The Elephant Behind the Clown
An exhibition catalog for Israeli-born painter TAL R shows the latest evolution in the work of this popular artist. TAL R’s signature naïf style, playful and brightly colored, seems to be moving in a less figurative, more abstract direction. The 50 color reproductions in the catalog emphasize the artist’s free yet stylized forms, which make a powerful impression and bring to mind the work of Marc Chagall (minus the religious dimension). Interestingly, the Copenhagen-based painter has renounced his previous techniques. Instead of the application of pastose oils, he applies a mixture of rabbit-skin glue and pigments directly on ungrounded canvas so that a fresco-like tone dominates the surface. Includes an interview with the artist by Florian Waldvogel.
Softcover / 8 5/8 x 10 3/8 inches / 88 pp / 45 color
Retail Price: $69.95