Artist Monographs



US $ 60
UK £ 37

April 2012
Artist Monograph

ISBN 13: 978-1-55595-347-8
ISBN: 1-55595-347-6
224 pages
10˝ x 11 in.
26.6 x 28 cm.
150 color plates
25 black & white

Exhibition information

Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
Barbara Rogers: The Imperative of Beauty
Forty-year Retrospective
October 6, 2012–January 13, 2013

Also of interest

Colleen Browning: The Enchantment of Realism

Robert Kushner: Gardens of Earthly Delight

Barbara Rogers
The Imperative of Beauty

by Paul Eli Ivey, Carter Ratcliff, Barbara Rogers, and Marilyn A. Zeitlin

I want to remain vulnerable to beauty. I want to be stopped in my tracks by something I call beautiful that I have never noticed or seen before.

Barbara Rogers came of age as an artist during the battle between figuration and abstraction. Never declaring full allegiance to the figurative movement or to pure abstraction, Rogers forged a style that placed the figure in a setting that includes rich foliage, creating tension through the suggestion of allegorical content.

This first documentation of Rogers’s life and work details her earliest influences and education, the shift following Hurricane Iwa, and her work that has grown increasingly complex and ambitious. The book documents not only the progress of an individual artist, but reflects the trajectory of women working in the arts in the latter part of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.