Book: Enough is Definitely Enough by Andrew Bracey featuring responses to Las meninas by Diego Velazquez
Responding to Diego Velazquez famous painting.
Part of the LAS MENINAS SERIES, after Valezquez
'Enough is Definitely Enough' by Andrew Bracey is a 2021 publication illustrating three touring exhibitions of 62 artists responses to the famous Velazquez painting, Las Meninas.
Above 'Las Meninas, oil on canvas, 2019, (c) Pip Dickens
Painted in 1656 by Diego Velázquez, Las Meninas is one of the most revered and innovative artworks in history. Widely discussed, debated and critiqued, it has inspired artists, writers and filmmakers for centuries.
Just when you thought there was nothing more left to say about the painting, artist, curator and lecturer Andrew Bracey asked sixty-two contemporary artists to interpret the artwork. Well, almost. The painting itself never leaves the world-famous Museo del Prado in Madrid, so he distributed a postcard of Las Meninas to respond to in place of Velázquez’s original.
Bracey’s perceptive and engaging writing brings Las Meninas to life in new ways through the interpretation of these contemporary artworks, which range from the witty and the cosmic through to the conceptual and intuitive.
Exploring themes including ‘close looking’, time, mirroring, the meta and the complex, and associative thinking, this book demonstrates how an artist’s interpretation of an artwork can offer a host of new perspectives.
Enough Is Definitely Enough introduces the relative art novice to the links between contemporary art practice and art history, while allowing the expert to find alternative ways of looking at one of the world’s greatest paintings.