The Compositions in which Figures and Movement Integrate with Nature: Elif Çelebi

While producing her paintings, Elif Çelebi inspires from the performing arts. In her compositions, the figures in motion integrate with nature and Çelebi takes the viewer from reality into fictional spaces in which there is no sense of gravity. Among the various techniques that Çelebi is experienced with, she mostly uses engraving while producing her […]

Modernists and Mavericks: Bacon, Freud, Hockney and London Painters

Martin Gayford’s masterful account of painting in London from the Second World War to the 1970s, illustrated by documentary photographs and the works themselves. Modernists and Mavericks explores this period based on an exceptionally deep well of firsthand interviews, often unpublished, with such artists as John Craxton, Lucian Freud, Allen Jones, R. B. Kitaj, Terry […]

Keeping an Eye Open: Essays On Art

From the Booker Prize-winning, bestselling author of The Sense of an Ending and Levels of Life: seventeen extraordinary essays on art that trace the arc from Romanticism to Realism and into Modernism. Flaubert believed that great paintings required no words of explanation. But, as Barnes notes, it is a rare picture that stuns, or argues, […]

A Criticism on Consumption Culture: Mihriban Mirap

In her paintings, Mihriban Mirap focuses on the consumption culture by representing people living in urban places as well as examining the notion of beauty defined in society by depicting the aged women. She opposes the norms imposed in a critical attitude. We had a brief conversation with the artist on her painting adventure, and […]

Warhol

The definitive biography of a fascinating and paradoxical figure, one of the most influential artists of his—or any—age. To this day, mention the name “Andy Warhol” to almost anyone and you’ll hear about his famous images of soup cans and Marilyn Monroe. But though Pop Art became synonymous with Warhol’s name and dominated the public’s […]

Lives of Lucian Freud

Lives of Lucian Freud is the first biography of the epic life of one of the most important, enigmatic and private artists of the 20th century. Drawn from almost 40 years of conversations with the artist, letters and papers, it is a major work written by a well-known British art critic. Though ferociously private, Lucian […]

Marina Abromović, Walk Through Walls: A Memoir

“I had experienced absolute freedom—I had felt that my body was without boundaries, limitless; that pain didn’t matter, that nothing mattered at all—and it intoxicated me.” In 2010, more than 750,000 people stood in line at Marina Abramović’s MoMA retrospective for the chance to sit across from her and communicate with her nonverbally in an […]

Love is Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon

Exploring the territory where art, love and sex collide, Love is the Devil charts the powerful and dangerous relationship between one of Britain’s most controversial artists, Francis Bacon (Derek Jacobi) and his lover and muse George Dyer (Daniel Craig). This is a dazzling, audacious feature from John Maybury, one of Britain’s most exciting directors, portraying […]