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Paula Rego: Behind the Scenes

Paula Rego (born in Lisbon, Portugal, 1935) is one of the most important figurative painters working today and this new volume is the first ever to explore her working practice. When Paula took on her own studio in 1994, the increased space and freedom had a dramatic impact not only on her final works but also on her preparations, models, method and technique. Not only was the artist free to begin using a regular cast of live models, but also she began to create the handmade models of wild and imaginary creatures that frequently appear in her work. The pieces are sometimes made by Paula but more often by her friends and family, including her son-in-law, the sculptor Ron Mueck. In addition to unseen views of the stage sets and models that Paula builds, this new book contains many previously unpublished images of the artist at work, her models and her preparatory drawings and studies, which provide a fascinating behind-the-scenes view of some of her finest works.Since 1994 Rego has also achieved ever more increasing international respect, reputation and influence. This new book will demonstrate her methods and techniques, but will also maintain an accessible and anecdotal text, as befits the artist's dependence on stories. The book is not so much a technical manual, but an investigation of how Rego arrives at a finished work. It will serve as a complement to the existing monograph, offering readers the chance to deepen their knowledge of Rego's art through the plots she devises and the collaborations she enters into with her favorite models, the props she collects and the elaborate scenes that she erects. In so doing it will also show her affinity with younger artists who have in recent years achieved international success by adopting a figurative and story-based approach in a variety of art forms - installation, video, photography, sculpture and painting.Rego's work is owned by many international institutions including, among many others, Tate Modern, London; National Portrait Gallery, London; Leeds City Art Gallery; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City; New Hall Art Collection, University of Cambridge; Saatchi Gallery, London.Paula Rego was short listed for the Turner Prize in 1989.
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Table of Contents

In chronological order the key series covered in the book (including sketches, prints, props, installations) will be: Servant and Girl, Parents and Children/The Grandmother, Love/The Dybbuk, The Children's Crusade, The Abortion series, Mary Martha and Magdalene, Nossa Senhora, The Wedding Guest, Ex-Voto, Cheri II, The Inspection, The Interrogator's Garden, After Hogarth, Celestina's House, Wide Sargasso Sea, Misericordia, Jane Eyre, Him, Red Riding Hood, Metamorphosis after Kafka, Olga, La Fete, The Portuguese Duck, The Little Mermaid, The Abandoned Princess, War, The Cake Woman, The Pillowman - and also a selection from work made up to January 2007.

About the Author

John McEwen, art critic for the Sunday Telegraph and writes extensively on 20th century art for a number of journals and publications. As art critic for the Spectator in the early 1980s he was among the most enthusiastic champions of Paula Rego's first solo exhibitions in England. His books include Glenkiln and John Bellany. He lives in London.


"The visual pleasures of this rich volume make it an unmissable treat."-Art World "Excellent... A poignant and insightful exploration of the studio practice and image-making processes of Paula Rego... A fascinating contribution to the field, in which the quality of research and writing is complemented by the quality of presentation."-The Art Book

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