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Long-awaited monograph Derek Boshier: Rethink/Re-entry to be published by Thames & Hudson in October

T&H Catalogue - Rethink:Re-entry copy

//From Thames & Hudson’s July-December 2015 catalogue//

“As an artist Derek Boshier has never lost his sense of wonder at the world” – David Hockney

The publication date of Derek Boshier: Rethink/Re-entry – the monograph of the great British artist I have edited – is confirmed as October 5.

Published by Thames & Hudson with a preface by David Hockney, Rethink/Re-entry contains 300-plus illustrations, from student exercises in the mid-50s to current works including the cover, a new portrait of Hockney and chapter openers especially designed by Boshier for the project.

Boshier - David Hockney 22 Times

//David Hockney 22 Times, Derek Boshier, 2014//

I have also written an essay about Boshier’s engagement with popular music (titled “Think big band; think punk” after David Bowie’s brief to him for a commission of a stage set for a live tour).

The other contributors are:

• John A. Walker, British painter and art historian whose introduction is entitled Over View

• Chris Stephens, Tate Britain head of displays and lead curator of modern British art, details Boshier’s work from leaving the Royal College in 1962 to his repudiation of painting in 1967

• Lisa Tickner, honorary professor at the Courtauld Institute and professor emerita at Middlesex University, examines Boshier’s inclusion in Ken Russell’s 1962 BBC film Pop Goes The Easel

• Guy Brett, London-based art critic, curator and lecturer, explores Boshier’s bookworks, conceptual art, installations, print-making, photography and film in the 70s

• David E. Brauer and Jim Edwards, art historian and curator and teacher at the Women’s Institute of Houston and contemporary art curator respectively, investigate Boshier’s return to painting while based in Texas in the 80s

• Christopher Finch, British artist and writer, discusses the relocation to Los Angeles which has provided Boshier with a rich source of inspiration over the last two decades.

Boshier - cover

//Boshier’s cover artwork for the book incorporates a portrait by Nigel Waymouth (founder of Granny Takes A Trip) as well as references to Boshier’s 1972 film Change and the observing profile which has been a recurring motif down the decades//

The publication of Rethink/Re-entry will be accompanied by an exhibition of Boshier’s 70s work in London and the broadcast of Zara Hayes’ BBC Four film of Boshier at work in London and Los Angeles as part of the strand What Do Artists Do All Day?.

Order your copy of Derek Boshier: Rethink/Re-entry here.


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