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Batchelor, David 1955-

Works: 71 works in 181 publications in 6 languages and 3,897 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Catalogs  Interviews 
Roles: Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: N6494.R4, 709.041
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Realism, rationalism, surrealism : art between the wars by Briony Fer ( Book )
10 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 1,018 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This is the third in a series of four books about art and its interpretation from the mid-nineteenth century to the end of the twentieth. The books seek to explain the most important issues confronting any study of modern art, without attempting exhaustive coverage. They present a range of approaches characteristic of current art-historical debates. The authors of the present book address debates in, and about, the avant-garde in the years between the two world wars. The first chapter, '"This liberty and this order": art in France after the First World War', considers responses by artists, primarily in France, to the First World War. The emergence of a 'School of Paris', and the competing avant-gardes of Purism, Dada and early Surrealism, is related to the wider social conditions existing in the wake of both devastation and victory. However, there is also a concern to indicate ways in which art can achieve independence from its framing conditions. Chapter 2, 'The language of construction', looks at the emergence of a concept of construction art. The focus is the post-revolutionary Soviet Union, though work in France and Weimar Germany is also considered. There is an examination of why construction proved so powerful a metaphor for artists at this time, and this leads to a consideration of ideas of utility and decoration in art and design. Chapter 3, 'Surrealism, myth and psychoanalysis', considers aspects of Surrealism, with an emphasis on questions of sexual difference. It looks at Surrealism's use of the legacy of Freud, and studies a wide range of textual and photographic sources in addition to paintings. In particular, there is a review of Surrealist magazines and the contribution of Georges Bataille. The final chapter, 'Realisms and realities', addresses the widespread debate over the question of Realism in art. For many, Realism represented an alternative to what was seen as the isolation or even elitism of the avant-garde, a viewpoint that gained support from the adoption of Socialist Realism as the official art form of the Soviet Union. However, other voices insisted that the avant-garde had a role to play in the development of a modern realism adequate to the conditions of the twentieth century
Minimalism by David Batchelor ( Book )
16 editions published between 1997 and 2004 in English and held by 875 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Auth: Royal College of Art, London, Co-published with Tate Gallery
Chromophobia by David Batchelor ( Book )
15 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in English and held by 557 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Batchelor coins the term "chromophobia"--a fear of corruption or contamination through color--in a meditation on color in western culture. Batchelor analyzes the history of, and the motivations behind, chromophobia, from its beginnings through examples of nineteenth-century literature, twentieth-century architecture and film to Pop art, minimalism and the art and architecture of the present day. He argues that there is a tradition of resistance to colour in the West,exemplified by many attempts to purge color from art, literature and architecture. Batchelor seeks to analyze the motivations behind chromophobia, considering the work of writers and philosophers who have used color as a significant motif, and offering new interpretations of familiar texts and works of art
Colour ( Book )
9 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Artists surveyed include: Joseph Albers, Mel Bochner, Daniel Buren, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Robert Delaunay, Sonia Delaunay, Jimmie Durham, Helen Frankenthaler, Paul Gauguin, Donald Judd, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Yves Klein, Kazimir Malevich, Piero Manzoni, Henri Matisse, Henri Michaux, Beatriz Milhazes, Piet Mondrian, Barnett Newman, Kenneth Noland, Helio Oiticica, Paul Signac, Ad Reinhardt, Gerhard Richter, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Bridget Riley, Mark Rothko, Yinka Shonibare, Jessica Stockholder, Theo van Doesburg, Vincent van Gogh, Victor Vasarely, Rachel Whiteread. Writers include: Theodor Adorno, Roland Barthes, Charles Baudelaire, Jean Baudrillard, Walter Benjamin, Charles Blanc, Jacques Derrida, Thierry de Duve, Umberto Eco, Victoria Finlay, Joris-Karl Huysmans, Johannes Itten, Julia Kristeva, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Jacqueline Lichtenstein, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, John Ruskin, Adrian Stokes, Ludwig Wittgenstein
Anne Katrine Dolven by David Batchelor ( Book )
8 editions published in 2001 in 3 languages and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Gary Hume : British Pavilion, XLVIII Venice Biennale, 13 June-7 Novermer 1999 by Gary Hume ( Book )
7 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Spiral city & other vicarious pleasures by Melanie Smith ( Book )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bob law : a retrospective by Bob Law ( Book )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Shape of things to come : new sculpture by Saatchi Gallery ( Book )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This book - the largest on contemporary sculpture yet to appear - is itself an object. The sequence of nearly 700 pages creates, as its title, suggests, an artistic vision of the future. The novel by H.G. Wells, to which the title refers, envisioned events up to the twenty-second century and served both as a surprisingly accurate prophecy and a reflection of the author's own time. The book was a touchstone for Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece, the film 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), in which a great monolith stands as an iconic but enigmatic sculptured presence. This new book opens with an enormous standing monolithic styrofoam sculpture of a video cassette of 2001." "Unlike other contemporary art, the work of sculpture never simply represents a concept or a metaphor. It is an object, Meghan Daily describes in her introduction how the objects presented here are derived from every conceivable material and vary from abstract arrangements to re-configurations of everyday forms in magnificent transformation of the mundane, such as giant electric sockets, and ultimately to the recurring theme of the human body. Though the objects are laid out like mysterious archaeological artifacts, they suggest traces of future worlds as much as they reflect the weird substance of the present. They are presented as if the reader was, in fact, a visitor from another planet and the objects here displayed constitute the monumental evidence of our lives."--BOOK JACKET
Max Ernst and the Surrealist revolution ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1993 and 2002 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Surrealist manifestos often used the term 'revolution, ' so why do the paintings contain hardly anything explicitly political? Presented by art historian David Batchelor, this program looks at the relationship between Surrealism's stated political commitments and examples of Max Ernst's works produced under its tenets. Batchelor, along with Professor Dawn Ades of the University of Essex and Dr. Sarah Wilson of the Courtauld Institute of Art, closely examine a number of canvases exhibited at the Tate Gallery in 1991. A 1961 BBC interview with Ernst rounds out this program."--Container
Minimalisme by David Batchelor ( Book )
1 edition published in 1999 in Dutch and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Beschouwing over het minimalisme als kunststroming
Chromophobie : Angst vor der Farbe by David Batchelor ( Book )
4 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in German and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Realismo, racionalismo, surrealismo : el arte de entreguerras by Briony Fer ( Book )
4 editions published in 1999 in Spanish and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mondrian by Jan Debbaut ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This program discusses the abstract art of the Dutch painter Piet Mondrian (1872-1944). Mondrian's painting is conventionally understood as clinical, calculated art from which all traces of life have been expunged by a process of rigorous purification. It is also among the best known of all abstract art owing to its bright colours and large simple shapes
Rachel Whiteread : plaster sculptures by Rachel Whiteread ( Book )
2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
La peur de la couleur by David Batchelor ( Book )
2 editions published in 2001 in French and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Linda Besemer by Linda Besemer ( Book )
2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Robert Rauschenberg by Carolyn Lanchner ( Book )
1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Features nine pieces by American artist Robert Rauschenberg selected from the Museum of Modern Art's collection, discussing the cultural context and significance of each work
Dali and surrealism ( Visual )
10 editions published between 1983 and 1993 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Portraits of the surrealist artist Salvador Dali. Discusses Dali's techniques and the symbolism he employed in his art. Also examines the surrealist movement and Dali's place within it
Surrealism by Open University ( Book )
2 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Batchelor, D. (1955- ).
David Batchelor
English (107)
German (9)
Spanish (4)
French (2)
Multiple languages (1)
Dutch (1)