This lavishly illustrated survey, the definitive monograph on the artist’s oeuvre to date, celebrates his unique vision. Schooled in the tradition of Western abstract painting, Nahas has interpreted its influences and styles in a provocative way, encapsulating the dichotomies of old and new, abstraction and realism, and East and West. Among Nahas’s best-known series are his thickly encrusted starfish paintings and his monumental landscapes of the cacti, cedar, olive, and palm trees relating to his childhood in evocative palettes of gold, ocher, and black against a dazzling Mediterranean blue sky. An insightful essay by Carter Ratcliff explores Nahas’s artistic development through an art-historical lens, contextualizing it within modern and postmodern art.
About the Author: Carter Ratcliff is an American art critic, writer, and poet. He has contributed to many publications, including Art in America and Parkett. He is also the author of several artist monographs including Robert Longo, Andy Warhol Portraits, and Alex Katz.