Vitamin P

A global survey of painting today, featuring 114 contemporary painters.


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Vitamin P is an image-filled book that provides an international overview of the state of painting today. Documenting the most recent concerns, ideas and trends, Vitamin P explores the work of a vibrant new generation that is revitalizing this traditional, but continually updated, medium. Included are 114 of painting's leading practitioners, who were nominated by esteemed critics, curators and other experts from around the world. Each artist is represented by numerous examples of his or her work, accompanied by an explanatory text and short biography.


Format: Paperback
Size: 290 x 250 mm (11 3/8 x 9 7/8 in)
Pages: 352 pp
Illustrations: 490 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714844466

Barry Schwabsky is a regular editor and contributor to Artforum magazine, and has worked as an editor and contributor to various other contemporary art magazines for many years. In his writing and criticism, painting is often privileged over other art mediums and young painters do often attract his attention. He contributed to Phaidon's Jessica Stockholder in the Contemporary Artists series in 1995. He has taught at the Yale School of Art and at New York University, amongst other institutions. He recently moved from New York to London, where he is Visiting Lecturer at Goldsmith's College.

Thirty-five international authors have written the entries on the 114 artists. Critics, curators and journalists, these authors have been chosen for their knowledge of contemporary art and painting.

"An obligatory purchase for anyone who buys modern art."—The Independent

"The most lavish, comprehensive and useful guide to the new painting."—Art Monthly

"Forget C, D and E - P is the only supplement you'll ever need."—Art Review

"The most recent proof that painting, a supposedly moribund art form, is not dead after all comes in the form of a handsome, dazzlingly produced art book."—Vogue

"While the art establishment, between bouts of kicking the dead corpse of painting, can only occasionally be shocked into sitting up and paying attention, thousands of artists all over the world are voting with their brushes. To celebrate, comes Vitamin P, a lavish, affordable and truly international overview of 114 artists nominated by critics and curators... This is one vitamin that is incontrovertibly of benefit to everyone and just the pep pill these artists deserve."—i-D

"[Vitamin P] provides unusual depth for a survey of this scope... Barry Schwabsky's perceptive introductory essay provides an excellent map of how we got here...Flash Art

"An obligatory purchase for anyone who buys modern art."—The Independent

"The most lavish, comprehensive and useful guide to the new painting."—Art Monthly

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