28 × 23 cm | 9 × 11 in 150 ills | 192 pages Hardback
Contributors: Cathy Courtney, Paul Hills, Ian Hunt, Peter Larkin, Susan Michie, Stuart Morgan
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This long overdue monograph on Simon Lewty offers an in-depth study of his art and the ideas and working methods behind it. Lewty is best known for his large-scale and intensely detailed works where handwritten texts combine with imagery to create a dreamlike reality. Through his vivid poetic narratives we are led to immerse ourselves in a rich evocation of the enigmatic in mind, body and place.
In an age where text-based art is emerging from the conceptual edge of the 1960s to centre stage, with a new appeal to young practitioners and viewers, Lewty’s consistent yet radical practice in the field over four decades makes this an essential and timely publication. Lewty’s major works, all featured in The Self as a Stranger, can be found in the collections of the British Museum, the V&A and the Arts Council of Great Britain.
Published to coincide with a major exhibition at Art First, The Self as a Stranger is the first comprehensive collection of this highly original artist's work from over the past 40 years, and examines the enduring importance of Lewty’s contribution to contemporary fine art. The detailed overview of Lewty’s work is brought together by a group of distinguished writers, including highly informative contributions from the artist himself.