Paula Rego: Obedience and Defiance
A major publication on the radical and political work of one of Britain s most
celebrated living figurative artists.
Born in Lisbon in 1935, Dame Paula Rego DBE left Portugal as a teenager to study
in London, which has been her principal home for more than sixty years. She is
celebrated for bold and intense paintings, drawings and prints that intertwine the
private and the public, the intimate and the political, combining autobiographical
elements with stories from literature, folklore and mythology, references to earlier
art, and observations on the contemporary world. She uses arresting imagery and
dark symbolism to create unsettling narrative tableaux that challenge the established
order and unpick social and sexual codes embodied by family, religion and the state.
Charged with a unique psychic and emotional drama and magic realism, her works
express what it is to be human and a woman in particular and living under the
oppressive hierarchies and controlling mores of patriarchal society.
This book accompanies a major touring exhibition spanning Rego s entire career
since the 1960s, with a focus on work that addresses the moral challenges to humanity,
particularly in the face of violence, poverty, political tyranny, gender discrimination, and
grief. The selected pictures, which include previously unseen paintings and works on
paper from the artist s family and close friends, reflect Rego s perspective as an
empathetic, courageous woman and a defender of justice. The book includes a
substantial text by exhibition curator Catherine Lampert that will consider Rego s oeuvre
as a whole and draw upon the artist s own interpretations and revelations about individual
works, as well as appreciations of the artist s achievements by the acclaimed young
American writer Kate Zambreno and new Irish author Sally Rooney.
ISBN : 978-1908970480
페이지 : 176 page
사이즈 : 22.9 x 1.3 x 27.9 cm
표지 : Hardcover
언어 : English