This book was published on the occasion of two exhibitions entitled Mark Tansey at Gagosian, Britannia Street, London, and Beverly Hills.
Tansey constructs visual allegories about the nature and implications of perception, meaning, and interpretation in art. Manipulating the conventions and structures of figurative painting, he creates corollaries for sometimes arcane literary, philosophical, and historical concepts. His images originate from the extensive archive of magazine, journal, and newspaper clippings that he has accumulated over the years, as well as from his own photographs.
The publication documents nine paintings made by the artist between 2006 and 2012. The works are painted in ultramarine, a color that combines the depth and complexities of black with the lightness and transparency of blue and that imparts the historicizing feel of now-obsolescent blueprint. Each work is shown with numerous details, allowing the viewer to discover narratives within each composition.