The publication of Jeffrey Dennis’ Ringbinder in 2017 comes after a solo exhibition at Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art in summer 2015. Both exhibition and book attempt to reflect on Dennis’ development since his initial profile in Britain and the US was formed during the early 1980s. This was a period that saw a significant international resurgence in painting in parallel with the ‘New Image Painting’ in North America and the ‘Jungen Wilden’ (Young Wild Ones) in Germany.
If during the 1980s and early 1990s, Dennis’ work was included in major international exhibitions, then his subsequent development has been typical of painting’s wider expansion since the 2000s through his unusual, divergent and contradictory subject matter. This monograph, the painter’s largest for thirty years, will prove to be significant for the wider international discourse currently surrounding contemporary painting.
The book includes essays by Sue Hubbard, Sunil Manghani and Dan Smith, an interview the artist, and the thoughts of those that have known Dennis’ painting since the late 1970s, including artists, writers, curators and gallery directors, including Dr Stephen Bury, Jeffery Camp, Nigel Cooke, Dan Coombs, Penelope Curtis, Dexter Dalwood, Stephen Farthing, Catherine Ferguson, Rebecca Fortnum, Ian Giles, Martin Holman, Timothy Hyman, Elizabeth Magill, Jo Melvin, Eleanor Moreton, Lynda Morris, Andrew Nairne, Mathew Sawyer, Barry Schwabsky, Sir Nicholas Serota, Donald Smith, Damian Taylor, Rob Tufnell, Virginia Verran, Emrys Williams and Sam Windett.
Edited by Andrew Hunt and George Vasey.
Designed by James Langdon.
This title is co-published with Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art.