Hernan Bas is an artist whose work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Christian Rattemeyer is the Harvey S. Shipley Miller Associate Curator of Drawings at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Jonathan Griffin is a freelance writer, critic, editor, and curator. Nancy Spector is the deputy director and chief curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.
This book chronicles the work of this young figurative painter, whose moody portraits reflect the youth of contemporary culture. Hernan Bas is known for his overgrown landscapes and intimate figurative portraits of beautiful boyish and hip young men. With a style that is energetic and gestural, his work nods to abstract expressionism yet remains contemporary in feel. His pieces are romantic and often uncompromisingly sexual, with dark narratives or open landscapes. A soft palette is met with the gorgeous contrast of unpredicted dark hues and vibrant colors, while his loose brushwork creates intricate textures. This lavish monograph is the most complete book devoted to Bas's career thus far, focusing on his paintings, film stills, and illustrations. With over 200 color plates and with texts by Christian Rattemeyer, Jonathan Griffin, and Nancy Spector, this gorgeous volume presents the intricate and sensuously delightful work of this up-and-coming artist, whose work personifies epic romance by embracing both the decadence and nastiness of pleasure.