William Shakespeare × Rose Wylie: The Tempest


Set on a remote island, Shakespeare’s The Tempest is an ideal subject for artist Rose Wylie, whose work frequently references classic stories and well-known characters.


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William Shakespeare, Rose Wylie


Likely the last play written entirely by Shakespeare, The Tempest brings together various themes the bard explored in his prior plays, including magic, revenge and forgiveness, order and society, and nature versus art. The shipwreck and remote island, the spirits, and the dukes and their children, offer rich material for Wylie’s works on paper and canvas.

As the third title in David Zwirner Books’s Seeing Shakespeare series, this book pairs a complex narrative with equally layered works by a contemporary artist who approaches the play and art-making from a unique perspective.

Additional information

Weight 418 g
Dimensions 15.8 x 23.1 cm
Publisher name David Zwirner Books
Publication date 28 July 2022
Number of pages 144
Format Hardback
Contributors Introduction by Katie Kitamura
Dimensions 15.8 x 23.1 cm
Weight 418 g


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British artist Rose Wylie (b. 1934) paints uniquely recognizable, colorful, and exuberant compositions that at first glance are instantly accessible, not seeming to align with any discernible style or movement, but on closer inspection are revealed to be wittily observed and subtly sophisticated meditations on the nature of visual representation itself.

Katie Kitamura's most recent novel is Intimacies (2021). Her previous novel, A Separation (2017), was a finalist for the Premio von Rezzori. She has twice been a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award and has received fellowships from the Lannan and Santa Maddalena Foundations. Her work has been translated into eighteen languages and is being adapted for film and television. She teaches in the creative writing program at New York University.