Rose Wylie: Which One
Foreword by Nicholas Serota. Texts by Judith Bernstein, David Salle, and Barry Schwabsky. Interview with the artist by Hans Ulrich Obrist
A comprehensive publication of work from the past six years by the beloved artist Rose Wylie, highlighting her expansive oeuvre of painting and works on paper
“Wylie fearlessly tackles the thorniest topics head-on, committing her thoughts and questions about politics, religion, fame, love, history, money and nature to canvas.” —Harper’s Bazaar
Inspired by film, pop culture, and the history of fashion, Wylie harnesses a union of high and low culture with a bold technique of mark making. Her unique practice of material overlay and erasure creates fantastic compositions. Playing with the conceptual tensions between formal and informal aesthetics, Wylie also employs the visual elements of text as crucial details in her paintings.
With beautiful swiss binding, this monograph compiles work from five exhibitions at David Zwirner, offering an impressive view of Wylie’s most recent work. Giving insight to Wylie’s feminist and rebellious impulses, Judith Bernstein writes an accompanying text on how she relates to Wylie’s ambitious and playful energy. This publication also features a foreword by Nicholas Serota and new essays by David Salle and Barry Schwabsky, in addition to an enlightening interview between the artist and Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Publisher: David Zwirner Books
Artists: Rose Wylie
Contributors: Judith Bernstein, David Salle, Barry Schwabsky, Hans Ulrich Obrist
Designer: A Practice for Everyday Life
Printer: VeronaLibri, Verona
Publication Date: 2023
Dimensions: 9.75 × 13 in | 24.8 × 33 cm
Reproductions: 124 illustrations
Retail: $80 | $105 CAN | £65
British artist Rose Wylie (b. 1934) creates paintings and drawings that on first glance appear aesthetically simplistic, not seeming to align with any recognizable style or movement, but on closer inspection are revealed to be wittily observed and subtly sophisticated mediations on the nature of visual representation itself. The layers of newspaper that line her studio floor are a frequent source of material for the artist, as she encounters images by chance while working. Drawing from such wide-ranging cultural areas as film, fashion photography, literature, mythology, news images, sports, and individuals she meets in her day-to-day life, Wylie paints colorful and exuberant compositions that are uniquely recognizable. The artist has acknowledged her great admiration for Philip Guston, whose late paintings likewise make use of an idiosyncratic visual lexicon, the directness of cartoonish figures, and a flattened perspective, but simultaneously betray a deep awareness of art history and painterly conventions.
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Since her MFA from Yale in 1967, Judith Bernstein has developed a reputation as one of the most unwaveringly provocative artists of her generation. For over 50 years, her work has been an autobiographical exploration of the connection between the political and the sexual. Steadfast in her cultural, political and social critique throughout her career, Bernstein surged into art world prominence in the early 1970s with her monumental anti-war and Feminist charcoal drawings of anthropomorphic phallic screws. In 2016 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her work is included in collections internationally.
David Salle is an American painter and essayist. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at museums and galleries worldwide, and his paintings are in the collections of major museums worldwide. He was recently the subject of a career survey exhibition at the Brant Foundation in Greenwich, CT. Salle is also a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His collection of essays HOW TO SEE: Looking, Talking, and Thinking about Art was published by W. W. Norton in 2016.
Barry Schwabsky is an art critic for The Nation and coeditor of international reviews for Artforum. He has published several books of criticism, of which the most recent are The Observer Effect: On Contemporary Painting (2019), Landscape Painting Now: From Pop Abstraction to New Romanticism (2019), and The Perpetual Guest: Art in the Unfinished Present (2016), as well as of poetry. He has taught at Goldsmiths College, Yale University, and the Maryland Institute College of Art, among others, and lives in New York.
Hans Ulrich Obrist
Hans Ulrich Obrist (b. 1968, Zurich, Switzerland) is Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries in London, Senior Advisor at LUMA Arles, and Senior Artistic Advisor at The Shed in New York. Prior to this, he was the Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Since his first show World Soup (The Kitchen Show) in 1991, he has curated more than 350 exhibitions, his recent shows include IT'S URGENT at LUMA Arles (2019-2021), and Enzo Mari at Triennale Milano (2020). Obrist’s recent publications include Ways of Curating (2015), The Age of Earthquakes (2015), Lives of the Artists, Lives of Architects (2015), Mondialité (2017), Somewhere Totally Else (2018) The Athens Dialogues (2018), An Exhibition Always Hides Another Exhibition (2019), Maria Lassnig: Letters (2020), Entrevistas Brasileiras: Volume 2 (2020), The Extreme Self: Age of You (2021), and 140 Ideas for Planet Earth (2021).