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We are delighted to announce the launch in Autumn 2017 of our new Contemporary Painters Series, a curated series of accessible, authoritative and highly illustrated monographs on the world’s leading living painters. Its aim – to ‘take the pulse’ of contemporary painting.

The Lund Humphries Contemporary Painters Series locates painting as a vital and vibrant part of contemporary art-making and focuses on those artists for whom painting is central to their practice (as opposed to those for whom it is just one of several media). It aims to redefine ‘painting’ in the contemporary context as work which is done within the conventions and history of painting, but which may incorporate other materials or techniques.

Each volume will offer a comprehensive survey of an individual artist’s work and in many cases will be the only whole-life survey available of that painter’s work. Artists included will range from the celebrated and established, through the relatively neglected, to the ‘early’ mid-career. The series itself is not designed to be comprehensive in terms of its selection but to offer up a snapshot of the world’s most distinctive and important living painters.

The series will be launched with volumes on Thomas Nozkowski (by John Yau), Lois Dodd (by Faye Hirsch), Philip Taaffe (by John Yau) and Etel Adnan (by Kaelen Wilson-Goldie), with subsequent volumes planned on Tal R (by Martin Herbert), Stanley Whitney, Gillian Carnegie, Hurvin Anderson and Mary Weatherford. We aim to publish 6 volumes a year in the series.

The series is edited by Barry Schwabsky and supported by an international board of independent advisers with a specialist interest in contemporary painting. Barry Schwabsky is an American art critic and poet. He is Art Critic for The Nation and also writes regularly for such publications as New Left Review and Artforum (where he is co-editor of international reviews).


Paco Barragán, independent curator and arts writer and Contributing Editor of ARTPULSE

Tony Godfrey, freelance writer and curator based in The Philippines

David Pagel, LA-based art critic, curator and writer

Ida Panicelli, former Editor-in-Chief of Artforum

Simon Rees, Director of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre, New Zealand

Beatrix Ruf, Director of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Philip Tinari, Director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing

Gilda Williams, art critic, writer, lecturer and London correspondent for Artforum

John Yau, poet, art critic and curator




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