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The Artist Project: What Artists See When They Look At Art

Noey, Christopher with a foreword by Thomas P. Campbell
272 pages
405 illustrations
12 × 9.375 in.
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Artists have long been stimulated and motivated by the work of those who came before them—sometimes, centuries before them. In this volume, 120 international contemporary artists discuss works from The Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection that spark their imagination. Their insightful musings shed new light on art-making, museums, and the creative process. Images of works from The Met collection appear alongside images of the contemporary artists' work, allowing readers to discover a rich web of visual connections that spans cultures and millennia.

Zig Zag Stoel, Gerrit Rietveld  Dutch, Elm
ca. 1937–40
Harlequin family, Villeroy  French, Tin-glazed soft-paste porcelain, French, Villeroy
ca. 1740–45
Embroidery; The Artist's Mother, Georges Seurat  French, Conté crayon on Michallet paper
Garden Gathering, Stonepaste; painted and polychrome glazed (cuerda seca technique)
Bricks with a palmette motif, Ceramic, glaze, Achaemenid
ca. 6th–4th century BCE
Bull's head from column capital, Limestone, Achaemenid
ca. 5th century BCE
Harpsichord, Wood, paint, various materials, Italian
late 17th century
Soul (Rare View), John Baldessari  American, Gelatin silver prints with applied oil tint
Stationary Figure, Philip Guston  American, born Canada, Oil on canvas
Fragment of a Queen's Face, Yellow jasper
ca. 1390–1336 B.C.
Interrogation, Ali Banisadr  Iranian-American, Oil on linen
The Adoration of the Magi, Hieronymus Bosch  Netherlandish, Oil and gold on oak
ca. 1475
Tile Panel with Calligraphic Inscription, Stonepaste; polychrome painted under transparent glaze
dated 1000 AH/1591–92 CE
Civil War, Edouard Manet  French, Lithograph on chine collé; second state of two
Multiple artists/makers
1871–73 [published 1874]
The Blues Singer, Dawoud Bey  American, Gelatin silver print
1976, printed 1979
Power Object (Boli), Bamana artist, Wood, sacrificial materials (patina), Bamana
First half of 20th century
Moonlight, Strandgade 30, Vilhelm Hammershøi  Danish, Oil on canvas
Oval Memory Series II: Castle Dragon, Howardena Pindell  American, Cut and pasted postcards, tempera, gouache, fluorescent paint, punched papers, nails and thread on foam board
Crack Between the Floorboards, Mark Bradford  American, Printed and painted paper, masking tape, and acrylic media on canvas
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———, ed. 2017. The Artist Project: What Artists See When They Look at Art. London : New York, NY: Phaidon Press Limited ; The Metropolitan Museum of Art.