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“This revealingly rich interface between de Kooning’s thought, method, and art provides an erudite, timeless discussion.”

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“Richard Shiff’s Between Sense and De Kooning is a tour de force. But of what precisely? It's a category of art writing for which there is no genre, like De Kooning famously said of Duchamp, he's a movement of one! This is not a survey or a biography but an extraordinarily deep conversation with the reader about what De Kooning painted and what he said about it. It is an absolutely unique and wonderful book.”
(Jonathan Fineberg, author of Art Since 1940: Strategies of Being)

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Richard Shiff is professor of art history at the University of Texas at Austin. His other books include Cézanne and the End of Impressionism: A Study of the Theory, Technique, and Critical Evaluation of Modern Art and Doubt.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books; First Edition edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861898533
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861898531
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Green Daniel on January 12, 2012
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I'm not going to spend a lot of time on this review. This book, as expected, contains major de Kooning works. Perhaps not quite as expected, it contains some very interesting and intelligently expressed points of view concerning de Kooning's process. And lack of process. If there was ever a case where the artist played more of a role in his/her career than the art itself, I'm not aware of it. That said, I'm not always sure I agree with some of these views. I'm not always sure I even understand all of them. But I do find them intriguing and worthwhile, at least for the purpose of considering Willem de Kooning's life in art and the motivation behind the work. This book might benefit from the recent Pulitzer Prize winning biography, "de Kooning - An American Master". Since I cannot UNread the biography, I can't be sure that the two books do not work together better than either of them standing alone, but I have a hunch that it might be true. The biography is a rare page turner, and so is this, the next chapter.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By judith on December 2, 2012
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i saw his retrospective at the moma last year and couldnt wait to find this book to remind me how 'taken' i was with this
de kooning show
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