Selected Resources Inspired by Thanksgiving

Greenwich, CT November 21st, 2017

The Brant Foundation’s Library features a selection of resources inspired by Thanksgiving.  Explore the works of Jean-Michel Basquiat, John Currin, Jonathan Horowitz, Roy Lichtenstein, Peter Saul, and many more.

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  • 2015 Milano Expo

Arts & Foods

Published on the occasion of the exhibition Arts & Foods for Expo Milano 2015.

The exhibition covers an area of about 7,000 square meters and features a wide array of visual idioms, from models, through objects to room-sets that revolve around the world of food, nutrition, and the ritual of people eating together.

Arts & Foods showcases more than 2,000 artworks and examines the relationship between art and the many rituals associated with eating, with special reference to how the aesthetic and functional aspects of what we eat have impacted creative expression. Inside and outside the Milan Triennale building there are installations and works by contemporary artists created especially for the exhibition.

  • Jean-Michel Basquiat


Published on the occasion of the exhibition “Basquiat” at the Musee d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris (October 15th, 2010 – January 30, 2011).

Texts by Glenn O’Brien, Jean-Jacques Schuhl, Dieter Buchhart, and Robert Storr.


John Currin: New Paintings

Hardcover – John Currin: New Paintings
by Norman Bryson,‎ Alison M. Gingeras,‎ Dave Eggers,‎ Kara Vander Weg, Rose Dergan

One of the leading figurative painters of his generation, Currin’s influences range from Italian and Northern Renaissance paintings to popular illustrations from the mid-20th century. Whether portraits of older women, buxom girls, nudes with elongated bodies, or group scenes of domestic life, his works are characterized by baroque gestures, loose brushstrokes, unorthodox palettes, and detailed backgrounds that startle the viewer into a reconsideration of the tradition of painting. His “old master” techniques and individual style have earned him accolades from critics and collectors worldwide.

Jonathan Horowitz: And/Or

Paperback– May 31, 2009
"And/Or" at MoMA PS1

by Klaus Biesenbach,‎ Alison Gingeras,‎ Elizabeth Peyton,‎ Lionel Bovier,‎ Kelly Taylor,‎ Jonathan Horowitz (Artist)

Orienting himself firmly in the media-present, New York artist Jonathan Horowitz replays the recent past in the incarnations of our times. This reprisal occurs particularly in video works such as “Maxell,” in which the name of the now obsolete videotape company is worn down to a VHS blur, and “The Soul of Tammi Terrell,” in which 1960s footage of the eponymous pop star singing “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” is juxtaposed with Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon’s rendition of the song in the 1998 film Stepmom. Horowitz himself makes no overt political critique, but always ensures that the work’s underlying edge is laid plainly before the viewer. Queer and ecological themes also abound, as does sly humor and a Warholian detachment. This is the first thorough survey of Horowitz’s work.

  • The Black-and-White Drawings 1961-1968

Roy Lichtenstein: The Black-and-White Drawings 1961-1968

Hardcover– November 30, 2010
Brant Foundation Library, Roy Lichtenstein, The Black and White Drawings 1961-1968

by Isabelle Dervaux,‎ Graham Bader,‎ Thomas Crow,‎ Margaret Holben Ellis,‎ Lindsey Tyne,‎ Clare Bell

Between 1961 and 1968, at the height of the Pop art movement, Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) created about 50 large black-and-white drawings. Not only was their imagery, culled from consumer culture, entirely new–baked potatoes, ads for foot medication and BB Guns–but so was their treatment, which drew on the rudimentary character of cheaply printed commercial drawings. Conceived independently from Lichtenstein’s paintings, these drawings recast illustrations from newspaper ads and comic books into works of keen visual intensity, curiously echoing the clean-edge aesthetic of 1960s geometric abstraction. “Drawing is the basis of my art,” Lichtenstein later affirmed; “It is where my thinking takes place.” Published for an exhibition at the Morgan Library in New York, this richly illustrated publication offers 120 color illustrations, plus essays on Lichtenstein’s technique and on his little-known 1967 Aspen project, in which the artist transformed a room into a black-and-white cartoon drawing.

  • Columbus Discovers America

Peter Saul

Hardcover–  August 1, 2008

by Robert Storr,‎Peter Saul (Artist)

Concerning his penchant for difficult or vulgar subject matter, San Francisco-born painter Peter Saul has stated, “Putting crime, war, sex, distortion and low class stuff into the picture is a way to take the decoration out of the picture–literally remove it from the dining room because no one is going to drink orange juice in the same room with it.” Saul fuses his MAD Magazine-inspired humor with a Surrealist painting style to create difficult, funny and trenchant works–what Robert Storr, who has penned an essay for this volume, refers to as “sick jokes.” Presaging Paul McCarthy and Mike Kelley and exerting noticeable influence on artists such as Barry McGee and Ed Templeton, Saul’s oeuvre is long overdue for deeper examination and this comprehensive publication provides the first complete overview of his work over the past five decades–from his epic historical canvases to his homage to Thomas Hart Benton, his lampoons of art world sacred cows and works evidencing his particular take on the existential dilemmas of the aging American male. More recent works satirizing current affairs round this volume out.