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Wilkin, Karen 1940-

Works: 298 works in 793 publications in 3 languages and 17,210 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Exhibition catalogs  Catalogs  Interviews  Biography  Catalogues raisonnés 
Roles: Author, Creator, Other, Editor, wst, Contributor, Inscriber, win, Author of introduction, Dedicatee, Curator, wat
Classifications: NX512.G67, 759.13
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Karen Wilkin
Most widely held works by Karen Wilkin
David Smith by Karen Wilkin( Book )

14 editions published between 1984 and 1991 in 3 languages and held by 914 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Having realized quite early that he had to be an artist, Smith made his way to New York and the Art Students League. There he experimented with variations on the revealing styles of Cubism and Surrealism, and slowly discovered his own technique, particularly the use of industrial methods such as welding to construct his sculptures. The results -- though responsive to such varied influences as Picasso and pin-up girls -- were imaginative, and often strikingly beautiful. Smith's art has inspired generations of followers, but his position as one of the masters of 20th-century sculpture remains unchallenged
The world of Edward Gorey by Clifford Ross( Book )

12 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in English and held by 867 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A look at the artist and his work, including his illustrations for T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats and the animated credits for the Mystery! series on public television
Frankenthaler : works on paper, 1949-1984 by Karen Wilkin( Book )

16 editions published between 1984 and 1995 in English and held by 850 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Werk van de Amerikaanse schilderes (geb. 1929)
Ascending peculiarity : Edward Gorey on Edward Gorey : interviews by Edward Gorey( Book )

10 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 782 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Culled from dozens of interviews, this portrait of the famous artist showcases Gorey's ideas about French symbolist poetry, soap operas, George Balanchine, ballet, and Victorian snuff photography, among other topics
Georges Braque by Karen Wilkin( Book )

10 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 701 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dandy, renowned for his good looks, his skills as an amateur boxer, and his ability to play Beethoven symphonies on the accordion. His art suggests a far different persona, however, for Braque was intensely serious, technically meticulous, and devoted to making thoughtful, deeply felt images--whether as a Fauve, a Cubist, or a mature painter working in his own distinctive style. The greatest adventure of Braque's life was his six-year collaboration with Picasso, and
Stuart Davis by Karen Wilkin( Book )

8 editions published in 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 666 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Clement Greenberg : a critic's collection by Portland Art Museum (Or.)( Book )

17 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 635 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Giorgio Morandi by Karen Wilkin( Book )

12 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Giorgio Morandi's lifelong pursuit of his poetic vision in still-life and landscape paintings as well as engravings and etchings has given him a deeply revered position in the history of modern art." "This volume presents the work of this private and enigmatic twentieth-century Bolognese artist. Influenced by the work of Giotto, as well as Cezanne, the metaphysical painters, and the cubists, Morandi's work defies any label. His still-lifes and landscapes are serene groupings of muted objects, yet Morandi provokes a tension between them which speaks of spacial relationships, negative space, and nuances of light and color." "The text traces Morandi's many influences, discussing the atmosphere of Bologna which affected the artist's work, and analyzing the myth which has formed around his life and personality."--Jacket
Caro by Karen Wilkin( Book )

23 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in 4 languages and held by 547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Color as field : American painting, 1950-1975 by Karen Wilkin( Book )

14 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Color Field painting, which emerged in the United States in the 1950s, is based on radiant, uninflected hues. Exemplified by the work of Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski, Larry Poons, and Frank Stella, among others, these stunningly beautiful and impressively scaled paintings constitute one of the crowning achievements of postwar American abstract art. Color as Field offers a long-overdue reevaluation of this important aspect of American abstract painting." "The authors examine how Color Field painting rejects the gestural, layers, and hyperemotional approach typical of Willem de Kooning and his followers, yet at the same time develops and expands ideas about all-overness and the primacy of color posited by the work of other members of the Abstract Expressionist generation, such as Adolph Gottlieb, Hans Hofmann, Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko." "From the fresh historical standpoint of the twenty-first century, this reassessment ranges across the artists' individual approaches and their commonalities and poses the reconsideration of the legacy of Color Field painting."--Jacket
The drawings of Stuart Davis : the amazing continuity by Stuart Davis( Book )

12 editions published between 1992 and 1995 in English and held by 469 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Stuart Davis (1892-1964), once described as "the ace of America's Modernists," regarded drawing as central to his art. He believed that all his works were drawings, and developed his images as carefully adjusted black-and-white "configurations" which he translated to "color-space compositions" only at the last stage of his painting procedure. He even retranslated some of his most ambitious and best-known paintings back into large-scale black-and-white drawings on canvas, apparently as a final version of the image." "This volume examines, for the first time, the full range of Davis's activity as a draftsman, from his early naturalistic drawings in the manner of the Ashcan School to the economical near-abstractions of his maturity. A broad interpretation of the notion of drawing, in keeping with Davis's own understanding of the term, allows the inclusion of works on paper in a variety of mediums, including watercolors, gouaches, and some late black-and-white drawings on canvas." "Included as well are selections from Davis's extensive writings, which contain innumerable references to drawing: attempts to define what constitutes a good drawing, and discussions of the role of drawing in his work and in the formulation of his complex theories of composition. Just as important, Davis's notebooks contain many images, ranging from diagrams that illustrate theory to fully developed, self-sufficient drawings." "Karen Wilkin and Lewis C. Kachur, both eminent Davis scholars, draw heavily on his unpublished writings and less well-known images to deepen our understanding of Davis and of American modernism in its formative years."--Jacket
Kenneth Noland by Karen Wilkin( Book )

