Rizzoli: Art

Rizzoli: Art is the final of four weekly editions of Dream The End's "Month of Rizzoli". Showcasing Rizzoli's wide selection of artists and mediums, this collection ranges from Yayoi Kusama's obsessive Infinity Nets and self-obliterations of the 1960s to Henry Moore's monumental sculptures and Rita Ackermann's expressionist paintings. Rizzoli was founded in 1929 by Italian publisher Angelo Rizzoli and began its New York publishing operation in 1974. Since then Rizzoli New York has become the primary source for specialized art books in America and a fundamental fixture in the publishing world of New York City.

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Barbara Kruger

Barbara Kruger was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1945. She attended Syracuse University and Parsons School of Design, and following graduation, obtained a design job at Condé Nast Publications. Kruger's background in design factors into her art practice. She is known for incorporating text slogans onto black and white photographs, many of which address issues of feminism, control, and consumerism. Since 1974, Kruger has had 48 solo exhibitions in galleries. She is currently a professor of art at UCLA.

Barbara Kruger was published by Rizzoli New York in April 2010. It was written by Kruger and features contributions by Miwon Kwon, Martha Gever, and Carol Squiers and an introduction by Hal Foster. The book explores Kruger's work over the past 30 years, including some previously unpublished works.

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Elizabeth Peyton

Elizabeth Peyton was born in 1965 in Danbury, Connecticut. She received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1987 and was a classmate of Tom Burr. She is most well known for her painted and drawn portraits of famous figures and personal friends, many of which take on an androgynous identity. Peyton and Tom Burr were both represented by Colin de Land at American Fine Arts. Her work is in many museum collections across the globe. Peyton has also made portraits of the Berlin gallerist, Alexander Schroeder, who represents Tom Burr, Josephine Pryde, Ull Hohn, Nick Mauss, and Hilary Lloyd and also owns Gordon Matta-Clark's Sauna, and she currently lives and works in Berlin.

Elizabeth Peyton was published by Rizzoli New York in November 2005. It was compiled by the artist and chronicles ten years of her work, exhibitions, and inspirations. It features contributions from Steve Lafreniere, Dave Hickey, and Roberta Smith and an introduction by Matthew Higgs.

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Elizabeth Peyton is featured in Edition: Guest Editor, Tom Burr and Edition: Rizzoli: New York

Henry Moore

Henry Moore was born in England in 1898 and is considered to be one of the greatest sculptors of the twentieth century. He began studying at the Leeds School of Art in 1919, and in 1921, he received a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Art in London. His work was the subject of a solo exhibition at MoMA New York in 1946, and two years later he won the prestigious International Prize at the Venice Biennale. His monumental forms are usually soft abstractions of the human figure, especially the female body, and are located across the world. he passed away in 1986.

Henry Moore: Late Large Forms was published by Rizzoli New York in September 2012. It was written by Anita Feldman, the curator of the Henry Moore Foundation at Perry Green, and Ann Wagner, The Henry Moore Foundation Research Curator at the Tate Gallery, London.

Henry Moore: Late Large Forms is featured in Edition: Rizzoli: Art

Mark Rothko

Mark Rothko was one of the foremost members of the Abstract Expressionist movements. He was born Mark Rothkowitz in 1903 in Russia; his family emigrated to Portland, Oregon in 1913.  He studied at Yale from 1921-1923 and moved to New York in 1925. Rothko's first solo show was at the Contemporary Arts Gallery in 1933. The Rothko Chapel, founded by Houston philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil, is a tranquil meditative environment inspired by the mural canvases of Rothko and celebrated its fortieth anniversary in 2011.

Mark Rothko: The Decisive Decade: 1940-1950 was published by Rizzoli New York in September 2012. It is the first publication dedicated exclusively to this formative period in Rothko oeuvre. During which, he moved from expressive figurative and surrealist canvases to more abstract multiform subjects and finally to his signature style of luminous rectangles. It features contributions from various scholars and a forward by Rothko's son.

Photos courtesy of Hickey-Robertson.


Mark Rothko is featured in Edition: Guest Editor, Price Latimer Agah and Edition: Rizzoli: Art

Mika Ninagawa

Mika Ninagawa, born in 1972, is one of Japan's most celebrated art and fashion photographers. Her signature style is bathed in vivid colors and is dreamlike in its manipulation of depth and field. Her portraits, landscapes, and still lifes feature themes of flora of fauna, and many celebrities seek out her portraiture. She is formally represented by Tomio Koyama's gallery in Japan, and her work has been exhibited widely in Japan and abroad. She has had installations at Colette in Paris and Arndt and Partner in Berlin and regularly participates in Art Basel Miami. In 2001, she received the prestigious Kimura Ihei Award.

Mika Ninagawa was published by Rizzoli New York in October 2010. It is the first monograph to be published in the West on Ninagawa. It features a forward by Daido Moriyama and contributions from Takashi Murakami, Antonio Marras, and Anna Sui.


