Richard Estes (英語) ハードカバー – 2006/5/9
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Richard Estes (b.1932) is one of America's leading photorealist painters. This new large-format book will cover fifty-five years of Estes's work, from 1950 to 2005, and will include paintings, watercolors, and preparatory sketches. Estes is regarded as one of the most important painters of the New York urban landscape. The crisp clarity of Estes's paintings is reminiscent of photography, yet upon closer inspection his work reveals elements and perspectives that do not exist in reality and have more to do with minimalism and realism than with traditional landscape painting. The book will also include his work of the last ten years, much of which will be published here for the first time. A detailed chronology and list of exhibitions and public collections are included.
John Wilmerding is the Christopher Binyon Sarofim Professor of American Art at Princeton University and visiting Curator in the Department of American Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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First off I think John Wilmerding is to be congratulated on his very lucid and fascinating text on Estes. Full of observations and nicely, lots of references to other artists and styles that encourage me to further research. From experience this sort of monograph can easily land the reader with a writer full of elitist clichés and bad writing, fortunately not the case here. Wilmerding reveals Estes different styles over the years and I liked the frequent references to how he goes about creating his work, from the initial photography, preparing the canvas and application of paint.
My clear favorites of Estes work are the NYC street scenes. Full of detail that pulls the eye into the work and more so when he extended the idea to use reflections in windows to produce clever and visually challenging paintings. Several in the book are bleed size. Estes window style probably inspired the leading British Photorealist Clive Head to produce some wonderful paintings: Clive Head. Estes ship and mountain landscape work doesn't have quite the same appeal for me as his city street scenes. Incidentally one of these, the 1995 painting `Fairway' has two spelling mistakes on a poster hanging in a supermarket window. Presentation and receipt are spelt prensentaion and reciept. With significant amounts of typography in his paintings maybe Estes should employ a proof reader!
As to the editorial weaknesses, there are several: throughout the book so many pages have no numbers which makes a bit of a nonsense of the list of illustrations at the back of the book; captions are annoyingly not next to the paintings and many of them seem to appear anywhere on a page, sometimes two pages before the painting they refer to; there is a huge amount of empty page space everywhere and many paintings could have easily have been larger without destroying the integrity of the book's design; though, perhaps not an editorial weakness I found the way Wilmerding's text meandered through the pages rather annoying, I would have preferred it to be at the front of the book leaving the paintings to be revealed in date order.
A thing I noticed immediately after a first quick look through the book was the variable color especially when compared to the earlier Meisel book. There are a few in that book which are comparable in size to this Rizzoli one and the color is much lighter in Meisel's title. One painting in particular, the 1984 `Broadway and 64th' on page 124 has parts which seem almost black yet on the opposite page is an enlargement of the painting revealing the detail that's in the original. There is one advantage to this Rizzoli book though, a finer screen: 300dpi reveals much more than the 150dpi used for printing the Meisel book. In fact the screen is so fine that individual brush strokes can be seen in some of whole spread paintings and so much of the detail work is clearly visible.
Overall and despite the editorial lapses I think I'll be enjoying this book for a long time and I think it's worth checking round the net for a good price as I think the title is now classed as a remainder.
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