R. B. Kitaj (1932-2007) is recognized universally as a modern master. His powerful, controversial and highly personal paintings, pastels and drawings reflect his unfashionable commitment to the human figure as a subject and his complex involvement with the art of the past, with political and social issues and with his own Jewish identity.
In the fourth and final edition of his definitive and much praised monograph on the artist, Marco Livingstone has updated his text to include a survey of Kitaj's work from 1999 to 2007. 30 illustrations of recent works and 20 additional illustrations of earlier works have been added. Virtually all of the illustrations that were in black-and-white in earlier editions are now reproduced in full colour. 30 new 'prefaces' written by Kitaj himself have been added, some of them never before published. A full catalogue of every work from his entire career completes the book.
This updated edition is a significant extension of the volume's scope, providing a more complete picture of the artist's work as a life achievement, as well as greatly enhancing the beauty of the book itself. The previously essential monograph on Kitaj is now the definitive volume.
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