Nature Morte

Nature Morte

Contemporary artists reinvigorate the Still-Life tradition

  1. Michael Petry
  • ISBN 9780500292235
  • 27.50 x 22.70 cm
  • Paperback with flaps
  • 288pp
  • 391 Illustrations, 366 in colour
  • First published 2016

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

Now in paperback

'… 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
‘Stunning, horrific, weird and challenging images, that span all mediums andinterpretations’–

This visually stunning book reveals how leading artists of the twentyfirst century are reinvigorating the still life, a genre previously synonymous with the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Old Masters.

Michael Petry’s careful curation celebrates works by emerging and established artists alike, from all over the globe, including John Currin, Elmgreen & Dragset, Renata Hegyi, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Jeff Koons, Beatriz Milhazes, Gabriel Orozco, Elizabeth Peyton, Marc Quinn, Sam Taylor-Wood and Ai Weiwei.

Short but compelling introductions begin each chapter and are followed by dramatic, visually led spreads that pair each work with a perceptive reading of its significance to the still-life tradition.

Michael Petry is an artist, curator and Director of Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), London. He is the author of Installation Art, Installation in the New Millennium and The Art of Not Making, all published by Thames & Hudson.