Thomas Nozkowski: First in Contemporary Painters Series
In early September we published the first book in our Contemporary Painters Series, Thomas Nozkowski by John Yau. It is the first full-scale book on Nozkowski's fascinating career and offers a detailed account of his paintings of modestly sized abstract works that swiftly convey what one writer describes as 'a remarkable sense of freedom within constraint.'
As an emerging artist in the 1970s, Nozkowski's mature style developed in the wake of Minimalism, Pop Art and Colour Field painting, and during a decade which became defined by movements – such as Conceptual and Performance art – that eschewed painting. While many artists identified with the notion of 'painting's terminal condition', Nozkowski chose to express personal experience through small-scale canvases that refused to adhere to 'a signature style' or align themselves with a particular movement.
Through John Yau's perceptive text, the trajectory of Nozkowski's artistic pathway is clearly presented. Offering insightful context and discussion of specific works, this book provides the definitive narrative of an artist gifted with an original vision.
The book was reviewed by David Carrier on Art Critical and can be read here.
You can also purchase the book from our website here.