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Feelings: Soft Art

Contribution by Tracey Emin, John Baldessari, Ryan McGinley, Sarah Nicole Prickett and Simon Castets

  • November 3, 2015
  • Trade Paperback
  • Art - History - Contemporary (1945-)
  • Skira Rizzoli
  • 9 x 12
  • $35.00
  • $35.00
  • 978-0-8478-4579-8

About This Book

A visually arresting collection of new works by emerging artists and celebrated names, united around a simple premise. The first in an exciting new series, Feelings: Soft Art is an intimate exploration of contemporary art today. Focused on material qualities and the feelings evoked by a work, this thematic approach returns to the basic pleasure of experiencing art. An easy, evocative look at artists and their projects, this heavily illustrated publication features hands-on insight from within the art world and without. Drawing on hundreds of new paintings, sculptures, photographs, and other practices, extended essays develop common threads. Brief texts and interviews reveal the making of soft works and artists’ relationships with the materials they use.

About the Author

Tracey Emin is a British artist and writer. John Baldessari is an artist and teacher. Ryan McGinley is a New York based photographer. Sarah Nicole Prickett is a writer and the editor of Adult. Simon Castets is the director and curator of the Swiss Institute, New York.


  • "If you're like us, you want to cuddle up with Paola Pivi's pink polar bear sculptures or dive into one of Ryan McGinley's hazy daydreams. Our initial response to artwork is often sensual rather than intellectual. Gut reactions to these furry, squishy and plush pieces are at the heart of Feelings: Soft Art. From original photographs by Petra Collins  to sculptures by Claes Oldenburg -- the tome features soft works that span movements, periods, and media.
     Titans of contemporary art like John Baldessari share space with emerging talents like Jack Greer of the buzzy collective Still House Group. Feelings also forged some exciting collaborations, including a studio session in which Dev Hynes and painter Alice Lancaster produced three new songs and accompanying artworks. . . In addition to these unexpected partnerships and pieces, the scrapbook-cum-diary also includes written emotional responses from a diverse range of viewers as they encounter contemporary art."
    "Perfect for sensitive art lovers, Feelings is a book about the sensory responses artists and their audiences have to specific pieces of contemporary art. . . This is a book that just feels good."
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