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Varnedoe, Kirk 1946-2003

Works: 233 works in 666 publications in 4 languages and 20,760 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Exhibition catalogs  History  Conference proceedings  Interviews  Catalogs  Biography  Art 
Roles: Author, Editor, zxx, Creator, Honoree, Other, Author of introduction, Contributor, Interviewee, Dedicatee
Classifications: ND237.P73, 759.13
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Most widely held works by Kirk Varnedoe
A fine disregard : what makes modern art modern by Kirk Varnedoe( Book )

19 editions published between 1989 and 1994 in 3 languages and held by 1,303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

High & low : modern art, popular culture by Kirk Varnedoe( Book )

36 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and German and held by 1,278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Om moderne kunst og den påvirkning graffiti, plakater, annoncer m.m. har haft på "etablerede" kunstnere
Jackson Pollock by Kirk Varnedoe( Book )

21 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 1,209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers a brief profile of the artist, shows his major paintings and drawings, and discusses his place in modern art
Pictures of nothing : abstract art since Pollock by Kirk Varnedoe( Book )

11 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""What is abstract art good for? What's the use--for us as individuals, or for any society--of pictures of nothing, of paintings and sculptures or prints or drawings that do not seem to show anything except themselves?" In this invigorating account of abstract art since Jackson Pollock, eminent art historian Kirk Varnedoe, the former chief curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, asks these and other questions as he frankly confronts the uncertainties we may have about the nonrepresentational art produced in the last five decades. He makes a compelling argument for its history and value, much as E. H. Gombrich tackled representation fifty years ago in Art and Illusion, another landmark A. W. Mellon Lectures volume. Realizing that these lectures might be his final work, Varnedoe conceived of them as a statement of his faith in modern art and the culminating example of his lucidly pragmatic and philosophical approach to art history. He delivered the lectures, edited and reproduced here with their illustrations, to overflowing crowds at the National Gallery of Art in Washington in the spring of 2003, just months before his death. With brilliance, passion, and humor, Varnedoe addresses the skeptical attitudes and misunderstandings that we often bring to our experience of abstract art. Resisting grand generalizations, he makes a deliberate and scholarly case for abstraction--showing us that more than just pure looking is necessary to understand the self-made symbolic language of abstract art. Proceeding decade by decade, he brings alive the history and biography that inform the art while also challenging the received wisdom about distinctions between abstraction and representation, modernism and postmodernism, and minimalism and pop. The result is a fascinating and ultimately moving tour of a half century of abstract art, concluding with an unforgettable description of one of Varnedoe's favorite works."
Gustave Caillebotte by Kirk Varnedoe( Book )

15 editions published between 1987 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A stunning study of the life and work of Gustave Caillebotte, until recently the forgotten man of Impressionism, but now recognized as one of the most interesting and attrative artists in the group and as the painter of some of its most powerful and memorable images."--Cover
Chuck Close by Robert Storr( Book )

13 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 1,097 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Published on the occasion of an exhibition held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and three other museums between February 26, 1998 and May, 1999
Jasper Johns : a retrospective by Kirk Varnedoe( Book )

24 editions published between 1996 and 2006 in English and held by 1,046 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Accompanying the major exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1996-97, Jasper Johns: A Retrospective contains 264 color plates illustrating Johns's work in all its facets - paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints. An introductory essay by Kirk Varnedoe, the exhibition's curator, looks back through the layers of memory in Johns's recent work to review the essential themes that have engaged the artist since his epoch-making Flag and Target paintings of the mid-1950s. In the book's second essay, Roberta Bernstein analyzes a crucial tactic in Johns's art: his many methods of referring to predecessor artists ranging from Leonardo and Grunewald to Cezanne, Duchamp, and Picasso. The illustrations for Bernstein's essay include a fourteen-page section reproducing the images she discusses - a striking visual demonstration of the variety of the art that Johns's work gathers together and transforms. Varnedoe then takes the opposite approach to Bernstein's, exploring how Johns's art has been interpreted by the artists of his and our own time: from the Pop, Minimal and Conceptual movements of the 1960s through to the new art of today, his work has proved rich enough to have a fundamentally influential impact on an extraordinarily diverse array of artists. The plates in Jasper Johns: A Retrospective are arranged in sections according to the stages of Johns's career, allowing comparison of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints from each period of his art as it has developed and changed. This comprehensive selection of reproductions is interwoven with an illustrated chronology tracing Johns's life and work with unprecedented accuracy and thoroughness
Vienna 1900 : art, architecture & design by Kirk Varnedoe( Book )

