Theseus: Vincent Desiderio on Art

May 24, 2018

Hardcover
164 pages
5 x 8 inches
30 Illustrations

ISBN: 978-0-9993153-7-8

$30

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“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:

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