Ian McKeever (born 1946) is one of Britains' foremost painters. He has exhibited his work to considerable acclaim in Britain and in America, Europe and Scandinavia. Here, he has written three distinctly conceived essays, based on lectures given at the University of Brighton (where McKeever is Visiting Professor in Painting) and Kettle's Yard Cambridge. Covering such topics as the presence and absence of light in Western painting, the history and contemporary status of abstraction, and the continued potency of painting in today's mass-media world, these essays move from the artist's own studio concerns to a consideration of such diverse painters as Stanley Spencer and Gerhard Richter, William Blake and Caspar David Friedrich, The Maaster of Saint Veronica and Simone Martini, Edvard Munch and Vilhelm Hammershoi, Wassily Kandinsky and Barnett Newman. "The question for the painter, in our contemporary world full of likenesses, is not how to make yet another likeness, but how to paint the real thing." In Praise of Painting will be of vital interest to anyone concerned with the state of painting today. Edited and with an Introduction by Dr. Michael Tucker, Professor of Poetics, University of Brighton.
Cover photo @ James F. Hunkin & Royal Academy, London 2004
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