Michael Zavros

Man­u­script in as­so­ci­a­tion with Philip Ba­con Gal­leries and Stark­white

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‘Zavros is an aes­thete: he paints beau­ti­ful things beau­ti­fully.’ – Robert Leonard

This mono­graph, sim­ply ti­tled ‘Michael Zavros’, show­cases the artist’s broad prac­tice – from hy­per-re­al­is­tic paint­ings, photography and sculp­ture to film and per­for­mance – with over 120 images of still life ar­range­ments, self­por­traits, Greek mythol­ogy, men’s fash­ion, and gilded in­te­rior de­sign. Es­says by Robert Leonard, Laurence Sim­mons and Chris Saines as well as in­ter­views with the artist by Rhana Deven­port and Beatrice Page shed light on the meth­ods and ideas be­hind Zavros’s work; sup­ported by float­ing ci­ta­tions from Se­bas­tian Smee’s com­par­i­son of the artist’s paint tech­nique to the ob­ses­sive hair brush­ing in F. Scott Fitzer­ald’s Ten­der is the Night, to Zavros de­scrib­ing his work as ‘nar­cis­sism’ and likening de­pic­tions of his daugh­ter to ‘self­por­traits’.

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