Hardback with slipcase
30 September 2021
640 pages: 315 x 294 mm
566 colour; 69 black and white
A marvellous piece of book production, perfect in every way and – clearly – the result of extreme devotion. It will secure Leon’s place in the canon of English painting. Frank Auerbach
Leon Kossoff: Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil Paintings is the only comprehensive book on the oeuvre of one of the most important British artists of the twentieth century.
Having curated exhibitions and written about Kossoff’s work from the 1980s onwards, Andrea Rose, the author, and Andrew Dempsey, who led the research, both knew the artist and his work for many years before embarking on the project in 2013. They were given unprecedented access to him, his archives and his studio, and since his death have had the full support of his family and also his dealers.
The catalogue raisonné brings together the whole of Kossoff’s oil paintings for the first time, reproducing almost all of them in high-quality colour images on a grand scale. Accompanying commentary brings new insight into the works, as well as quoting significant published criticism. Beyond these entries, the book comprises an introduction by Andrea Rose, an essay on Kossoff’s relationship with the Old Masters by Dr Barnaby Wright, an extensive chronology, and a further short essay by Rose on Kossoff’s materials, technique and studio practice. The backmatter includes a list of all works in public collections, a comprehensive list of solo and group exhibitions, an extensive selected bibliography, an appendix of destroyed works, an index of titles and a general index. This wealth of factual detail is elegantly presented within a design that, as was Kossoff’s modest wish, has the paintings themselves at its heart.
The launch of the catalogue raisonné coincides with Leon Kossoff: A Life in Painting, a retrospective exhibition at Annely Juda Fine Art, London, (30 September – 4 December) which Andrea Rose has curated, and which will tour to L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA, and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York.
‘Kossoff’s catalogue raisonné doesn’t have a whiff of … cold proprietorship. It is massive, bold, beautiful, generous, not only exquisitely illustrated but compendious in its inclusion of reminiscence and reviews, a gorgeously produced labour of love that tells you all you need to know about Kossoff and demonstrates his greatness beyond all dispute.’ Howard Jacobson, The Spectator, 18 December 2021
From 1994–2014 Andrea Rose was Director of Visual Arts and Strategic Programmes at the British Council. During this period she was responsible for Britain’s representation at Venice Biennale, including Leon Kossoff’s 1995 Biennale exhibition. She has also written widely on British Art.
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