Theseus: Vincent Desiderio on Art

December 22, 2017

Hardcover
164 pages
5 x 8 inches
30 Illustrations

ISBN: 978-0-9993153-7-8

$30

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This book features new artwork and an in-depth interview with legendary American painter Vincent Desiderio, conducted by artist Daniel Maidman in Desiderio’s Sleepy Hollow Studio on the occasion of his 2018 solo show “Theseus” at Marlborough Gallery in New York. The release of the book coincides with the January 9th opening of the show.

Desiderio is known for large, complex paintings which embrace both classical representation and the intellectual history of modernism and postmodernism. Among artists, he is also well-known for his fierce engagement with the ideas and methods that animate the history of visual art.

Over the course of a long sunny afternoon, Desiderio shared his insights on painting as a physical act, as a philosophical pursuit, and as a spiritual journey. This book presents that conversation, alongside the paintings made for the show

Table of Contents:

FOREWARD

NARRATIVE

INTERVIEW

THE BARQUE OF THESEUS

ACCESSING THE IMAGE

FLATTENED SPACES

 MATERIALS & PROCESS

PERSONAL TECHNICAL NARRATIVE 

THE DEATH OF MORAVIA

CONSTRUCTING A COMPOSITION

KANYE WEST

POTENT FREE FLOATING EMBLEMS

TEACHERS

MANET AND HISTORY OF PAINTING

THE CONCEPT OF PERSPECTIVE

CONTEMPORARY ART

ON BEAUTY

ON KURBRIK AND FELLINI

AUTHENTICITY

A LIFE LIVED IN AND THROUGH PAINTING