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Malcolm Morley : itineraries
Lebensztejn, Jean-Claude.
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London : Reaktion, [2001]

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255 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
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N6537.M645 L4313 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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This is the first comprehensive book on the work of the controversial artist Malcolm Morley. It covers his entire career to date, from his beginnings in England, through his receipt of the Turner Prize in 1984, to his 1999 statement that he was going to repaint all his pictures.

Born and trained in Britain but resident in America since 1958, Morley is best known as an exponent of Superrealism, his explorations of which were inspired by printed media. Superrealism represents only one aspect of Morley's career, however. As his technique became increasingly free in the 1970s, he began to introduce so-called 'found' objects into his work. In the 1980s, he increasingly used watercolors made while traveling as the basis for oil paintings. Besides travel, many of Morley's pictures derive from childhood memories or picture manufactured disaster scenarios.

Morley is distinguished by his ongoing ability to reinvent himself. Jean-Claude Lebensztejn demonstrates how Morley's work is imbued with meaning through process. Lebensztejn's unparalleled access to the artist and to his personal archive provides the foundation for this portrait of one of the few painters of the last four decades to have risked change on such a grand scale and achieved international success.

Author Notes

Jean-Claude Lebensztejn is Professor of Art History at the University of Paris I and has written essays, articles and books on art, poetry, linguistics and cinema.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. 7
1 Memoryp. 9
2 Youthp. 13
3 Fidelity Paintingsp. 23
Battleshipsp. 23
Ocean Liners and Cabinsp. 26
Amsterdam/Rotterdamp. 32
Bad Yearp. 39
Vermeerp. 43
'Superrealism'p. 47
Gridsp. 48
Formalist Paradoxp. 49
Aesthetics of Collagep. 51
Invisible Artp. 51
Second Degreep. 53
4 Catastrophesp. 59
ZXp. 59
Rupture--Continuityp. 62
Tiny Bits of Paintingsp. 62
Los Angeles Yellow Pagesp. 69
School of Athensp. 73
Transition to Oilp. 76
New York City Postcard Foldoutp. 77
2D/3Dp. 80
Social Sculpturep. 83
Remembrance of Things Pastp. 88
Spatial Gridsp. 90
Enters Historyp. 98
Collisions of Vision and Thoughtp. 102
Visual Logicp. 104
5 Tropicsp. 107
Watercoloursp. 107
Animalsp. 110
Out Dark Spotp. 115
The Lonely Ranger Lost in the Jungle of Erotic Desiresp. 118
Sensation without Memory?p. 123
Voyagesp. 127
Cradle of Civilizationp. 132
Again Kachinas, and Againp. 140
'Intensely Bad, Failed Nightmares'p. 144
'You'll sing it till you learn it!'p. 157
6 Open Seap. 159
Snakeskinp. 159
Aquatic Demonp. 168
Simply at Flat Plane in Spacep. 169
Contoursp. 194
Combinatoryp. 204
Yellow Paintingsp. 214
Springboks and Paraglidersp. 219
7 Painter's Floorp. 227
Epiloguep. 231
Referencesp. 233
Bibliographyp. 239
Artist's Chronologyp. 243
List of Illustrationsp. 249
Photographic Acknowledgementsp. 256