Andrew Stevovich: Essential Elements
"With more than 30 decades of work, 20 solo exhibitions and over 45 group exhibitions to his credit, this is the most extensive mid-career survey of Andrew Stevovich's oeuvre to date. This oversized hardcover monograph with 164 pages of full color reproductions is partnered with texts by Anita Shreve (best-selling novelist: The Pilot's Wife, A Wedding in December) Carol Diehl (features writer, Art in America), John Sacret Young (television producer and writer - China Beach, The West Wing, and author of The Weather Tomorrow, a novel) and Valerie Leeds (independent scholar and adjunct curator of American art at the Flint Institute of Arts, Michigan). Austrian-born figurative/abstract artist Andrew Stevovitch moved to the United States in 1950 with his parents as an infant. He grew up in Washington D.C. where the National Gallery of Art quickly became his second home. "While other kids were going to baseball games, I was staring at the Old Masters," says Stevovich. He continued his studies, obtaining a BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design under Gordon Peers and an MFA at the Massachusetts College of Art. His meticulous eye for detail and color, his precise draftsmanship, Venetian palette and polished surfaces coupled with Renaissance inspired figurative realism and 20th century Surrealism, afford Stevovich a style that is technically brilliant and aesthetically appealing. Stevovich transports the viewer to modern everyday locations (beaches, subways, restaurants, racetracks or bars) as a hidden observer where figures with flat features and slanted, slightly devious eyes reside. Whether alone or seemingly alone in a crowd, these individuals are quietly preoccupied with the universal dramas of modern life: isolation, narcissism, boredom, the longing for intimacy and the fear of it. By virtue of his imagination, the narrative intrigues the viewer to contemplate an interpretation (or two, or three)."--Publisher's website.
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