Once described as the most beautiful painters drawings in existence, Georges Seurats mysterious and luminous works on paper played a crucial role in his short, vibrant career. This comprehensive publication surveys the artists entire oeuvre, from his academic training and the emergence of his unique methods to the studies made for his monumental canvases, presenting some 130 works, primarily the artists incomparable conté drawings along with a small selection of oil sketches and paintings. Essays by a range of distinguished art historians address specific aspects of Seurats techniques, materials and subject matter. In an effort to bridge the seemingly opposite goals of description and evocation, Seurat masses dark and light tones to abstract figures, exploits medium and paper to amplify radiating light, and engages with the Parisian metropolis, revealing urban types. Seurat is perhaps best known as the inventor of pointillism, but this volume underscores his tremendous achievement as a draughtsman and his fundamental importance to the art of the 20th century.

I want to make art about the commonplace, art that illumines social life. I want to enlist art to question the mythical explanations of everyday life that take shape as an optimistic rationalism and to explore the relationships between individual consciousness, family life, and the culture of monopoly capitalism. Since the late 1960s, American artist Martha Rosler has produced seminal works in the fields of photography, performance, video, installation, critical writing, and theory. Committed to an art that engages a public beyond the confines of the art world, Rosler investigates how socioeconomic realities and political ideologies dominate ordinary life. Her astute critical analyses are often cloaked in deadpan wit. This book, which accompanies the first retrospective exhibition of Rosler’s work, contains seven color photo essays by Rosler; an excerpt from the curatorial project “If You Lived Here”; essays by Alexander Alberro, Catherine de Zegher, Sylvia Eiblmayr, Jodi Hauptman, and Annette Michelson; a conversation between Rosler and Benjamin Buchloh; and a biography/bibliography along with a complete list of art works.