Anthony Cudahy: SpinneretAnthony Cudahy, with texts by Devon Zimmerman, Maria H. Loh, and Ricardo Montez

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The first comprehensive monograph on the contemporary figurative painter, published as a companion to the artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States

Spinneret draws inspiration from the eponymous silk-producing organ that spiders use to weave their webs. Anthony Cudahy’s figurative paintings tenderly piece together enigmatic scenes of specific objects and equivocal environments from interwoven references drawn from queer archives, art history, film, poetry, friends, and autobiography.

Coinciding with Cudahy’s solo exhibit at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, this monograph spans the last half-decade of his career, including brand new work, and unpacks his richly layered artistic practice. Organized by five artistic themes – allegories, figures, spaces, slippages, and fragments – Spinneret captures the ongoing push and pull, conceptually and materially, across the artist’s practice.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 288 × 248 mm (11 11/32 × 9 49/64 in)
  • Pages: 264 pp
  • Illustrations: 200 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9781580936675

Anthony Cudahy is a figurative painter who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Devon Zimmerman is the curator of Modern and Contemporary Art for the Ogunquit Museum of American Art.

Maria H. Loh is professor of Art History at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University.

Ricardo Montez is an associate professor of Performance Studies at Rutgers University where he teaches in English and Art History.