70s, Leon Golub is a leading exponent of history painting – painting as a narrative, symbolic expression of global, social and political relations and of the realities of power. In this book, published to accompany a major retrospective exhibition traveling to Ireland, England and the United States, Jon Bird examines the artist's work from the classically influenced early paintings through depictions of conflict and masculine aggression to compelling images of the last two decades. Despite the widespread critical attention his work has received, the range and extent of his practice and its complex interweaving of the iconographic traditions of both high and popular art have not been properly examined. As a history painter, Golub is acutely aware of the antecedents to his own imagery and symbolism; part of Jon Bird's critical project is to track and define the artist's relationship to modernism. Making a case for Golub's practice of "critical realism" that also takes account of the unconscious, Bird focuses on two themes that dominate Golub's work: how his art figures the body as a sign for social and psychic identity, and what might be termed the symbolic expression of social space.

Acknowledgementsp. 7
Reflections On the Uncongenial Art of Leon Golub: A Foreword by Declan Mcgonaglep. 9
The Classical Tracep. 11
Echoes of the Realp. 45
Portraits of Powerp. 69
Painting 'History'...p. 89
Beware of Dogp. 143
Referencesp. 191
Select Bibliographyp. 197
Biographyp. 205
Solo Exhibitionsp. 207
Select Group Exhibitionsp. 213
Videos and Filmsp. 221
Public and Private Collectionsp. 223
Photographic Acknowledgementsp. 224
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ISBN: 9781861890757
ISBN-10: 1861890753
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st August 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 27.31 x 20.32  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.91

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