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Known simply as Kitaj, even to family and friends, Ronald Brooks Kitaj was an internationally acclaimed artist who gave visual embodiment to a lifetime's observations and perceptions about the human condition. As the eminent critic John Russell wrote in the New York Times: 'Kitaj is by a long way the most inventive of living representational painters'. This monograph contains a wide-ranging interview with the artist, a selection of 60 of Kitaj's finest paintings, drawings and prints and previously unpublished documentary images from his personal archive. Kitaj was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1932. His early education culminated in a period of travel as a merchant seaman, after which time he served in Europe in the United States Army (1956 1958). As a mature student he enrolled at the Ruskin School of Art, at Oxford University, before transferring in 1959 to the Royal College of Art in London. There he assumed the informal leadership of an exceptionally talented group of students, which was to become the Pop generation and included David Hockney, Allen Jones and Patrick Caufield. Kitaj's first solo exhibition was in London at Marlborough Fine Art in 1963. From student days he made his home in London, until the public fracas surrounding his Tate Gallery retrospective in 1994 and the sudden tragic death of his second wife, the painter Sandra Fisher, persuaded him to abandon England. In 1997 he moved to Los Angeles. Kitaj committed suicide in 2007.
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  • PDF | 144 pages
  • Andrew Lambirth (Author)
  • Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd (27 Aug. 2004)
  • English
  • 5
  • Art, Architecture Photography

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