Albert Contreras David Pagel

ISBN: 9780988227507

Published: July 31st 2013

Hardcover

112 pages


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Albert Contreras  by  David Pagel

Albert Contreras by David Pagel
July 31st 2013 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 112 pages | ISBN: 9780988227507 | 4.63 Mb

Los Angeles painter Albert Contreras (born 1933) first won public acclaim in the early 1960s, with monochrome paintings featuring a central disc motif. By the early 1970s, with the dematerialization of art in the air, Contreras pursuit of extremeMoreLos Angeles painter Albert Contreras (born 1933) first won public acclaim in the early 1960s, with monochrome paintings featuring a central disc motif. By the early 1970s, with the dematerialization of art in the air, Contreras pursuit of extreme reduction led him to cease painting altogether, and he spent the next two decades driving garbage trucks and resurfacing roads for the City of Los Angeles.

He returned to painting in 1997 (following an intensive period of psychotherapy), producing relatively small, square-ish canvases with thick, gridded swathes of bright colors and glitter, seemingly inspired by the aesthetics of cupcake bakeries, cosmetics counters and custom car shops--canvases that critic David Pagel describes as obscenely edible.

This first substantial Contreras monograph surveys the painters recent and older works.



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