Ben Nicholson: Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings and Reliefs

Modern Art Press is pleased to announce that it will be publishing the catalogue raisonné of the paintings and reliefs of Ben Nicholson. The catalogue will be written by Dr Rachel Smith with Dr Lee Beard. Nicholson is one of the leading British artists of the twentieth century so a complete catalogue of his work has been long anticipated; the book will be an important contribution to the study of modern British art.


Ben Nicholson, 1940 (painted relief – version 1) © Angela Verren Taunt. All rights reserved, DACS 2020.

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Modern Art Press Update

The office at Modern Art Press is closed for the time being due to the coronavirus outbreak, however we will still be fulfilling orders for Peter Lanyon: Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil Paintings and Three-dimensional Works placed via our website.

Peter Lanyon: Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil Paintings and Three-dimensional Works is shortlisted for the William MB Berger Prize for British Art History 2019

Modern Art Press is delighted to announce that Toby Treves’s catalogue raisonné of Peter Lanyon has been shortlisted for this year’s William MB Berger prize for British Art History, in association with the British Art Journal. The prize is awarded for an outstanding work of British art history published in 2018, and the shortlist of six outstanding titles has been selected from a longlist of nearly thirty books. The winner of the prize will be announced on 3 December.

Picasso and the Art of Drawing by Christopher Lloyd reviewed in The Burlington Magazine

Published in 2018, Picasso and the Art of Drawing continues to be well-reviewed; in the August 2019 issue of The Burlington Magazine, Rachel Mustalish praises the way in which Christopher Lloyd draws out the connections between Picasso’s work and older art, emphasising his ‘omnivorous eye’. A ‘highly readable overview of Picasso’s drawing.’

The launch of the International Catalogue Raisonné Association

On Monday 1 June, the International Catalogue Raisonné Association was launched at the Royal Academy, with guest speaker Sir Nicholas Serota. ICRA is a new non-profit venture that aims to facilitate collaboration between projects, the exchange of information about the technical and practical aspects of making a catalogue raisonné, the mentoring of the next generation of scholars, and the support of artists, their estates, collectors and the market on the challenges and responsibilities of creating catalogues raisonnés. Toby Treves is Treasurer of ICRA, and Modern Art Press is delighted to be a corporate supporter of this important project.

‘A model catalogue raisonné and an unexpectedly exciting one’ – Andrew Lambirth reviews Toby Treves’s catalogue raisonné of Peter Lanyon in The Art Newspaper

December 2018’s issue of The Art Newspaper carries the title’s usual round up of the year in review, including an enthusiastic and glowing review of Peter Lanyon: Catalogue of the Oil Paintings and Three-dimensional Works. Andrew Lambirth recognises the ‘beautifully and perceptively written introductory text’ and also the ‘stimulating’ essay by Sam Smiles on Lanyon and the English landscape tradition, calling the book ’eminently readable and consistently enlightening’.

‘This book is full of surprises, not least in terms of the paintings – so many lovely little paintings and unfamiliar but impressive larger ones – and is an essential purchase for any serious admirer of Modern British painting. It will also be the foundation of all future Lanyon scholarship. A model catalogue raisonné and an unexpectedly exciting one.’

Click here for a full copy of the review.

Catalogue raisonné of Paolozzi’s metal sculptures receives Henry Moore Foundation grant

Modern Art Press is delighted that the Henry Moore Foundation has awarded a grant to the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of Eduardo Paolozzi’s metal sculptures, currently being compiled by Judy Collins. The funding will go towards the production of the book and will allow Modern Art Press to continue in its mission to publish catalogues raisonnés and other books that are both scholarly and well-designed, and produced to the highest standards.

Toby Treves reviews Patrick Heron at the newly refurbished Tate St Ives for Burlington Magazine

In the first iteration of this touring show (now at Turner Contemporary, Margate, until January), Toby Treves finds a coherent display of Heron’s intention that his paintings – indeed all good contemprary painting – should have an ‘all-over stress, this insistent regular pulse from edge to edge’, but that this comes at the cost of the effect of the individual works and visual harmony of the entire exhibition. You can read the whole review here.

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