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George Tooker
Garver, Thomas H.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : C.N. Potter : Distributed by Crown Publishers, [1985]

Physical Description:
144 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
General Note:
"An Imago Imprint book."

Includes index.
Added Author:
Format :

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This Reprint Contains Over 150 Paintings of George Tooker. The color reproductions capture the luminous quality of the artist's work in egg tempera, and his meticulous painting technique is described in detail through an intimate look into Tooker's studio. For more than forty-five years Tooker has painted haunting psychological landscapes that explore the human condition of modern society, all characterized by mystery, magic, ambiguity, symbolism, classical form, and masterful technique. The absorbing images both enchant and repel us in their forceful depiction of the complexities of our age while clearly demonstrating the artist's love of composition and human form.

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Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Once you've seen a George Tooker painting, you won't soon forget it, but Tooker's life and work are not well known. This gap in American art history is splendidly redressed in this volume of lustrous reproductions and informative biographical and critical essays published in conjunction with the first Tooker retrospective in three decades. Born in 1920, Tooker has long been influenced by his love of literature, passion for Renaissance art, and spirituality. After finding a place within a circle of fellow gay artists and writers, including Paul Cadmus, Lincoln Kirstein, and W. H. Auden, Tooker left New York and the postwar action-painting vortex for Vermont, where he still works in the unforgiving medium of egg tempera, creating empathic, haunting paintings of people literally or figuratively boxed in and isolated, such as his most famous work, Subway (1950), in which wary women and men navigate prisonlike halls. Sensitive to prejudice and injustice, concerned with alienation and other maladies of the soul, and critical of corporate culture, Tooker describes his freshly germane work as protest paintings. Attuned to life's mysteries, sorrows, and beauty, Tooker is also a painter of light and love.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2008 Booklist