Alan Davie in Hertford

Alan Davie in Hertford
Mark Hudson
NZ$ 103.99
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h280 x 230mm - 112pg
10 Mar 2022 UK
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This ground-breaking publication provides a new view of the great Scottish artist Alan Davie (1920-2014), whose intensely physical gestural painting stood the staid post-war British art world on its head. In advance of a new Davie gallery in Hertford, the visually spectacular book argues that far from being an essentially historical figure, defined by the abstract expressionist era of the Fifties and early Sixties when he enjoyed his greatest fame, Davie was a prophetic artist whose preoccupations with universal creativity and self-realisation are more relevant today than they' ve ever been. Lavishly illustrated with rare archive photographs and little-seen paintings, Alan Davie in Hertford demonstrates that Davie' s visionary art was far more closely bound up with physical places than is generally supposed, not least the quiet market town of Hertford, where he lived for 60 years. A catalogue of 40 works intended as the new gallery' s core collection, provides a "rich and fabulous" survey of Davie' s work, from student works of the Thirties to some of his very last paintings.
Mark Hudson is the art critic of the Independent. His books include Titian, the Last Days, Our Grandmothers' Drums (winner of the Thomas Cook and Somerset Maugham awards), Coming Back Brocken (winner of the NCR Award, precursor of the Baillie-Gifford Prize) and The Music in my Head. He has written for the Guardian, Sunday Times, Observer, Financial Times and was for five years chief art critic of the Daily Telegraph. Mark Hudson knew Alan Davie well while working on the film Alan Davie, An Excess of Energy with film editor Justin Krish. The open-ended nature of the project allowed Hudson to observe Davie' s working processes at close quarters over a long period from the early ' 80s to within weeks of the artist' s death in 2014.

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