Book: Col•or by Marco Breuer
Book: Col•or by Marco Breuer
Published by Black Dog Publishing London UK
Hardcover, 160 pages, English, 2014
28 × 23 cm | 9 × 11 in
From the Publisher:
ABOUT THE BOOK
This exceptional book presents a series of never-before-seen images by artist Marco Breuer, collectively titled Col•or. These small, yet dynamic works are reproduced here at full scale, bringing the viewer close to the explosive marks and delicate lines that Breuer extracts from photographic colour material.
Col•or explores intimate works produced over the past 12 years, which illustrate Breuer’s practice of subjecting photographic paper to a range of erosive treatments. By folding, scoring, burning, scouring, abrading or striking the paper, Breuer coaxes a vivid range of colours and textures from his material. Scarred and lacerated, the works become alloys of light and physical contact, records of their own coming into being.
Throughout his 20-year career, Marco Breuer has become well known for consistently challenging conventional notions of image making. Art critic Vince Aletti has described Breuer’s work as having “the intelligence and wit of the mid-century modernist avant-garde and the anything-goes audacity of photography’s earliest innovators”.
Operating at the intersection of photography and drawing, Breuer deliberately misuses both his tools and materials. His unorthodox drawing implements have included shot guns, modified record players, hot plates, and the guts of electric frying pans. The results of his investigations are abstract, complex, one-of-a-kind images that negotiate the illusionistic space of photography versus the concrete space of the physical mark.
With essays by Isabelle Dervaux, drawings curator at the Morgan Library & Museum, New York; Mary-Kay Lombino, curator at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York; and fiction writer Jeffrey DeShell.
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ABOUT THE ARTIST
Marco Breuer has exhibited widely throughout the United States and Europe. One-person museum exhibitions includeLine of Sight at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, New Pictures 2: Marco Breuer at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and Circa 1999 at the MIT List Visual Art Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His work has been included in group exhibitions at the Morgan Library & Museum, the International Center of Photography, the Drawing Center, and White Columns in New York; the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas; and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia. His work is in numerous public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the George Eastman Museum in Rochester; the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles; the Art Institute of Chicago; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart, Germany. Breuer is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship (2006) and the inaugural Larry Sultan Photography Award (2015). Monographs of Marco Breuer’s work include SMTWTFS (Roth Horowitz, 2002), Early Recordings (Aperture, 2007), and Col·or (Blackdog, 2015). Breuer has been a guest lecturer at Yale School of Art, Rutgers University, Princeton University, and the San Francisco Art Institute, among others; and has taught photography at New York’s School of Visual Arts, and in the MFA program at Bard College. A traveling retrospective of Breuer’s work opens at the Milwaukee Art Museum in 2018.