This item – a collectible art book – is an exclusive limited edition print of 500 signed and numbered copies of the first publication by Contemporary Art Issue, functioning as a written [publisher] statement. The book includes an illustrated article, forming an apologia, not only for the existence of Contemporary Art Issue, but also for figurative painting in the 21st century.
Every item is a unique, signed and numbered collectible art book. The book is part of a one-time print, limited edition of 500 unique, signed and numbered copies and 2 AP's. The first 50 copies are not destined for the free market. Therefore, it is necessary to reserve a copy by means of registration as a request for purchase. Reservations are limited to one order, piece or item per natural person.
Apologia [ap-uh-loh-jee-uh] Noun. (i) An apology, as in defense or justification of a belief, idea, etc. (ii) Literature. A work written as an explanation or justification of one's motives, convictions or acts.
The selected field of research by Contemporary Art Issue has a strong focus on contemporary representational – figurative – painting, focusing mainly on 21st century art. Therefore, Apologia was written as an introduction and state of the art for this particular fragment of contemporary art, as a foundation and framework for further research and further issues. In recent years, this niche of figurative painting has become increasingly visible. However, as a result of several misconceptions and possible pitfalls in the public opinion and in contemporary art historiography, the notion of contemporary figurative painting is often rather problematic in certain circuits. For this publication, these misconceptions and difficulties serve as an apologia, illustrating the necessity of written art theory on figurative painting in the 21st century.
Table of contents:
Foreword – Apologia for Contemporary Art Issue
Article – Apologia contemporary figurative painting
Painting in retrospect
Painting in a Post-conceptual era
Painting in a digital era
Painting in a Post-postmodern era
Epilogue – Apologia for upcoming titles
Publisher: Contemporary Art Issue
Year of publication: 2021
Release: January 2021
Edition: Limited edition print of 500 signed and numbered copies
Status: Available for reservation
Editor: Julien Delagrange
Design: Lieselot Hoedt
Dimensions: 250 x 176 mm (B5)
Pricing: € 30,00 / $ 35,20 / £ 27,30