Jonas Wood
Karma/Anton Kern Gallery/David Kordansky Gallery, New York, 2016
90 pages, hardcover
10 14 × 8 14 inches
Edition of 2,500


Portraits compiles the many works completed over Wood’s career, done in a variety of media, and with a range of subjects and sitters, including paintings of artist friends, self-portraits, intimate familial moments in domestic interiors and the artist’s own cultural and sports heroes, from basketball players and boxers to Philip Guston and Pablo Picasso—though Wood’s esteem for these figures is beside the point, as he notes: “I don’t depict only those athletes who have meaning for me. Sometimes it is about the images being interesting, or that I like the color of the card, and sometimes it is about loving the athlete.” Wood’s subjects are presented in bright light with lively color, graphic flatness and minute detail rendered impeccably.