Andrew Wyeth: Memory & Magic
Prior to the 1960s, Andrew Wyeth enjoyed a stellar reputation as a rising star in the art world. Since then, critics and scholars have largely ignored him. Wyeth, however, who is age 88 at the date of publication, has continued to paint, to the delight of his admirers, collectors, and the art-loving public. Now, in association with the High Museum exhibition, Andrew Wyeth:...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 8th 2005 by Rizzoli
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I didn't actually read this whole book, but pored over the illustrations instead. Amazing how such a restricted palette of earth tones can move a girl who's sole purpose in life is to relish color. Wyeth is a master of composition, and can find balance in the most awkward of poses/crops/assemblages. I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent with this one.
Memory and Magic contains beautiful plates of Andrew Wyeth's best works along with some rich and highly informative background text; thus providing an fine overview of Wyeth's career. The focus is primarily on landscapes and still life with a few figures and portraits. There are two introductory essays; the first attempts to rehabilitate Wyeth's reputation as a modernist against the popular misconception that he's a sentimental realist, and the second highlights with spouse Betsy's role in his l...more