"Mesches’ enigmatic landscapes, cityscapes and nowhere-on-the-planet-scapes are a snappy hybrid of vintage social realism… everything stands for something else and the viewer is on notice that after crossing the visual threshold of the uncanny realms Mesches depicts they are on their own." --Robert Storr, from By the Rivers of Babylon
Arnold Mesches: A Life’s Work is the first major publication by one of the most important social artists and renowned painters of our time. This comprehensive look at Mesches’ oeuvre includes full-color reproductions from many of his major series--War Images, Anomie, The FBI files, It’s a Circus, Coming Attractions, Weather Patterns, and Shock and Awe. Enhancing the book’s over 200 images are brilliant essays by Lowery Sims, Charles Bronfman International Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design; Peter Selz, professor emeritus of the history of art at the University of California, Berkeley and former founding director of the Berkeley Art Museum; and Robert Storr, artist, critic, curator and professor of painting and dean of the School of Art at Yale University.
Arnold Mesches has had 141 solo exhibitions to date as well as countless group shows and is in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Gallery, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Metropolitan Museum of Art among many others. He has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts, a New York State Fellowship, a Florida State Fellowship, and three Pollack-Krasner Grants. In 2009, the University of Florida awarded him an Honorary Doctorate. He lives in Gainesville, Florida and Brooklyn, New York and is married to novelist Jill Ciment.
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