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John Currin

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PRODUCT: John Currin
SIZE: 11” high x 9” wide
MATERIALS: Hardcover
John Currin's paintings sit at the crossroads where Old Master painting technique and 20th-century kitsch collide. This monograph is a major survey of Currin's career, featuring his work since 1989.

One of several figurative painters to receive attention in the 1990s, John Currin fuses historical and contemporary styles and source materials to create strange and challenging images that examine the tradition of painting and the meaning of representational painting today. His influences range from Italian and Northern Renaissance painters and the genre scenes of Courbet to popular illustrations from the first half of the twentieth century and the pages of current fashion magazines. Difficult to pin down, Currin’s ambiguous works are as compelling as they are frustrating. His detached yet somewhat-sympathetic individual portrayals as well as his unsettling scenarios foster a psychological investigation of representation and desire.

124 pages, MCA Chicago/ABRAMS. Curated by Staci Boris and Rochelle Steiner, the exhibition John Currin was presented at the MCA May 3– August 24, 2003. Learn more.
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