Joe Zucker (Hardcover)

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A comprehensive monograph of the work of Joe Zucker, one of the most innovative artists of the mid-twentieth century.

This new monograph on the art of Joe Zucker is a career-spanning survey that deals with all the artist’s various bodies of work, from his grid paintings of the 1960s to his latest work, including the monumental 1000 Brushstrokes (2015– 2016). Zucker’s art is rooted in a conceptual framework where tools, materials, processes, procedures, content, and subject matter are all interrelated.

Due to the frequent transformations in his art from one style to another, and thus his work has not been easily characterized or identified. Nevertheless, he has forged a powerful artistic persona as a process artist with a certain pop inflection, who not only grapples with formal and theoretical concerns but also explores themes of history, culture, and Americana. Working with materials ranging from cotton balls, sash cords, and pegboards, to acrylic and rhoplex, and exploring such themes as the grid, the history of cotton, ancient civilizations, an assortment of “dubious characters,” paintings that paint themselves, as well as meditations on the studio, Zucker merges materials, process, and content—abstract and otherwise—to produce compelling works of extraordinary inventiveness, irony, and passion.

About the Author

John Elderfield is Chief Curator Emeritus of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Terry R. Myers is a critic, curator, and professor at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Alex Bacon is a scholar, writer, and curator.

Phong Bui is an artist, writer, curator, and publisher of The Brooklyn Rail.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780500239650
ISBN-10: 0500239657
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication Date: January 21st, 2020
Pages: 256
Language: English