New art picks for November

After you’ve read this new and improved edition of “1001 paintings you must see before you die” you might need a lie down! For a bit of a break try some armchair art travel with the wonderful book, also listed here, called “The Louvre : all the paintings” – yes, ALL – it also has a DVD with it.

Syndetics book cover1001 paintings you must see before you die / general editor, Stephen Farthing ; preface by Geoff Dyer.
“From ancient Egyptian wallpaintings to contemporary Western canvases, this book is truly comprehensive in scope and beautiful to leaf through. Within its pages you will see displayed 1001 of the most memorable, haunting, powerful, important, controversial and visually arresting paintings that have ever been created…. The paintings are listed by artist and by title, making it easy to find a specific painting or trace the development of one painter’s work. 1001 Paintings is a collector’s must for the bookshelf.” – (adapted from product description)

Syndetics book cover“The Louvre : all the paintings / preface by Henri Loyrette ; photography by Erich Lessing ; edited and introductions by Vincent Pomarède ; text by Anja Grebe.
“Endorsed by the Louvre and for the very first time ever, every painting from the world’s most popular and renowned museum is now available in one stunning book. All 2,981 paintings on display in the permanent collections of the Louvre are presented in full color in this striking … book, which comes with an enclosed, supportive DVD-ROM.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe artists : 21 practitioners in New Zealand contemporary art c. 2011-2013 / Arron Santry, Kylie Sanderson & Tamara Darragh.
This book, following in the tradition of its predecessor, showcases the current practice of 21 NZ contemporary artists working in the fields of sculpture, painting and photography.

Syndetics book coverContemporary art in Eastern Europe / [edited by Phoebe Adler and Duncan McCorquodale].
“… a fresh, challenging, and insightful compilation of the most inspiring Eastern European art made from the 1960s to the present day. From Russia to Poland and Romania, and from the Czech Republic to Yugoslavia and East Germany, Contemporary Art in Eastern Europe is an ambitious attempt to chart the changing realities of the eastern half of the continent, as seen through the eyes of artists, critics, photographers and curators.” – (adapted from product description)

Syndetics book coverDefining contemporary art : 25 years in 200 pivotal artworks / [authors, Daniel Birnbaum … [et al.]].
” … Assembled and written by eight of the most prominent curators working today, all of whom have both witnessed and shaped this period, Defining Contemporary Art tells the story of the two hundred pivotal artworks of the past twenty-five years. These artworks include not only the most talked about pieces but also the quietly influential works, those which may have been overlooked at the time of their making but which went on to change the paradigm of their era. Arranged year by year, these two hundred works provide a true chronological depiction of creativity in our era, forming a mosaic in which readers may find their own patterns…” – (adapted from product description)