Nature Morte

Nature Morte

Contemporary artists reinvigorate the Still-Life tradition

  1. Michael Petry
  • ISBN 9780500239063
  • 27.50 x 23.00 cm
  • PLC (no jacket) with tipped on plate to front board
  • 288pp
  • 391 Illustrations, 366 in colour
  • First published 2013

Provocative, poignant reimaginings of the still life by over 180 international contemporary artists

‘Thought-provoking and richly visual … the poignant, provocative re-imaginings of the traditional still life by over 180 international contemporary artists’ –
'... scratch the surface of any major art show and the still life remains the ultimate way of looking at the world through modern eyes'Wallpaper*
'... stunning, horrific, weird and challenging images, that span all mediums and interpretations'–
‘Lively … a cabinet of curiosities, both beautiful and weird’ – Peter Conrad, The Observer
‘Highlights the rich tradition that looms behind even the starkest conceptual art’ – World of Interiors

Nature Morte

This important, timely book reveals in over 400 illustrations how leading artists of the 21st century have reinvigorated a genre previously synonymous with 16th- and 17th-century Old Masters. These audacious new still lifes will redefine what it means to be a work of nature morte, or ‘dead nature’.

Whether in painting, photography, sculpture or video, contemporary artists have drawn on a tradition ripe with metaphorical and moral significance to create works of conceptual vivacity and striking beauty.

Michael Petry has structured the book according to the classic categories of the still-life tradition – Flora, Food, House and Home, Fauna and Death. Each chapter explores how the timeless symbol of the memento mori – a reminder of death, change and the passing of time – has been rediscovered for a new millennium.

Includes works by:
    John Currin
    Saara Ekström
    Elmgreen & Dragset
    Renata Hegyi
    Damien Hirst
    David Hockney
    Gary Hume
    McDermott & McGough
    Beatriz Milhazes
    Gabriel Orozco
    Marc Quinn
    Sophie Calle
    Cy Twombly
    Ai Weiwei
… and many more

Michael Petry is an artist, curator and Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), London. His previous books include The Art of Not Making, published by Thames & Hudson.