Elisabeth Peyton. Live forever

Out of Print

Laura Hoptman, Iwona Blazwic, John Giorno

Phaidon, London, 2008



Willowy, melancholy young men and women — contemporary pop stars, royalty, artists and friends — are the magnetic subjects of her devotion. Caught as if in a state of ambiguous absorption and frozen at the height of their youth, they embody a new kind of portraiture that confirms and updates the immortalizing aura of the traditional genre. Peyton’s melding of influences and obsessions ranges widely: from fandom and fashion illustration to academic anatomical studies; from David Hockney and Andy Warhol to a range of Mannerist and Old Master classics; from innocence to the world of bohemia, equally crediting photography and life drawing as its driving forces. Her enamoured yet refreshingly economic, informal light wash technique underscores her uniquely delicate, informed hybrid of high and low culture, a statement executed with infectious, seemingly effortless fluidity.

Published in conjunction with the artist’s major solo exhibition organized by the New Museum in New York and traveling to the Whitechapel in London, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht.

Artikelnummer: 1670 Categorie:

ISBN: 9780714848860

224 p., 200 colour illustrations 40 black and white, 237 x 296 mm, hardcover, English