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What nerve! : alternative figures in American art, 1960 to the present

Author: Dan Nadel; Judith Tannenbaum; Rhode Island School of Design. Museum of Art,
Publisher: New York, NY : D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc., [2014] ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"What Nerve! reveals a hidden history of American figurative painting, sculpture and popular imagery. It documents and/or restages four installations, spaces or happenings, in Chicago, San Francisco, Detroit and Providence, which were crucial to the development of figurative art in the United States. Several of the better-known artists in What Nerve! have been the subject of significant exhibitions or publications,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dan Nadel; Judith Tannenbaum; Rhode Island School of Design. Museum of Art,
ISBN: 9781938922466 1938922468
OCLC Number: 880418952
Notes: Published as a companion to the exhibition What Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present, held Sept. 19, 2014-Jan. 4, 2015, Rhode Island School of Design.
Description: 368 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Foreword / John W. Smith --
Introduction / Dan Nadel --
Outside the looking glass / Judith Tannenbaum --
H.C. Westermann / Michael Rooks --
Hairy Who / Dominic Molon, Roger Brown --
Funk / Nicole Rudick --
William Copley / Dan Nadel --
Jack Kirby / Dan Nadel --
Christina Ramberg / Robert Cozzolino --
Destroy All Monsters / Cary Loren, Niagara --
Gary Panter / Nicole Rudick --
Elizabeth Murray / Naomi Fry --
Forcefield / Dan Nadel, Brian Chippendale.
Responsibility: Dan Nadel with Judith Tannenbaum, consulting curator.

Abstract:

"What Nerve! reveals a hidden history of American figurative painting, sculpture and popular imagery. It documents and/or restages four installations, spaces or happenings, in Chicago, San Francisco, Detroit and Providence, which were crucial to the development of figurative art in the United States. Several of the better-known artists in What Nerve! have been the subject of significant exhibitions or publications, but this is the first major volume to focus on the broader impact of figurative art to connect artists and collectives from different generations and regions of the country. These are: from Chicago, the Hairy Who (James Falconer, Art Green, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, Suellen Rocca, Karl Wirsum); from California, Funk artists (Jeremy Anderson, Robert Arneson, Roy De Forest, Robert Hudson, Ken Price, Peter Saul, Peter Voulkos, William T. Wiley); from Detroit, Destroy All Monsters (Mike Kelley, Cary Loren, Niagara, Jim Shaw); and from Providence, Forcefield (Mat Brinkman, Jim Drain, Leif Goldberg, Ara Peterson). Created in collaboration with artists from these groups, the historical moments at the core of What Nerve! are linked by work from six artists who profoundly influenced or were influenced by the groups: William Copley, Jack Kirby, Elizabeth Murray, Gary Panter, Christina Ramberg and H.C. Westermann. Featuring paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs and videos, as well as ephemera, wallpaper and other materials used in the reconstructed installations, the book and exhibition will broaden public exposure to the scope of this influential history. The exuberance, humor and politics of these artworks remain powerfully resonant. Much of the work in this book, including installation photos, exhibition ephemera and correspondence, is published for the first time. What Nerve! represents the first historical examination of the circumstances, relationships and works of an increasingly important lineage of American artists."--Publisher's web site.

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