Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible - the exhibition catalogue from The Metropolitan Museum of Art available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible

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'Well worth buying for the sake of its scholarly insights, and I learnt a good deal from its essayists This interesting volume and exhibition gives us plenty of room to ponder' - The Spectator

A groundbreaking book explores unfinished works from the Renaissance to the present day

This book, which accompanies an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2016, features more than 200 unfinished works, created in a variety of media, by artists ranging from Leonardo, Titian, Rembrandt, Turner, and Cezanne to Picasso, Warhol, Twombly, Freud, Richter, and Nauman.

The book explores the degrees to which instances of incompleteness were accidental or intentional, experimental or conceptual. Also included are illuminating interviews with contemporary artists, including Tuymans, Celmins, and Marden, and parallel considerations of the unfinished in literature and film. The result is a thought-provoking analysis that provide valuable insight into the making, meaning, and critical reception of the unfinished in art. 

  • Authors: Andrea Bayer is Jayne Wrightsman Curator in the Department of European Paintings, Kelly Baum is curator, and Sheena Wagstaff is Leonard A. Lauder Chairman, both in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Date published: April 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1588395863
  • Product Dimensions: 26.5 x 22.5 x 4.1 cm

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