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John Koch: Painting a New York Life

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Published to accompany a major exhibition exemplifying John Koch's finest works from the 1950s to the 1970s, this is the first book to explore the life and work of this self-taught artist, renowned for his painting of New York life. Spending over 4 years in Paris studying classic works at the Louvre, he developed a formidable technique, evident in his beautiful rendering o ...more
Published October 1st 2001 by Scala Books
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Dec 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art
I have one complaint about my beloved town library, and that is the conservative nature of its art section. I live in a town that is enthusiastic about art, (we have a thriving art group, and the work produced by local schools' A-level students is innovative and inspiring), yet the art book section in the library is as predictable as a stand of remaindered birthday cards. I poke around though, and sometimes I come up with an artist I haven’t bumped into before. Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the ...more
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Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Mikey B. by: Caroline
The paintings of John Koch are exquisite. If you like romantic detailed realism Koch is a master, particularly of wonderful renditions of light and shadow.

Painting in New York from the 1930s to the mid-1970s Koch was definitely not part of the trend-setters. His art was far removed from abstract expressionism (1950’s) and then the pop art (1960s) waves that came out after the Second World War. Perhaps that explains some of the inwardness of Koch’s paintings.

For the most part they are set in his
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Phillip Lopate is the author of three personal essay collections, two novels, two poetry collections, a memoir of his teaching experiences, and a collection of his movie criticism. He has edited the following anthologies, and his essays, fiction, poetry, film and architectural criticism have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Essays, The Paris Review, Harper's, Vogue, E ...more