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Prior to the 1960s, Andrew Wyeth enjoyed a stellar reputation as a rising star in the art world. Since then, critics and scholars have largely ignored him. Wyeth, however, who is age 88 at the date of publication, has continued to paint, to the delight of his admirers, collectors, and the art-loving public. Now, in association with the High Museum exhibition, Andrew Wyeth: Prior to the 1960s, Andrew Wyeth enjoyed a stellar reputation as a rising star in the art world. Since then, critics and scholars have largely ignored him. Wyeth, however, who is age 88 at the date of publication, has continued to paint, to the delight of his admirers, collectors, and the art-loving public. Now, in association with the High Museum exhibition, Andrew Wyeth: Memory & Magic takes a fresh look at the work of one of America's most beloved artists.In examining his entire oeuvre, the book celebrates the artist's ongoing love affair with everyday life-domestic, natural, and architectural. Found throughout Wyeth's work, these objects form patterns that illuminate core themes and reveal the artist wrestling with issues of memory, temporality, embodiment, and the metaphysical. Organized chronologically and thematically, the book explores how the artist's approach to these subjects was formed in his early career, and has been revisited in new and surprising ways in recent years.Andrew Wyeth: Memory & Magic comprises 150 tempera paintings and 50 drawings and watercolors-including his most-famous works, but also many published here for the first time.


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Prior to the 1960s, Andrew Wyeth enjoyed a stellar reputation as a rising star in the art world. Since then, critics and scholars have largely ignored him. Wyeth, however, who is age 88 at the date of publication, has continued to paint, to the delight of his admirers, collectors, and the art-loving public. Now, in association with the High Museum exhibition, Andrew Wyeth: Prior to the 1960s, Andrew Wyeth enjoyed a stellar reputation as a rising star in the art world. Since then, critics and scholars have largely ignored him. Wyeth, however, who is age 88 at the date of publication, has continued to paint, to the delight of his admirers, collectors, and the art-loving public. Now, in association with the High Museum exhibition, Andrew Wyeth: Memory & Magic takes a fresh look at the work of one of America's most beloved artists.In examining his entire oeuvre, the book celebrates the artist's ongoing love affair with everyday life-domestic, natural, and architectural. Found throughout Wyeth's work, these objects form patterns that illuminate core themes and reveal the artist wrestling with issues of memory, temporality, embodiment, and the metaphysical. Organized chronologically and thematically, the book explores how the artist's approach to these subjects was formed in his early career, and has been revisited in new and surprising ways in recent years.Andrew Wyeth: Memory & Magic comprises 150 tempera paintings and 50 drawings and watercolors-including his most-famous works, but also many published here for the first time.

30 review for Andrew Wyeth: Memory & Magic

  1. 5 out of 5

    HBalikov

    Andrew Wyeth is the second of three or more generations of Wyeth painters. Son of one of my favorite illustrators, N.C. Wyeth, his style was quite different. He was around for over ninety years and this book is based on an exhibit that I enjoyed. It also contains many other photographs of his works that are rendered in large scale and lush printing. I have come to value the natural tones that are part and parcel of Wyeth’s works. He has a special talent at rendering textures whether they are gra Andrew Wyeth is the second of three or more generations of Wyeth painters. Son of one of my favorite illustrators, N.C. Wyeth, his style was quite different. He was around for over ninety years and this book is based on an exhibit that I enjoyed. It also contains many other photographs of his works that are rendered in large scale and lush printing. I have come to value the natural tones that are part and parcel of Wyeth’s works. He has a special talent at rendering textures whether they are grass or nets or hair or bark. Few of his works are shrill, instead they invite you to engage in prolonged contemplation as details gently emerge. This volume earns high marks for conveying all of that without even pausing for the text. Yet we are treated to a number of essays that explore his creative choices….a valuable addition. This is a book that all who love Andrew Wyeth’s work should have access to.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chris Griffith

    The plates and prints by Wyeth are magnificent but his interpreters may have spent too much time in modern/contemporary art school to grasp simple yet complex beauty. They see a metaphor in every shadow - symbolism in every stoke or highlight.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    For anyone wanting to be immersed in the life, mind and world of Andrew Wyeth, this is a wonderful choice.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Seifert

    Memory and Magic contains beautiful plates of Andrew Wyeth's best works along with some rich and highly informative background text; thus providing an fine overview of Wyeth's career. The focus is primarily on landscapes and still life with a few figures and portraits. There are two introductory essays; the first attempts to rehabilitate Wyeth's reputation as a modernist against the popular misconception that he's a sentimental realist, and the second highlights with spouse Betsy's role in his l Memory and Magic contains beautiful plates of Andrew Wyeth's best works along with some rich and highly informative background text; thus providing an fine overview of Wyeth's career. The focus is primarily on landscapes and still life with a few figures and portraits. There are two introductory essays; the first attempts to rehabilitate Wyeth's reputation as a modernist against the popular misconception that he's a sentimental realist, and the second highlights with spouse Betsy's role in his life and work.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I didn't actually read this whole book, but pored over the illustrations instead. Amazing how such a restricted palette of earth tones can move a girl who's sole purpose in life is to relish color. Wyeth is a master of composition, and can find balance in the most awkward of poses/crops/assemblages. I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent with this one. I didn't actually read this whole book, but pored over the illustrations instead. Amazing how such a restricted palette of earth tones can move a girl who's sole purpose in life is to relish color. Wyeth is a master of composition, and can find balance in the most awkward of poses/crops/assemblages. I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent with this one.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    one of my favorite artits. *wyeth at kuerners* was the first book i read...powerful and real.

  7. 4 out of 5

    David

    So glad that I picked this up and read it. There was great insight to Wyeth's thought process and his approach to painting. He certainly isn't "just another realist." So glad that I picked this up and read it. There was great insight to Wyeth's thought process and his approach to painting. He certainly isn't "just another realist."

  8. 5 out of 5

    Relyn

    gorgeous

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jack Hansen

    A most enjoyable Coffee-Table book that is biographical and illustrative of Andrew Wyeth's inspiration and talent. A most enjoyable Coffee-Table book that is biographical and illustrative of Andrew Wyeth's inspiration and talent.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    Several essays on themes regarding Andrew Wyeth and his work. Beautiful plates in the back of this book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kate

  12. 5 out of 5

    Joyce Simmons

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kat

  14. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

  15. 4 out of 5

    AJ

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tatjana

  17. 5 out of 5

    Missy

  18. 4 out of 5

    Matt Mis

  19. 5 out of 5

    Valori

  20. 4 out of 5

    Collette

  21. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

  22. 4 out of 5

    KC Smelser

  23. 5 out of 5

    Boris

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lorinda

  25. 4 out of 5

    Marina

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gilbert

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lena Konyushihina

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

  29. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Paquette

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sue Logan

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