Georges Braque and Others: The Selected Art Writings of Trevor Winkfield (1990-2009)
The painter Trevor Winkfield–born in Leeds in 1944 and residing in New York City since 1969–has been a sought-after contributor to publications such as Arts Magazine, Art in America and Modern Painters for two decades. Editors have long trusted his unique sensibilities and relied on his capacity to usher in fresh understandings of art. Take, for instance, Winkfield’s pure excitement and audacity at weaving the work of the proto-Surrealist author Raymond Roussel into an essay on Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper. Unapologetically the writings of an artist, not a critic, in Georges Braque and Others, Winkfield engages some of the greatest names in art (Vermeer, Chardin, Signac, Ryder, Dadd, Brancusi, Cornell, Duchamp, Johns and of course Braque, among others)–asking questions, seeing the details and sharing the obscure facts that only an artist like Winkfield could notice and convey with such great charm.
“If you are looking for booming confirmations of conventional wisdom, stay away from Trevor Winkfield. With sympathetic eye and tart pen, Winkfield moves across pictures like a sharpening filter, making everything freshly intelligible and strange. Funnier and more judgmental (not to mention better-informed) than most professional art critics, Winkfield also asks better questions. What mysterious tragedy befell the twenty-year old Lubin Baugin? Why should Leonardo’s Last Supper have taken 397 years to paint? With winning irritability and expertise, Winkfield opens art up." Alexi Worth
"To read one of Trevor Winkfield’s marvelous essays is like strolling through a museum with a witty, erudite, independently minded friend whose sharp, unorthodox observations make you see the art on view in an entirely new light. Whether his subject is a Vermeer portrait, a late Braque “Studio” or a Myron Stout abstraction, there is no one better at conveying the experience of close looking. Winkfield, whose criticism benefits from his keen painter’s eye, is also a master storyteller, wise in the ways that artists survive neglect and achieve breakthroughs. This narrative flair is especially evident in his essays on art’s grand eccentrics such as Richard Dadd, John Graham and Florine Stettheimer. With this book, Winkfield takes his place among the very select company of great artist-critics." Raphael Rubinstein
Trevor Winkfield was born in Leeds, England in 1944. After studying painting at the Royal College of Art under Peter Blake and Carel Weight, he moved to New York City in 1969. Winkfield’s paintings are exhibited regularly, most recently at Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York. His conversations with Miles Champion about his early life have recently been published as How I Became A Painter (Pressed Wafer). His other publications include Trevor Winkfield’s Drawings, In the Scissors’ Courtyard, Trevor Winkfield’s Pageant and a translation of Raymond Roussel's How I Wrote Certain of My Books.