THE FIGURE Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture Contemporary Persepctives

By Donald Kuspit and Irving Sandler, Edited by Margaret McCann Preface by David Kratz, Foreword by Bob Colacello

Skira Rizzoli / ISBN: 978-0-8478-4375-6 / September 2014 / $60.00 US Hardcover / 240 pages / 168 color illustrations / 11” x 10¼”

THE FIGURE: Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture – Contemporary Perspectives celebrates timeless and current approaches to the art of the figure, with outstanding examples of contemporary figurative art. Leading artists, including Jenny Saville, Eric Fischl, Will Cotton, Jerome Witkin, Hilary Harkness and Margaret Bowland, are featured alongside established and emerging talents. Essays by distinguished critics, painters and sculptors—including Donald Kuspit, Irving Sandler, Vincent Desiderio, Judy Fox, Julie Heffernan, Alexi Worth, David Ebony, Robert Taplin, Kurt Kauper and Nicola Verlato—provide diverse historical contexts for the volume’s nearly 170 artworks. Revolving around The New York Academy of Art, where contributors have studied, lectured, or taught, THE FIGURE reflects the institution’s distinctive commitment to both traditional skills and contemporary discourse.

Richly illustrated, THE FIGURE’s thought-provoking essays consider the evolution and effects of techniques— from classical cast drawing, perspective, and the camera obscura to the use of photography, Photoshop, and 3D-modeling in figurative art today. How these manifest in master works by Michelangelo or Manet, and reflect changing cultural conditions from antiquity to cyberspace, is also explored. In their “artist methodologies,” acclaimed artists—including Trenton Doyle Hancock, Rona Pondick, Steven Assael, F. Scott Hess, Alex Kanevsky, Alyssa Monks, Steve Mumford, Scott Noel, Natalie Frank and Richard Phillips—describe their artistic influences, and specific use of old and new techniques. Underscoring the art of the figure’s enduring appeal, THE FIGURE is essential to anyone interested in both tradition and progress in figure-based art, from students to professionals and collectors...