5 x 8 inches
“No editorializing takes place here. There is no fluff. Yet the two men leap from artist to artwork, from observations about narrative structure to biology to the manifestation of surfaces. It is humorous, deadly serious, and very encouraging to witness; the Apollonian and Dionysian impulses can coexist. This conversation demonstrates the joy of an intellectual and poetic exchange between two artists who share a knowledge of the deep concerns of art making in all its myriad forms.”
– Excerpt from review by Matt Ballou, in NeotericArt
This book features an artwork by legendary American painter Vincent Desiderio along side and an in-depth interview 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.
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.
Table of Contents:
THE BARQUE OF THESEUS
ACCESSING THE IMAGE
MATERIALS & PROCESS
PERSONAL TECHNICAL NARRATIVE
THE DEATH OF MORAVIA
CONSTRUCTING A COMPOSITION
POTENT FREE FLOATING EMBLEMS
MANET AND HISTORY OF PAINTING
THE CONCEPT OF PERSPECTIVE
ON KURBRIK AND FELLINI
A LIFE LIVED IN AND THROUGH PAINTING