David Ligare California Classicist
Author: Scott Shields, David Rodes and Patricia Junker
Publisher/Date: Crocker Art Museum Papadakis (c. 2015) First Edition. NAP Published in conjunction with the exhibition.
Format/Condition: New large heavy hardcover book with dust jacket in Fine condition. 268 pages, index. Dimensions: Lavishly illustrated in color.
Description: A painter of figures, landscapes, architectural subjects, and still lifes, David Ligare (born 1945), expands the realist tradition through the very unreality of his art. Since the late 1970s, he has used his considerable technical skills and historical knowledge to create perfectly ordered Classical paintings influenced and informed by the ancient Greeks. At a time when few artists shared these interests or concerns, Ligare sought to make the ideas of antiquity relevant in today's world, hoping to spark a renewed desire for knowledge and offering paradigms of moral choice. Setting subjects within the specifics of California - and the Monterey Peninsula region in particular - he bathes them in the pure and wondrous light of the coast.
This publication, "David Ligare: California Classicist," released in conjunction with the exhibition organized by the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, evinces Ligare's admiration for the ancients and his love of California through revelatory essays, a chronology, and more than 200 reproductions and photographs.
Foreword: Donald Kuspit
Singular Perfection: David Ligare's Figuration
Acknowledgments: Scott A. Shields and Lial A. Jones
Introduction: Scott A. Shields
David Ligare and Recurrent Classicism
Chapter 1: Scott A. Shields - California Classicist
Chapter 2: David Stuart Rodes - The Literate Picture
Chapter 3: Patricia Junker - Vie Coye/Life Stilled
Chronology: Scott A. Shields