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Varnedoe, Kirk 1946-2003

Works: 318 works in 937 publications in 5 languages and 22,644 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biographies  Catalogs  History  Conference papers and proceedings  Interviews  Notebooks  Drawings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Other, zxx, Author of introduction, Actor, Honoree, Creator, Redactor, Recipient, Dedicatee, Interviewee, Adapter
Classifications: ND237.P73, 759.13
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Kirk Varnedoe
A fine disregard : what makes modern art modern by Kirk Varnedoe( Book )

35 editions published between 1989 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 1,305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jackson Pollock by Kirk Varnedoe( Book )

25 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 1,292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers a brief profile of the artist, shows his major paintings and drawings, and discusses his place in modern art
High & low : modern art, popular culture by Kirk Varnedoe( Book )

31 editions published in 1990 in 3 languages and held by 1,228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Readins in high & low
Pictures of nothing : abstract art since Pollock by Kirk Varnedoe( Book )

12 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,221 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."
Vienna 1900 : art, architecture & design by Kirk Varnedoe( Book )

21 editions published in 1986 in English and German and held by 1,107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The exhibition which this book accompanies had its origins in the exhibition of Viennese cultural history, Traum und Wirklichkeit : Wien, 1870-1930, presented at the Künstlerhaus in Vienna from March to October 1985 ... much of the material presented in Traum und Wirklichkeit was also included in the exhibition shown at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Vienne, 1880-1938 : naissance d'un siecle
Chuck Close by Robert Storr( Book )

18 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 1,083 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Chuck Close, a leading figure in the New York art world since the early 1970s, has had essentially one subject - the human face. These oversized, closely cropped images invite the viewers' attention: they look out at us while we stare back at them. In his early work, Close used himself, his family, and many of his friends as his subjects. More recently he has concentrated on portraits of his artist friends, including Elizabeth Murray, Roy Lichtenstein, Lucas Samaras, Alex Katz, Kiki Smith, Lorna Simpson, and Robert Rauschenberg."--BOOK JACKET. "Chuck Close is published to accompany a mid-career retrospective exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in February 1998, organized by Robert Storr, Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture."--Publisher's description
Jasper Johns : a retrospective by Kirk Varnedoe( Book )

28 editions published in 1996 in English and German and held by 1,010 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
Gustave Caillebotte by Kirk Varnedoe( Book )

3 editions published between 1976 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 960 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 attractive artists in the group and as the painter of some of its most powerful and memorable images. The book includes beautiful color reproductions of all Caillebotte's most important works, his working drawings, and a selection of critical responses to his art when first shown
Modern contemporary : art at MoMA since 1980 by N.Y.) Museum of Modern Art (New York( Book )

20 editions published in 2000 in English and German and held by 876 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
Duane Hanson by Kirk Varnedoe( Book )

10 editions published in 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 858 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Foto's van levensgrote gepolychromeerde menselijke beelden van polyester enfiberglas, vervaardigd door de Amerikaanse kunstenaar Duane Hanson (1925- )
Northern light : Nordic art at the turn of the century by Kirk Varnedoe( Book )

20 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 815 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Scandinavia around the turn of the century, both established order and artistic tradition were challenged as a proliferation of talented artists sought to express new ideas against a backdrop of contention, both aesthetic and political. It was a 'golden age' for Nordic art; yet with the exception of Edvard Munch, remarkably little attention has been focused on the richness and diversity of the paintings made in Scandinavia during these years."--Jacket
The drawings of Rodin by Albert E Elsen( Book )

18 editions published between 1971 and 1972 in English and held by 804 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cy Twombly: a retrospective by Kirk Varnedoe( Book )

37 editions published in 1994 in 3 languages and held by 790 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 )

10 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 740 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These 74 plates reproduce four of Klinger's complete cycles: Eve and the Future; A Glove; A Love; and On Death, Part I; plus many other illustrations. Reproduced directly from original portfolio editions, the etchings foreshadow the Surrealist movement with fantasies about love and death, sexual psychoses, fetish obsessions, and bizarre nightmares
Modern art and popular culture : readings in high & low by Kirk Varnedoe( Book )

29 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 712 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 )

14 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 572 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Jackson Pollock is widely considered the most challenging and influential American artist of the twentieth century. In his revolutionary paintings of the late 1940s, he poured paint into complex webs of interlacing lines, rhythmically punctuated by pools of color. With their allover composition, apparent abstraction, and spontaneous but controlled paint-handling, these powerful works announced the emergence of Abstract Expressionism." "In 1998-99, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, organized a landmark retrospective of Pollock's work, making it possible for a new generation of artists and viewers to experience his paintings firsthand. During the exhibition, nine leading scholars gathered at the Museum to discuss Pollock's work and its meaning today. Their essays, collected in this volume, demonstrate the continued relevance of Pollock's work for contemporary art, and the vitality and diversity of contemporary criticism."--Jacket
Jackson Pollock : interviews, articles, and reviews by Jackson Pollock( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 570 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 )

7 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 514 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 )

12 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Jasper Johns, one of the most influential artists of our time, has been the subject of intense public scrutiny since his landmark first exhibition in 1958. Yet this book, published in conjunction with the 1996-97 exhibition "Jasper Johns: A Retrospective" at The Museum of Modern Art, is the first to present this very private figure in his own words. It brings together Johns's few written articles, key interviews, and the fullest selection ever of his sketchbook drawings and notes. Important parts of this material are published here for the first time; others have previously been unavailable in English. The provocative originality and subtlety of Johns's thoughts on art, and his well-known concern with precision in language, are evident throughout. This volume will be indispensable for the study of the artist, and will provide fascination and pleasure for all readers interested in contemporary creativity."--BOOK JACKET
Northern light : realism and symbolism in Scandinavian painting, 1880-1910 by Kirk Varnedoe( Book )

27 editions published in 1982 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Donated: The Margaret A. Bailey Art Collection
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Jackson Pollock
Pictures of nothing : abstract art since PollockChuck CloseJasper Johns : a retrospectiveModern contemporary : art at MoMA since 1980Graphic works of Max KlingerModern art and popular culture : readings in high & lowJackson Pollock : new approachesJackson Pollock : interviews, articles, and reviews
Alternative Names
Kirk Varnedoe Amerikaans conservator (1946-2003)

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

Varnedoe, K.

Varnedoe, K. 1946-2003

Varnedoe, Kirk, 1946-

Varnedoe, Kirk T. 1946-2003

Кирк Варнедо американский искусствовед, историк искусства и музейный куратор

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