Hardcover152 PagesSize: 280 × 240 mm
113 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781848222380Publication: January 01, 2018
Series: Contemporary Painters Series

'a first rate book' Artcritical

Thomas Nozkowski

John Yau


  • The first full-scale book on Thomas Nozkowski's fascinating career
  • John Yau's perceptive text springs from his long friendship with the artist and his intimate knowledge of Nozkowski's paintings 
  • Features illustrations of paintings from throughout Nozkowski's long career, drawn from both private and public collections

This book offers the first detailed account of the paintings of American artist Thomas Nozkowski (b. 1944), creator of modestly sized abstract works that swiftly convey what one writer describes as 'a remarkable sense of freedom within constraint.'

As an emerging artist in the 1970s, Nozkowski's mature style developed in the wake of Minimalism, Pop Art and Colour Field painting, and during a decade which became defined by movements – such as Conceptual and Performance art – that eschewed painting. While many artists identified with the notion of 'painting's terminal condition', Nozkowski chose to express personal experience through small-scale canvases that refused to adhere to 'a signature style' or align themselves with a particular movement.

Through John Yau's perceptive text, the trajectory of Nozkowski's artistic pathway is clearly presented. Offering insightful context and discussion of specific works, this book provides the definitive narrative of an artist gifted with an original vision.

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