Author(s): Bob Nickas
The definitive survey of contemporary abstract painting, featuring eighty of the most innovative painters from around the world.
"presented in a [...] spirit of lively, unstuffy curiosity ... thought-provoking." Michael Glover, The Independent 'Each of the essays accompanying the artists is thoughtful ... there is an intimacy about the writing, and the artists, that one does not expect from a large, heavy hardback ... perhaps this is the element that lifts the book beyond a standard survey." Laura McLean-Ferris, ArtReview "Lively survey? a useful tool in forming a sharper, broader sense of what is going on in the world of abstract painting." Roberta Smith, The New York Times "Pictorially jazzy work? the visual energy and variety of these reproductions burst all pigeonholes. It's a wild ride of a reference book." San Francisco Chronicle
Bob Nickas is a critic and curator based in New York. He has organized more than eighty exhibitions since 1984 and served on the teams responsible for Aperto at the Venice Biennale in 1993 and the 2003 Biennale de Lyon. From 2003-06 he was Curatorial Advisor at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York. The author of numerous essays in catalogues and monographs, he is a regular contributor to Artforum and founding editor of Index magazine. His books include two collections of his writing, Live Free or Die (2000) and Theft is Vision (2007).