19 editions published in 1990 in 3 languages and held by 456 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American vanguards : Graham, Davis, Gorky, De Kooning, and their circle, 1927-1942 by William C Agee( Book )

11 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 453 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hans Hofmann : a retrospective by Karen Wilkin( Book )

13 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Also included are contributions by Helen Frankenthaler and Sir Anthony Caro, and a little-known appreciation of Hofmann by Tennessee Williams."--Jacket
Elegant enigmas : the art of Edward Gorey by Karen Wilkin( Book )

5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: The delightful tales and theatrical drawings of Edward Gorey (American, 1925-2000) reflect a special kind of genius for what is left unwritten and unseen. In Gorey's vaguely Victorian world of well-tended gardens and opulent estates, smoke-belching factories and fog-shrouded streets, nothing seems certain or quite as it should be. Chaos lurks just beneath life's tidy surface, occasionally erupting in surprising events with unexpected, often horrific consequences. But when tragedy befalls Gorey's quirky cast of characters-hapless waifs, dusty dowagers, scheming tycoons, and unhinged maidens-somehow we can't keep from laughing. Far from casting us into the abyss, Gorey reminds us to contemplate mortality with a smile. In Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey, more than 175 reproductions include samples from Gorey's books, illustrations produced for other writers, theatrical sets and costume designs, and a wealth of individual pieces, many never before published. Sketches, typewritten manuscripts, doodles, and musings join the generous selection of finished works. Published on the occasion of the first retrospective of Edward Gorey's work, at the Brandywine River Museum, Elegant Enigmas is a tribute to a master artist and writer, who with murderously dry humor created a body of work singular in its brilliance and charm
Jack Bush by Jack Bush( Book )

11 editions published in 1984 in English and Undetermined and held by 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Isaac Witkin by Karen Wilkin( Book )

4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 350 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the early 1980s Witkin shifted to working in bronze, inventing a method of constructing with directly poured elements. This most recent work allows him to combine the sensuality of once-molten metal, the expressiveness of organic forms, the richness of bronze patina, and the immediacy of constructed sculpture. Author Karen Wilkin relates the story of the artist's career to date, discussing the evolution of his work in the context of the modernist tradition as well as the work of Witkin's contemporaries
Stuart Davis : a catalogue raisonné by Stuart Davis( Book )

6 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bruno Fonseca : the secret life of painting by Alan Jenkins( Book )

9 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This account of Bruno Fonseca's life, unorthodox training, and startlingly diverse paintings, drawings, and sculpture illuminates his own remarkable work and at the same time invites us to consider what it means to be and to become an artist." "Told from three very different perspectives, the book's narratives offer welcome glimpses into the mysteries of how and why an artist creates."--Jacket
Anthony Caro : interior and exterior by Karen Wilkin( Book )

11 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Since the early 1980s, Anthony Caro, first acclaimed for his linear, open steel constructions, has been preoccupied with a conception of sculpture as enclosed space and as metaphor for enclosed space. For the first time, Karen Wilkin examines the sculptor's fascination with questions about interior and exterior, volume and mass that verge on the architectural." "Work emerging from Caro's studio over the last two decades has emphasised density and containment. Wilkin reveals the evolution of this approach from its seeds in his early figurative sculptures of the 1950s, through his internationally celebrated steel works of the 1960s and 1970s, to his recent large-scale sculptures. These culminate in Caro's Chapel of Light, Bourbourg, Pas-de-Calais, where he was commissioned to bring a damaged 13th-century apse back to contemporary life. Caro treated the entire choir as a mixed-media sculptural volume, animated by his additions of wooden towers, reliefs and an enormous baptismal font." "Karen Wilkin draws on her vast knowledge of Caro's work, based on 30 years of experiencing his sculptures directly, visiting the studio and holding conversations with the artist. She reaches out to new audiences for his work while at the same time offering new insights and interpretations to the specialist."--Jacket
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David Smith
The world of Edward GoreyFrankenthaler : works on paper, 1949-1984Ascending peculiarity : Edward Gorey on Edward Gorey : interviewsGeorges BraqueClement Greenberg : a critic's collectionGiorgio MorandiColor as field : American painting, 1950-1975The drawings of Stuart Davis : the amazing continuity
Alternative Names
Karen Wilkin American art critic

Karen Wilkin Amerikaans kunstcritica

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