Eddie Martinez & Chuck Webster: . Eddie Martinez & Chuck Webster. SIGNED by Chuck Webster. New York: Picture Box and ZieherSmith, 2008. Two small 8vos in hardcover, complete with obi. 128 pages in all. Illustrated in color. Fine set.
First edition. – INSCRIBED by Chuck Webster with colored pencils to half title, dated 2011
“This two-volume set features the psychedelic, expressionistic figuration of Eddie Martinez in one volume and the Thomas Nozkowski-esque abstractions of Chuck Webster in the other. Both Brooklyn-based artists, represented in New York by Zieher-Smith, are enamored with paint–both, in fact, embrace painting’s historical baggage, its romantic and spiritual undertones. Martinez combines fearlessly expressive paint handling with a feel for cartoon imagery and personal symbology. Webster, on the other hand, makes Minimal talismanic works that are formally rigorous and impeccably polished. Together they present a friendly argument for the myriad possibilities of contemporary painting. An interview with the artists, who are old friends, and a selection of their collaborative drawings form a bridge between the books. First monographs for both artists, these volumes also include essays by Joao Ribas and Geoffrey Young.”