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Elderfield, John

Works: 176 works in 657 publications in 4 languages and 24,130 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Catalogs  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Redactor, Author of introduction, Other, Contributor, zxx, Adapter, Curator, Interviewer, Compiler
Classifications: N6853.M33, 709.24
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Most widely held works by John Elderfield
Henri Matisse : a retrospective by John Elderfield( Book )

30 editions published in 1992 in 3 languages and held by 1,658 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Complete overview of the art and career of Henri Matisse through an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art
The "wild beasts" : Fauvism and its affinities by John Elderfield( Book )

12 editions published between 1976 and 1984 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The art of Richard Diebenkorn by Jane Livingston( Book )

9 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 1,222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993) quietly constructed a place for himself in the history of twentieth-century art with his singular vision and intense commitment to the idea and practice of both figuration and abstraction. In this book, which accompanies the Whitney Museum's 1997 Diebenkorn retrospective exhibition, the most comprehensive survey of his work ever held, Diebenkorn emerges as an artist who restored to late modernism the sense of the sublime that seemed to fade with each successive decade after World War II. In the 1940s and early 1950s, he forged an impressive abstract vocabulary - and then suddenly abandoned it in 1955 for a representational mode that encompassed still lifes, landscapes, figures, and interiors. Along with painters David Park and Elmer Bischoff, he established what has come to be known as the Bay Area Figurative School. Twelve years later, in 1967, Diebenkorn moved back into abstraction, embarking on the renowned Ocean Park series of paintings and drawings that he continued to develop until the end of his life
The cut-outs of Henri Matisse by Henri Matisse( Book )

17 editions published between 1978 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,093 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A study of the art form developed by Matisse after an operation drained him of the strength to continue his oil painting, focusing on the elements of color and design that characterize his prints, paper cut-outs, and paper cut-out maquettes
Matisse in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, including remainder-interest and promised gifts by John Elderfield( Book )

17 editions published in 1978 in 3 languages and held by 1,049 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bonnard by Sarah Whitfield( Book )

29 editions published in 1998 in 3 languages and held by 1,002 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) is among the most enigmatic of the great masters of twentieth-century painting. In this book, Sarah Whitfield and John Elderfield bring a new understanding to his deeply serious, complex paintings." "Published to accompany a major retrospective exhibition at the Tate Gallery, London, and at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Bonnard features two important essays based on much fresh research. Sarah Whitfield, curator of the exhibition, discusses the legacy of the Symbolism of Bonnard's early years and the way in which his acceptance of nature's surrender to time finds expression in the grand elegiac paintings of the later period. John Elderfield, curator of the exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, writes about Bonnard's awareness of the complexities of visual perception, and how crucial an understanding of this is to fully comprehending his stature as a painter."--BOOK JACKET
Kurt Schwitters by John Elderfield( Book )

17 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 909 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Morris Louis : the Museum of Modern Art, New York by John Elderfield( Book )

18 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 867 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this book Elderfield closely analyzes Louis's major series: the two groups of ... Veils of 1954 and 1958-59, the ... Unfurleds of 1960-61, and ... Stripes of 1961-62, as well a transitional pictures"--Page 4 of cover
De Kooning : a retrospective by John Elderfield( Book )

19 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 836 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overview: Published in conjunction with the first large-scale, multi-medium, posthumous retrospective of Willem de Kooning's career, this publication offers an unparalleled opportunity to appreciate the development of the artist's work as it unfolded over nearly seven decades, beginning with his early academic works, made in Holland before he moved to the United States in 1926, and concluding with his final, sparely abstract paintings of the late 1980s. The volume presents approximately 200 paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints, covering the full diversity of de Kooning's art and placing his many masterpieces in the context of a complex and fascinating pictorial practice. An introductory essay by John Elderfield, MoMA's Chief Curator Emeritus of Painting and Sculpture, provides an in-depth exploration of de Kooning's development, context and sources, theory of art and working methods. Sections devoted to particular areas of the artist's oeuvre provide an illustrated chronology of the period and a brief introduction, as well as detailed entries on groups of works. With lavish, full-color documentation, this landmark publication is the most complete account of de Kooning's artistic career to date
Frankenthaler by John Elderfield( Book )