22 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and German and held by 1,040 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Catalogus, uitg. bij een overzichtstentoonstelling, gewijd aan de beeldende kunst van eind 19e, begin 20e eeuw in Wenen
Duane Hanson by Kirk Varnedoe( Book )

7 editions published in 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 868 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Foto's van levensgrote gepolychromeerde menselijke beelden van polyester enfiberglas, vervaardigd door de Amerikaanse kunstenaar Duane Hanson (1925- )
Modern contemporary : art at MoMA since 1980 by N.Y.) Museum of Modern Art (New York( Book )

14 editions published in 2000 in English and German and held by 855 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Modern Contemporary is the first publication to address the extensive holdings of contemporary art in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The book covers an international spectrum of art in a variety of mediums all made within the final two decades of the twentieth century. Organized chronologically and encompassing a prime selection of the Museum's recent acquisitions of painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, drawing, design, prints, film, and video, this rich and varied array of art from 1980 until now offers a virtual compendium of the visual culture of our own time." "This lively panorama of stimulating juxtapositions, sequences, and cross references provides more than 550 works of art, the vast majority in full color, demonstrating just how actively the Museum, celebrated worldwide for its incomparable early modern collection, has been acquiring works from the present and the immediate past."--Jacket
Northern light : Nordic art at the turn of the century by Kirk Varnedoe( Book )

11 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 820 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The drawings of Rodin by Albert E Elsen( Book )

14 editions published between 1971 and 1972 in English and held by 776 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cy Twombly: a retrospective by Kirk Varnedoe( Book )

30 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in 3 languages and held by 746 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this volume, an extended essay by Kirk Varnedoe, Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, examines the artist's background and early education in Lexington, Virginia, and charts his study at the Boston Museum School, the Art Students League of New York, and the renowned, progressive Black Mountain College in North Carolina. Twombly's early contacts with both the modern European tradition and New York School painting are examined, and the emergence of his own distinct style in the mid-1950s is presented with a new clarity." "More than fifty of the artist's most important paintings from all phases of his career are reproduced in color, including recent works never seen outside the studio and several important earlier works not previously published. A dozen sculptures, stretching from the artist's early assemblages of the 1940s through work of recent years, are also reproduced, as well as more than forty works on paper."--Jacket
Graphic works of Max Klinger by Max Klinger( Book )

9 editions published in 1977 in English and German and held by 708 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Modern art and popular culture : readings in high & low( Book )

15 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 640 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Met reg. Verschenen t.g.v. de tentoonstelling 'High & Low' in het MOMA, New York van 7 oktober 1990- 15 januari 1991. A collection of essays on the various styles of popular art. From Bernini's caricatures to the art of the Russian avant-garde, from the music halls of Paris in the Belle Epoque to the sunlit studios of Los Angeles in the sixties
Jackson Pollock : new approaches by Jackson Pollock( Book )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 533 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jackson Pollock by Ellen G Landau( Book )

3 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 526 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a collection of articles on and by Jackson Pollock including interviews, reviews and articles by friends and his wife, painter Lee Krasner
Picasso and Braque, a symposium by William Rubin( Book )

9 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Proceedings of a symposium held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 10-15, 1989, in conjunction with the exhibition 'Picasso and Braque: pioneering Cubism, ' shown September 24, 1989--January 16, 1990"--T.p. verso./ Includes bibliographical references
Jasper Johns : writings, sketchbook notes, interviews by Jasper Johns( Book )

10 editions published between 1996 and 2002 in English and held by 447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through African eyes( Visual )

2 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When first seen in the Western world in 1900, African art was viewed as strange and exotic. Yet these works, the booty of colonial wars, would influence Picasso, Matisse, and Modigliani and change the course of 20th century art. This program, while recognizing this impact, introduces noted experts who explain the importance of reappraising African art within its own cultural context. Then local Malian inhabitants in a Bamana village and the walled city of Djenne comment on the function of art and the role of the artist in their society
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Kirk Varnedoe Art historian

Kirk Varnedoe US-amerikanischer Kunsthistoriker

Train Varnedoe, John Kirk 1946-2003

Varnedoe, J. K. 1946-2003

Varnedoe J. Kirk T.

Varnedoe, J. Kirk T. 1946-

Varnedoe, J. Kirk T. 1946-2003

Varnedoe, John Kirk Train 1946-2003

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Varnedoe, Kirk T. 1946-2003

High & low : modern art, popular cultureJackson PollockPictures of nothing : abstract art since PollockGustave CaillebotteChuck CloseJasper Johns : a retrospectiveVienna 1900 : art, architecture & designModern contemporary : art at MoMA since 1980