Rachel Howard, Paintings of Violence


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Produced ahead of the US premiere of the Paintings of Violence (Why I am not a mere Christian) at MASS MoCA in 2017, this publication examines in detail the series of ten paintings and one sculpture which make up the installation. Created over a period of five years from 2011 – 2016, Paintings of Violence sees Howard continue her examination of religion, mortality and violence, specifically ‘controlled violence’, meticulously planned and calmly executed. The title is taken from two opposing polemics, Why I Am Not a Christian by Bertrand Russell and Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis.  

The publication includes an introduction by Thomas Krens, Director Emeritus of the Guggenheim Foundation who says of the work;

‘Violence and the banality of evil come across in a tightly controlled frame that is essential to the success of each painting. Rachel Howard’s Paintings of Violence may be her best work yet.’

Also included are essays by Louisa Elderton and Will Self, alongside full colour plates and installation images of the works in the artist’s studio.

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