Rebecca Salter: Into the Light of Things
Edited by Gillian Forrester
Essays by Achim Borchardt-Hume, Richard Cork, Gillian Forrester, and Sadako Ohki
Published by the Yale Center for British Art in association with Yale University Press
280 pages, 11 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches, 200 illustrations, cloth, ISBN 978-0300170429
Publication date: February 22, 2011
Rebecca Salter (born 1955) is a British abstract artist who lives and works in London. After studying ceramics, she spent six years in Kyoto, Japan. There, she started to make drawings and woodblock prints that combined Western and Eastern traditions. On her return, Salter began painting on canvas using acrylics. She still views her practice as “making an object” rather than a surface. Although Salter’s work is studio-based, it reflects her experience of drawing outdoors, and she arguably can be categorized as a landscape artist. Accompanying a major survey exhibition at the Yale Center for British Art, this sumptuously illustrated book maps Salter’s career, situating her work in relation to international abstraction, as well as investigating the impact of Japanese art, architecture, and aesthetics on her practice. Richard Cork considers Salter’s redesign of the entrance of St. George’s Hospital, London, which demonstrates both her engagement with Japanese concepts of space and her belief in the therapeutic value of art.