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Rose Wylie: Which One

Contributions by Hans Ulrich Obrist / Foreword by Nicholas Serota
Published by David Zwirner Books
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This comprehensive catalog of the work of the beloved artist Rose Wylie over the last five years, highlighting her expansive oeuvre of painting and drawing

“Wylie fearlessly tackles the thorniest topics head-on, committing her thoughts and questions about politics, religion, fame, love, history, money and nature to canvas.” — Charlotte Brook, Harper’s Bazaar

Inspired by film, pop culture, and the history of fashion as she experienced personally, Wylie harnesses a union of high and low culture with a bold technique of mark making. Her unique practice of material overlay and erasure creates fantastic compositions. Creating conceptual tensions between formal and informal aesthetics, Wylie employs the visual elements of text as formal details in her paintings.

With a beautiful swiss binding, this monograph compiles the work of four exhibitions at David Zwirner offering a full breadth of Wylie’s most recent work to date. Giving insight and compassion to Wylie’s feminist and rebellious impulses, Judith Bernstein writes an accompanying text on how she relates to Wylie’s ambitious and playful energy. With a foreword by Nicholas Serota, this publication also features new essays by Barry Schwabsky and David Salle and an enlightening interview between the artist and Hans Ulrich Obrist.

About The Authors

British artist Rose Wylie (b. 1934) paints uniquely recognizable, colorful, and exuberant compositions that at first glance are instantly accessible, not seeming to align with any discernible style or movement, but on closer inspection are revealed to be wittily observed and subtly sophisticated meditations on the nature of visual representation itself. As curator Clarrie Wallis notes, "[Wylie's] large pictures are painted in a kind of visual shorthand that is direct and legible. The ability to elicit a range of responses is made possible precisely because of her reduction of form to an essential vibrancy that incorporates, via the very physicality of her medium, not just what the artist sees but an accompanying multitude of thoughts, feelings, and memories. Wylie's work is a sophisticated transmutation, or sifting of perceptual experience, carrying as it does a wealth of affective and allusive resonances, into the painted form."

Barry Schwabsky is an art critic for The Nation and coeditor of international reviews for Artforum. He has published several books of criticism, among them The Observer Effect: On Contemporary Painting (2019), Landscape Painting Now: From Pop Abstraction to New Romanticism (2019), and The Perpetual Guest: Art in the Unfinished Present (2016). His fourth collection of poetry is Feelings of And (2022). He has taught at Goldsmiths College, Yale University, and the Maryland Institute College of Art, among others, and lives in New York.

Since her MFA from Yale in 1967, Judith Bernstein has developed a reputation as one of the most unwaveringly provocative artists of her generation. For over 50 years, her work has been an autobiographical exploration of the connection between the political and the sexual. Steadfast in her cultural, political and social critique throughout her career, Bernstein surged into art world prominence in the early 1970s with her monumental anti-war and Feminist charcoal drawings of anthropomorphic phallic screws. In 2016 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her work is included in collections internationally.

David Salle is an American painter and essayist. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at museums and galleries worldwide, and his paintings are in the collections of major museums both here and abroad. He was recently the subject of a career survey exhibition at the Brant Foundation, Greenwich CT. Salle is also a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His collection of essays HOW TO SEE: Looking, Talking, and Thinking about Art, was published by W.W. Norton in 2016.  

Product Details

  • Publisher: David Zwirner Books (January 10, 2023)
  • Length: 196 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781644230756

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Raves and Reviews

“there’s a great sense of exploration and vigor in Wylie’s paintings. They are always deeply considered and informed by art history”

– W Magazine

“there’s a great sense of exploration and vigor in Wylie’s paintings. They are always deeply considered and informed by art history”

– W Magazine

“The idiosyncratic English artist Rose Wylie makes the process of importing things in the world to the realm of the painted feel exhilarating and new.”

– David Salle, The New York Review of Books

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