Richard Misrach Talk and Book Signing at The Strand, NYC on Wednesday, November 28th and Additional Book Signing Thursday November 29th at Pace/MacGill Gallery, NYC

From the Aperture website:”Richard Misrach: On the Beach”

Talk and Book Signing Wednesday, November 28, 2007 7:00 p.m. Free Admission

The Strand 828 Broadway New York, New York (212) 473-1452

Additional book signing:Thursday, November 29th, 7:00 p.m.

Pace/MacGill Gallery 32 East 57th Street, 9th Floor, NY NY (212) 759-7999

One of today’s most prolific contemporary masters, Richard Misrach is internationally renowned for his carefully considered, beautifully rendered epic works. In Richard Misrach: On the Beach, a lavishly produced, oversized monograph that features the long-awaited publication of this spectacular series, Misrach hones in on our delicate relationship to the sea. This is the largest book ever published by Aperture and also the first major publication of new work by Misrach in many years. The artist will share a slideshow presentation of his work and sign copies of his book.

Book Synopsis: Richard Misrach, one of today’s most prolific contemporary masters, is internationally renowned for his carefully considered, beautifully rendered epic works. In On the Beach, a lavishly produced, oversized monograph that features the long-awaited publication of this spectacular series, Misrach hones in on our delicate relationship to the sea.Light, color, and form are crucial components in Misrach’s explorations of difficult subjects. In this body of work he uses a gorgeous, slowly shifting color palette gleaned from changes in depth and tide; abstract patterns of waves and rippling water, and beaches both empty and cluttered. Throughout the series, Misrach carefully balances the minutiae of human gesture against the massive scale of the sea. In some images, a lone figure floats in a liquid field of brilliant turquoise—or in others, lies beached and partially buried.The details in the images are frequently ambiguous—are the figures relaxed or drained of life? Cavorting in the surf or panicking in the riptide? The balance is a fragile one between control and surrender to the elements. As Misrach says, the work is “suffused with a sense of the sublime, but it also begins to expose our vulnerability and fragility as human beings.”

Exhibition Schedule:

Art Institute of Chicago September 15 – November 25, 2007

Contemporary Museum, Honolulu December 14, 2007 – March 2, 2008

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. May 25 – September 1, 2008

Henry Art Gallery, Seattle November 8, 2008 – February 8, 2009

High Museum of Art, Atlanta May 23 – August 16, 2009

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