Mika Ninagawa is featured in Edition: Rizzoli: Art and Sanbusaku 2 三部作

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso is one of the most influential, important, and innovative artists of the twentieth century. He was born in Málaga, Spain in 1881 but lived most of his life in Paris. He co-founded Cubism with Georges Braque in the early 1900s in Paris and became associated with many influential members of the Parisian Avant-Garde including Gertrude and Leo Stein, Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, Guillaume Apollinaire, Jean Cocteau, Serge Diaghilev, and Henri Matisse. Picasso is known for his fascination with his many lovers, who served as muses throughout his career. In 1927, he began an affair with Marie-Thérèse Walter, which was the subject of a 2011 exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery. He passed away in 1973 at the age of 91.

Pablo Picasso and Marie-Thérèse: L'Amour Fou was published by Rizzoli New York in June 2011 to accompany an exhibition of the same name at the Gagosian Gallery. It was edited by Picasso scholars John Richardson and Elizabeth Cowling and Diana Widmaier Picasso, the daughter of Picasso and Marie-Therese.

Pablo Picasso is featured in Edition: Rizzoli: Art and Edition: Love + Sex baby

Rita Ackermann

Rita Ackermann was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1968. She moved to New York City in 1992 and quickly became associated with the edgy downtown scene of the early 1990s. Ackermann immediately began to receive attention for her work, which forged a new visual language that incorporated painting, drawing, and collage ranging from expressionistic brutalism to precise figuration. Her work explores the paradoxical relationship between fragility and violence, drawing inspiration from film, literature, philosophy, and pop culture. She was featured in the Whitney Biennale in 2008. Ackermann continues to live and work in New York City and is represented by Andrea Rosen Gallery.

Rita Ackerman was published by Skira Rizzoli in October 2011, in close collaboration with the artist. It chronicles the entirety of Ackermann's career and features contributions from Bonnie Clearwater, Harmony Korine, Felix Ensslin, and John Kelsey.

Rita Ackermann is featured in Edition: Rizzoli: Art

Robert Rauschenberg

Robert Rauschenberg was born in Port Arthur, Texas in 1925. He began to study pharmacology at the University of Texas, Austin but was drafted into the U.S. Navy. In late 1948, began to study under Josef Albers at Black Mountain College. While there, he met future collaborative partners, John Cage and Merce Cunningham. Choreographer and dancer, Yvonne Rainer was photographed by Babette Mangoldte inside a box he constructed. His first solo exhibition was held in New York at the Betty Parsons Gallery in 1951. He travelled Europe with fellow artist Cy Twombly in 1952-53, and upon his return to New York met Jasper Johns, who would become his artistic and romantic partner. Rauschenberg worked in a variety of mediums throughout his career and is associated with the reaction against Abstract Expressionism. By 1970, he had set up a permanent residence and studio in Captiva Island, Florida, where he would spend the rest of his life until his death in 2008.

Selections from the Private Collection of Robert Rauschenberg was published by Rizzoli New York in September 2012 to accompany an exhibition of his personal collection at the Gagosian Gallery - New York in 2011. It features works by over 65 artists, including Jim Dine, Henri Matisse, and Cy Twombly. It was written by Robert Storr.


Robert Rauschenberg is featured in Edition: Guest Editor, Tom Burr and Edition: Rizzoli: Art

Urs Fischer

Urs Fischer was born in 1973 in Zurich, Switzerland. He studied photography at the Schule für Gestaltung, Zurich, and moved to Amsterdam in 1993. He had his fist solo show in Zurich in 1996 and currently works out of his studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Until recently, Fischer's work was relatively unknown outside of Europe. His first New York museum show was at the New Museum in 2009. Fischer's work is characterized by a consideration of the nature of substances, the act of making, and an incorporation of a wide variety of materials, and he explores the classical genres of art history using modern methods. Fischer is represented by Sadie Coles HQ in London and Gavin Brown's enterprise in New York.

Urs Fischer: Beds and Problem Paintings corresponds to the exhibition of the same name held at the Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles in early 2012. It was published by Rizzoli New York in September 2012, and was written by the artist Adam McEwen.

Urs Fischer: Beds and Problem Paintings is featured in Edition: Rizzoli: Art

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama was born in Matsumoto City, Japan in 1929, and studied traditional Nihonga painting, a rigorous and formal style developed during the Meiji period (1868-1912). Kusama moved to New York City in 1958, and produced her fist successful Infinity Net paintings in 1959. Her work then progressed into phallic soft-sculptures of "Accumulations", and she also began to stage provocative happenings that were characterized by sex, nudity, and polka dots. In 1973, Kusama returned to Japan and has continued to create art there in addition to writing short stories, novels, and poetry. She currently lives in a mental health facility and continues to be an exceptionally productive artist.

Yayoi Kusama was published by Rizzoli New York in July 2012 to coincide with a retrospective of her career at the Whitney Museum in summer 2012 and her collaboration with Louis Vuitton. It was edited by Louise Neri and Takaya Goto.

Yayoi Kusama is featured in Edition: Rizzoli: Art