Texts by Lynne Tillman and Jim Lewis. Interview with the artist by Andrew Paul Woolbright
A stunning, focused document of Nate Lowman’s work from the past four years
“Brewing the good, the bad, and the ugly of consumerist modern life in his masterful paintings, Lowman draws a portrait of the times that is equally mischievous and somber.” —BOMB Magazine
With an archive of source material amassed and processed over time, Lowman creates slippery, layered images that transform visual referents found in the news, media, and art history. In this volume, Lowman plays with cataclysmic imagery that probes the tensions between the everyday and the extreme, presence and absence, and violence and representation. In his vibrant paintings of digitally rendered hurricane imagery and crime scene photography cataloging the aftermath of the October 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, he considers the physicality of his medium in connection to the chaos of his subject matter.
Spotlighting Lowman’s exhibitions at David Zwirner in London and New York along with other recent work, this monograph includes a text by Lynne Tillman that provides a unique perspective across all bodies of Lowman’s oeuvre. In an interview with Andrew Paul Woolbright for The Brooklyn Rail, Lowman discusses his engagement with representation and meaning, twentieth-century gestural and pop art, slow painting, and American violence.
Publisher: David Zwirner Books
Artists: Nate Lowman
Contributors: Lynne Tillman, Jim Lewis, Andrew Paul Woolbright
Designer: Mark Nelson, McCall Associates
Printer: VeronaLibri, Verona
Publication Date: 2023
Dimensions: 9.5 × 10.75 in | 24.1 × 27.3 cm
Reproductions: 118 illustrations
Retail: $75 | $100 CAN | £65
The New York–based artist Nate Lowman (b. 1979) deftly mines mass-produced images culled from art history, the news, and popular media, transforming visual signifiers from these distinct sources into a diverse body of paintings, sculptures, collages, prints, and installations. Since the early 2000s, Lowman has continually pushed the boundaries of language and object making with works that are at turns political, humorous, and poetic. Through his art—which dynamically explores themes of representation, celebrity, obsession, and violence—Lowman stages an encounter with commonplace, universally recognizable motifs, questioning and revisiting their intended meanings while creating new narratives in the process.
Lynne Tillman is a novelist, short story writer, and cultural critic. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship; a Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant; and The Katherine Anne Porter Prize awarded by The American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is a professor and writer in residence in the Department of English at the University at Albany.
Jim Lewis is the author of four novels, which have been translated into many languages: Sister (1993), Why the Tree Loves the Ax (1998), The King Is Dead (2003), and Ghosts of New York (2021). He has written extensively on the visual arts, including contributions to some thirty museum and gallery monographs, and he has published criticism, essays, and all manner of reportage for Granta, The New York Times Magazine, Slate, and Wired, among other outlets.
Andrew Paul Woolbright
Andrew Paul Woolbright is an artist, critic, and curator working in Brooklyn. In addition to exhibiting his own work, he is a critic and contributing writer for The Brooklyn Rail, and is the director of the gallery Below Grand on the Lower East Side. Woolbright currently teaches at Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts in New York.