An outright fantastic book on artist Dennis Tyfus, a monograph really, and a bulky one: 880 pages. It’s lavishly illustrated: every other page is a full colour illustration, drawing, painting, photograph or collage, and the pages with text generally also feature smaller illustrations. This massive tome is the best publication yet to get a feel for the scope and nature of Tyfus’s work.
It is structured around a year-long daily email interview, printed in English. Dockx’s questions at times seem designed to showcase his own reading & his own network – there’s a lot of name dropping. As a result, the questions sometimes veer a bit too much into the hot air territory art critics infatuated with their own theoretical framework like. In other instances the questions are simply a bit daft, like this one: ‘Have you ever worked with notions of camouflage in your work (as sometimes it can be interesting to stay under the radar)?’. But I guess I’m too harsh on Dockx: coming up with 366 questions is no mean feat, and it is to his credit he provides a fertile platform for Tyfus’s thoughts.
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Tagged 2010s, Art, Art books, Contemporary Art, Dennis Tyfus, DIY, Drawing, I know this sounds quite ridiculous but I just follow the line, Nico Dockx, Nico Dockx talks with Dennis Tyfus, Non-fiction, Painting, Review, Ultra Eczema, Visual Art
A couple of months ago I moved the bulk of my art book collection to another room. I decided to keep a small part, favorites, on my regular shelves. I’ve written a bit on each of those 20 titles below – 20 being just a coincidence by the way.
It is very much intended as a book list, not a list of favorite artists, as that would include a lot more names. The titles are mainly from established contemporary artists, with just three older painters – three big ones, yes.
Click on the covers to be taken to the publisher’s website or some other resource – with more extensive text on the book and the artist.
I’ve included images of artworks too: click those to enhance.
KADER ATTIA – The Repair from Occident to Extra-Occidental Cultures
Greenbox, 2014, 176 pages
In 2012, my visit to dOCUMENTA (13) would have been a bit of a disappointment if it weren’t for two artists. One of those is Kader Attia. His installation The Repair From Occident to Extra-Occidental Cultures was jaw dropping, the highlight being slides showing repaired African statues and the likes next to the mended faces of mutilated soldiers from the First World War. The book has all slides, and more. A beautiful edition, full of the uncanny.
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Tagged Art, Art books, Bernard Frize, Best Art Books, Contemporary Art, Cy Twombly, Favorite, Gerhard Richter, Gordon Matta-Clark, Hans Eijkelboom, James Turrell, Jiri Kovanda, Kader Attia, Lists, Matthew Barney, Non-fiction, Olaf Breuning, Painting, Paul McCarthy, Pieter Breugel, Raymond Pettibon, Rembrandt, Roman Ondák, Roman Signer, Thomas Hirschhorn, Vincent Van Gogh, Visual Art, Wolfgang Laib