7 editions published between 1987 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 815 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The modern drawing : 100 works on paper from the Museum of Modern Art by John Elderfield( Book )

13 editions published in 1983 in 3 languages and held by 814 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jasper Johns : an allegory of painting, 1955-1965 by Jeffrey S Weiss( Book )

16 editions published in 2007 in English and German and held by 787 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume was published to accompany an exhibition of the works of American contemporary artist who works primarily in painting and printmaking, Jasper Johns (b. 1930). In the late 1950's, Johns emerged as force in the American art scene. His richly worked paintings of maps, flags, and targets led the artistic community away from Abstract Expressionism toward a new emphasis on the concrete. Johns laid the groundwork for both Pop Art and Minimalism. The exhibition of works depicted in this book was held at the National Gallery in Washington, concentrating on the pivotal decade 1955-1965 when Johns produced his most famous works. Alongside the full color reproductions of Johns' works are analysis of various diverse aspects of these early years of his career that established him as one of the great figures in modern art and stimulated much in art created by others
The drawings of Henri Matisse by John Elderfield( Book )

19 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 730 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Matisse : radical invention, 1913-1917 by Stephanie D'Alessandro( Book )

11 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book examines the working method, experimental techniques, and compositional choices Matisse used in works created between 1913 and 1917. The works that Henri Matisse (1869-1954) executed between late 1913 and 1917 are among his most demanding, experimental, and enigmatic. Often sharply composed, heavily reworked, and dominated by the colors black and gray, these compositions are rigorously abstracted and purged of nearly all descriptive detail. Although they have typically been treated as unrelated to one another, as aberrations within the artist's oeuvre, or as singular responses to Cubism or World War I, this book reveals the deep connections among them
Howard Hodgkin paintings by Howard Hodgkin( Book )

17 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in English and held by 698 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An up-to-date catalogue raisonne of Hodgkin's oil paintings, the first to appear in print, completes the volume. It allows the reader to see the artist's historical development, the full range of his achievement, and the critical reaction to his work. A chronology and extensive bibliography are also included
ModernStarts : people, places, things by N.Y.) Museum of Modern Art (New York( Book )

14 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 647 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is an illustrated guide to the visual arts of the period 1880 through 1920 as represented in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art ... [ModernStarts is a] three-section exhibition ... As the name People, Places, and Things suggest, the first focuses on images of the human figure; the second ... particular parts of space, represented and real; and the third presents objects"-- > str. 17-18
Modern painting and sculpture : 1880 to the present at the Museum of Modern Art by N.Y.) Museum of Modern Art (New York( Book )

10 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 591 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Modern pioneers - Matisse - Picasso - Modernism - Art in Europe trough to World War I - Modernism between the two World Wars - Transatlantic modern - Art of the real - Pop Art - Minimalist painting and sculpture - Contemporary Art - Modern art since 1970
Martin Puryear by Martin Puryear( Book )

13 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 590 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

European master paintings from Swiss collections : post-impressionism to World War II : [exhibition] by John Elderfield( Book )

12 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The language of the body : drawings by Pierre-Paul Prud'hon by Pierre-Paul Prud'hon( Book )

9 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

French artist Pierre-Paul Prud'hon (1758-1823) is best known as a painter of mythological and allegorical subjects that impressed his younger contemporaries Theodore Gericault and Eugene Delacroix. Fully as deserving of attention is a series of exquisite chalk studies - known as academies - that he made throughout his career. These drawings of male and female nudes - many of which have never before been published - are the focus of this beautiful and unique book. In his text, John Elderfield first discusses Prud'hon's life and work, examining the complexities and contradictions of his career and his singular place in the art of his time, including his role in the creation of the modern female nude. Then he considers the drawings themselves. Following the text are fifty-seven of Prud'hon's finest drawings - reproduced in full color - carefully selected and arranged by Robert Gordon to unfold in a visual display of gesture and form. The book concludes with the author's notes and a selected bibliography
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Henri Matisse : a retrospective
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Elderfield, John

John Elderfield

John Elderfield American art historian and curator

English (288)

German (10)

French (3)

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The art of Richard DiebenkornBonnardDe Kooning : a retrospectiveFrankenthalerJasper Johns : an allegory of painting, 1955-1965Matisse : radical invention, 1913-1917Howard Hodgkin paintingsModernStarts : people, places, things