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Our December Book of the Month is Andy Tuohy and Christopher Masters’ Great Modern Artists A to Z. Assisant Curator, Victoria Howarth, tells us more... 

Great Modern Artists A to Z
RRP: £14.99 (10% off for Jerwood Gallery Members)

This beautiful book presents an A to Z of portraits and potted biographies of some of the most significant and influential artists of the twentieth and twenty first centuries.  

Limited to depicting only fifty two artists, the criteria for inclusion were strict, and in his introduction Andy Touhy acknowledges that ‘it cannot come close to the number of artists who should be celebrated…the inevitable consequence of which is omission.’  The parameters for the book were set to include artists who have had ‘a profound and lasting impact on the art world’ and the scope of the book is international, ‘represent[ing] a more global view of modern art than has been traditionally celebrated.’

In his introduction to the book, Touhy explains ‘Back in 2011, for no better reason than to amuse myself, I embarked on a series of illustrations of modern artists.’ Being printed alongside reproductions of the artists’ own artworks, and Masters’ pithy and informative biographies, the result is a very engaging and beautifully presented publication.  There are lists of where the work of each artist can be viewed accompanying each portrait, and a glossary of technical terms makes this book very accessible.

Great Modern Artists would make an excellent gift for anyone interested in the art of the twentieth and twenty first centuries. Touhy’s portraits give an insight into both the physical appearance and artistic style of his subjects, and are available to buy as individual prints from his website. I particularly enjoyed his vivid depictions of Saloua Raouda Choucair, Yayoi Kusama, Stanley Spencer and Barbara Hepworth.

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16 December, 2015
Written by Victoria Howarth