R. H. Quaytman’s paintings are celebrated for their sumptuous beauty, complexity, and rigor. This book, the first museum publication to provide a critical overview of Quaytman’s work to date, includes new essays that contextualize her practice and examine the evolution of her chosen themes. Illustrated with the artist's extensive archive of Polaroids, on which her work is based, the book focuses on the artist’s process of formatting her paintings onto wood panels, organizing them into exhibitions that she refers to as “chapters,” and her work’s site-specific nature, created in dialogue with each exhibition venue’s historical, architectural, or social aspects. This book presents a remarkable oeuvre that simultaneously provides opportunities for visual pleasure and scholarly inquiry.
BENNETT SIMPSON is Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. YVE-ALAIN BOIS is Professor of Art History in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University. JULIANE REBENTISCH is Professor of Philosophy and Aesthetics at the University of Arts and Design in Offenbach/Main.