Paintings Volume I echoes The Drain of Progress, Zander Blom's first publication (2007), in adopting the form of a catalogue raisonné, in this case documenting all Blom's paintings from 2010 to 2012. An essay by art historian Courtney J Martin, 'Modernism's fantasy: Zander Blom's painting till now', contextualises the work, discussing Blom's relationship to modernists including Francis Bacon (with particular reference to the studio environment), Kazimir Malevich, Piet Mondrian and Ellsworth Kelly, as well as the distinctive materiality of Blom's paintings and his emerging lexicon of marks. Martin writes: '[Blom's] process reminds us that here, at the dark edge of the digital age, painterly, expressionist abstraction can be experimental, refreshing, weird even.' The book features 62 colour plates of selected paintings, 36 colour photographs showing the studio environment with works in progress, and a catalogue documenting all Blom's paintings to the end of 2012.
Each special edition book features an original oil on linen cover painted by the artist (email via the Order button below to view available cover artworks). The book is signed and numbered, and presented in a yellow-linen covered box.
Published by Stevenson | 2013
Hardcover, 264 pages | Price: R12 000 + VAT | Edition of 15