Walther König, Cologne.
10 x 10.5 inches
Text by David Joselit, Suzanne Hudson and Angus Cooke
Over the course of her three-decade career, American painter Jacqueline Humphries (b. 1960) has committed to abstraction at its extreme. In the mid-2000s, Humphries began experimenting with reflective silver paint on canvas, a feature that has since become a signature of her work. Humphries' iridescent surfaces create an unsettling relationship between the viewer and the painting, constantly shifting according to movement and time. Registering the colors and tones of the environments around them, the paintings engage in a mysterious play of shadows and light, suggestion and intimation. This distinctive monograph--the first to collect Humphries' silver paintings in one volume--illustrates over 70 works, reproducing their luminous surfaces using a technique that lays conventional ink over an Iriodin silkscreened varnish. With essays by David Joselit, Suzanne Hudson and Angus Cooke, this book situates Humphries within a generational discourse as well as a broader art-historical context.