100 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781848222694 • Publication: January 6, 2020
Series: Contemporary Painters Series
Available for preorder: this book will be shipped on its publication date of January 6, 2020
has known the artist personally since the mid-2000s, writing about her work and
curating several exhibitions featuring her paintings
for Carnegie’s work among influences as varied as Giorgio Morandi, Robert
Ryman, Patrick Caulfield, William Nicholson and J.A.D. Ingres
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.