Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible (Hardcover)

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By Kelly Baum, Andrea Bayer (Contributions by), Sheena Wagstaff (Contributions by), Carmen C. Bambach (Contributions by), Thomas Beard (Contributions by), David Bomford (Contributions by), David Blayney Brown (Contributions by), Nicholas Cullinan (Contributions by), Michael Gallagher (Contributions by), Asher Ethan Miller (Contributions by), Nadine M. Orenstein (Contributions by), Diana Widmaier Picasso (Contributions by), Susan Stewart (Contributions by), Nico Van Hout (Contributions by)
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A groundbreaking investigation into the evolving concept of the unfinished, from the Renaissance to the present day

This groundbreaking book explores the evolving concept of unfinishedness as essential to understanding art movements from the Renaissance to the present day.  Unfinished features more than 200 works, created in a variety of media, by artists ranging from Leonardo, Titian, Rembrandt, Turner, and Cézanne to Picasso, Warhol, Twombly, Freud, Richter, and Nauman. What unites these works, across centuries and media, is that each one displays some aspect of being unfinished.  Essays and case studies by major contemporary scholars address this key concept from the perspective of both the creator and the viewer, probing the impact that this long artistic trajectory—which can be traced back to the first century—has had on modern and contemporary art.  The book explores the degrees to which instances of incompleteness were accidental or intentional, experimental or conceptual. Also included are illuminating interviews with contemporary artists, including Tuymans, Celmins, and Marden, and parallel considerations of the unfinished in literature and film.  The result is a multidisciplinary approach and thought-provoking analysis that provide valuable insight into the making, meaning, and critical reception of the unfinished in art. 

About the Author

Andrea Bayer is Jayne Wrightsman Curator in the Department of European Paintings, Kelly Baum is curator, and Sheena Wagstaff is Leonard A. Lauder Chairman, both in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, all at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781588395863
ISBN-10: 1588395863
Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art
Publication Date: March 22nd, 2016
Pages: 336
Language: English