Victor Willing: Visions

Author:   John McEwen ,  Victoria Howarth ,  Liz Gilmore ,  Nicholas Serota
Publisher:   Art / Books
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9781908970534


Pages:   112
Publication Date:   09 January 2020
Format:   Paperback
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Victor Willing (1928-88) established his reputation while still a student at the Slade School of Art in the early 1950s, and because of his talent, vigour and intellect was known as the 'spokesman of his generation'. This volume is the first monograph in two decades on this brilliant, ground-breaking but overlooked painter, who has been described by Nicholas Serota as someone who burned the brightest in a bright generation, and whose paintings 'continue to demonstrate that this was no shooting star but rather a fiery comet which would eventually guide us all'. The book covers each decade of his tumultuous life and career, from his time at the Slade when he produced nude studies and portraits, his life in Portugal with his wife Paula Rego, his return to London in the 1970s, and his untimely death from multiple sclerosis in 1988 at the age of sixty. He is acclaimed especially for his work in the 1970s and 1980s, which present dream and hallucinatory imagery and a personal iconography that in its childlike forms reached towards a new language of figuration. The book includes work from all aspects of Willing's artistic practice, including painting, drawing, and sculpture. A text by his close friend and long-time admirer, the critic John McEwen, illustrated by works and unseen material from the family archive, considers each phase of the artist's life, including darker periods of artistic and emotional difficulty.

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Author:   John McEwen ,  Victoria Howarth ,  Liz Gilmore ,  Nicholas Serota
Publisher:   Art / Books
Imprint:   Art / Books
Weight:   0.780kg
ISBN:  

9781908970534


ISBN 10:   1908970537
Pages:   112
Publication Date:   09 January 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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Sir Nicholas Serota CH is the chair of Arts Council England and the former director of Tate. Liz Gilmore is Director of Hastings Contemporary. Victoria Howarth is Curator at Hastings Contemporary. John McEwen is a writer and art critic. He is the former art critic of the Spectator and the Sunday Telegraph, the arts editor of The Field, and a founder of The Oldie.

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