Landscape Painting Now: From Pop Abstraction to New Romanticism

D.A.P. Apr. 2019. 368p. ed. by ed. by Todd Bradway. illus. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9781942884262. $55. FINE ARTS
This title is unique in its focus on current landscape artists, with more than 80 painters showcased, each profiled with a brief text entry as well as hundreds of color prints throughout. The six sections—“Realism and Beyond,” “Post-Pop Landscapes,” “New Romanticism,” “Constructed Realities,” “Abstracted Topographies,” and “Complicated Vistas”—seem a bit arbitrary and don’t cover much non-Western art. However, the images and layout are stunning, making this a true visual treat. Nation art critic Schwabsky (Heretics of Language) provides a long essay; other art experts, including editor Bradway, contribute shorter pieces. Much of the text may be beyond the scope of casual readers, as it assumes familiarity with art techniques, trends, and movements and therefore best serves art enthusiasts and students. The real joy is the visual experience, which most will find engaging.
VERDICT Despite its omissions, this is a good choice for readers seeking to expand their knowledge of contemporary painting, and for those looking to augment their library with a beautiful addition.
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