New York: Gagosian Gallery/Rizzoli, 2006. 1st Edition. Folio, publisher's lime green cloth, spine stamped in black, spearmint endpapers, original pictorial glossy paper-covered slipcase edged in lime green cloth.
"Currin's technique involves a continuous swerve between attraction and repulsion, pleasure and guilt, joy and shame…there is no point of rest or closure to this dialectic, nothing finally redeemed or finally condemned. Rather, the goal is to show how, in figurative painting, morphology really works, and how it recruits and plays with our own psychic investments as we view. The codes of ideality and of the grotesque are jammed together; they become interchangeable and undecidable" (from Norman Bryson’s essay "Maudit: John Currin and Morphology"). Stated first edition large-scale monograph on influential painter and provocateur John Currin, published in conjunction with his first exhibition at NYC's Gagosian Gallery, held in the fall of 2006. Predominantly known for combining classical techniques with social and sexual satire, particularly in his renderings of "post-menopausal women," Currin's award-winning oeuvre probes our voyeuristic impulses with masterful wit. Replete with color plates, reproductions ,and black-and-white drawings. With essays by art historian Norman Bryson, curator Alison M. Gingeras, and novelist Dave Eggers; and with a list of exhibitions, works and bibliography. Original price sticker to bottom edge of slipcase. Fine. Item #2400