BOOK REVIEW Sam Francis: The Artist’s Materials

BOOK REVIEW Sam Francis: The Artist’s Materials


Review by Christian Scheidemann

Sam Francis: The Artist’s Materials
By Debra Burchett-Lere and Aneta Zebala
The Getty Conservation INstitute
Los Angeles, 2019
150 pages / USD $40.00 / Paperback

“Not only does this book provide deep philosophical and technical insight into the artist’s studio practice, paint techniques, and materials, but it also acknowledges paint fabricators, suppliers, and assistants, rectifying previous inaccurate descriptions about the artist’s use of materials.  The book is full of information about Francis’ non-traditional working methods at a time of explosive innovations in the paint industry during the second half of the 20th century; it gives invaluable advice to conservators, art historians, curators, collectors, art dealers and artists.”

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