Eleanor Heartney Claudia DeMonte

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9780764950971: Claudia DeMonte

Claudia DeMonte is an artist, a teacher, a curator, and a collector. She has given each of these simultaneous careers her unfailing attention throughout her adult life. To say she is accomplished in each field is an understatement; in fact, she has excelled in all and has managed to break new ground in each. She's a pioneer, a feminist, an acute observer, and an advocate for the overlooked.

This monograph of her career as an artist begins with her self-image works of the 1970s—photo essays, installations, T-shirts—followed by her painted pulp paper sculptures, works in clay, paintings, her Female Fetish series (pewter Milagros nailed onto wooden objects), fabric pieces and installations, drawings, and bronzes. The array of media she uses is not only eclectic, it's highly unusual. But DeMonte has never hesitated to jump in and use whatever feels right.

In each stage of her career, with each medium, she has combined sobering commentary on the status of women in the world with lighthearted humor. A paper sculpture might seem both hilarious and heartbreaking at the same time. An exquisitely beautiful bronze bowl will exude the power of a sacred object, with women poised at its edges not in the form of traditional goddesses but instead as ponytailed “everywomen.” Her installations examining questions such as “What is real beauty?” are joyful in their inclusion of images from all over the world, while they force us to confront our own misconceptions of global culture.

This book contains approximately 120 reproductions, with a foreword by Agnes Gund, president emerita of the Museum of Modern Art, and an essay by Eleanor Heartney, contributing editor to Art in America. It is the first retrospective of Claudia DeMonte's work, a long overdue review of one of America's most intriguing contemporary artists.

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Eleanor Heartney is a contributing editor to Art in America and Artpress and author of numerous articles and books on contemporary art. She received the College Art Association's Frank Jewett Mather Award for distinction in art criticism in 1992 and was honored by the French government as a Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2008. She is co-author of After the Revolution: Women who Transformed Contemporary Art (Prestel Publishing, 2007). Other books include Critical Condition: American Culture at the Crossroads (Cambridge University Press, 1997), Postmodernism (Tate Gallery Publishers, 2001), Postmodern Heretics: The Catholic Imagination in Contemporary Art (Midmarch Arts Press, 2004), Defending Complexity: Art, Politics and the New World Order (Hard Press Editions, 2006), and Art and Today (Phaidon, 2008).

Agnes Gund is president emerita of the Museum of Modern Art and chairman of its International Council. She joined MoMA's board in 1976 and served as president from 1991 until 2002. Ms. Gund is chairman of the Mayor's Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission for New York City. She is the founder and a trustee of the Studio in a School Association and currently serves on the boards of The Frick Collection, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, and Socrates Sculpture Park, among others. She earned a BA in history from Connecticut College and an MA in art history from Harvard University.

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Flipping through the pages of Claudia DeMonte, one is treated to the wide range of individual pieces that make up Ms. DeMonte's career, pieces that are woven together with the themes she has embraced and nurtured since the 1970s: exploration of her work as a portal to both herself and other women, global travel and its potent impact on art, and the redrafting of art history with the female point of view in mind. --Maggie Behringer, The Litchfield County Times Monthly

This book provides a catalog of works of an artist who has been producing sculptures and three-dimensional constructions since the 1970s. Using a variety of materials, DeMonte produces pieces with unexpected perspectives, forcing the viewer to examine carefully how she has designed each work, and to look for the underlying meaning in each piece. The book is profusely illustrated with photographs of her works. --Book News Inc.

This book provides a catalog of works of an artist who has been producing sculptures and three-dimensional constructions since the 1970s. Using a variety of materials, DeMonte produces pieces with unexpected perspectives, forcing the viewer to examine carefully how she has designed each work, and to look for the underlying meaning in each piece. The book is profusely illustrated with photographs of her works. --©2010 Book News Inc. Portland, OR

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