Jeanne Masoero: A Survey (New edition)

Jeanne Masoero: A Survey (New edition)

By: Sacha Craddock (author)Paperback

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This is the first book on artist Jeanne Masoero, one of the leading exponents of 'lyrical abstraction' - a term used by the English critic Sarah Kent to describe a range of late twentieth-century artists whose work, although abstract, is also related to and in communion with the external world, and which has a certain lyrical quality. Her particular concern with colour, light and spatial depth has been evident from the great clouds and glowing bars of colour of the first London exhibitions, to the mature work of the present where, using her own, unique method of composition, she creates thousands of tiny grains of colour, which combine to form paintings of striking power and light. Jeanne Masoero is an English citizen but the roots of her culture are European. At Goldsmiths College, London she began a lifelong friendship with the constructivist artists Kenneth and Mary Martin. She proceeded to the Slade, where she became a star pupil of William Coldstream. Her earliest paintings were made with transparent layers of fluid colour on a white ground, and she moved from there to using torn canvas, soaked in thinned paint, to provide the colour field with a new and calculated stress factor. A visit to the Mayan sites in the Yucatan led to a wholly new series of works using all white folded paper and layered reliefs. This gave rise to her Basis for Light exhibitions at the ICA, London and the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham in 1979. The pursuit of a more deep-seated structure, combined with a study of American Indian patterns and of mapping techniques, led Masoero to produce a large body of black-and-white work, before finally returning to colour in the Roads and Sky series of the early 1980s.

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Sacha Craddock is an independent art critic and lecturer. She is the chair of New Contemporaries, and has been a jury member for the Jerwood Painting Prize. She is in the process of setting up Monitor, a publication that will establish a forum for critical writing, discussion and newly commissioned work. Guy Brett had been an international writer on art, and a lecturer and exhibition organiser since the 1960s. Formerly Art Critic of The Times, London, and Visual Arts Editor of the London weekly City Limits, he has written extensively for the art press, including Art In America, Artforum, Studio International, and numerous European language magazines. In 2000 he curated Force Fields: Phases of the Kinetic (MACBA in Barcelona and the Hayward Gallery in London). His books include Kinetic Art: the Language of Movement (Studio Vista/Reinholdt, London and New York 1968) and Mona Hatoum (Phaidon, London 1977). Sarah Kent is the visual arts editor of Time Out Magazine. Her books include: Shark Infested Waters (Philip Wilson, 1994), a survey of Young British Artists in the Saatchi Collection; Stephen Balkenhol (Saatchi Gallery, 1996); and Women's Images of Men (Pandora Press reprinted 1990), essays and interviews by and with exhibitors from the exhibition of the same name. Edward Rutherfurd is the internationally best-selling author of the historical novels Sarum, Russka, London and The Forest. His books have been translated into fifteen languages. He is also an art collector.


Contents: The book in your hands, Guy Brett; Jeanne Masoero: Background to an artist's life, Edward Rutherfurd; A survey, Sacha Craddock; Extracts from a conversation between the artist and Jasia Reichardt; Figures and light, Sarah Kent.

Product Details

  • publication date: 28/04/2005
  • ISBN13: 9780853318545
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9780853318545
  • weight: 658
  • ISBN10: 0853318549
  • edition: New edition

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