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Hardcover144 PagesSize: 280 × 240 mm
100 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781848222694Publication: June 3, 2019
Series: Contemporary Painters Series

Gillian Carnegie

Barry Schwabsky


£35.00 GBP

Available for preorder: this book will be shipped on its publication date of June 3, 2019

  • Barry Schwabsky
    has known the artist personally since the mid-2000s, writing about her work and
    curating several exhibitions featuring her paintings
  • Provides context
    for Carnegie’s work among influences as varied as Giorgio Morandi, Robert
    Ryman, Patrick Caulfield, William Nicholson and J.A.D. Ingres
  • Discloses the
    meticulous step-by-step methodology and processes behind her work as well as
    her strategic approach to exhibitions as an arena for a deeper consideration of
    painting as artform


The singular paintings of British artist Gillian Carnegie (b.1971) have been exhibited and discussed extensively for nearly two decades but this is the first substantial publication on her work.

Carnegie’s work is explicitly analytical, systematic yet oblique, in its reexamination of traditional painting genres such as still life, landscape, portraits, and the nude – all of them 'genres without a subject', as they have sometimes been called. Yet she makes clear that her impulse to resuscitate these categories is not simply an exercise in formalism, historicism, academic reverence, postmodern pastiche, or nostalgia. And far from being
without a subject, far from having no story to tell, Carnegie’s paintings
insistently suggest that there is a subject, that there is a story, but
that the painting exists not to communicate it but to conceal it, to hold it incommunicado. 

In contemporary painting her work stands apart, quietly, calmly and insistently uncanny, with an emotional tenor unlike anything else in art today.

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