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Product Details

  • Paperback: 145 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 2 edition (December 10, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520216768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520216761
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 9.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #845,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Edward Hopper's paintings, and photographs of the sites on which they are based, are the focus of Levin's book. This comparative view illustrates Hopper's compositional approach, his use of cropping, his exaggeration of the vertical or horizontal elements, and his simplifications, which Levin details. Further, the photographs tell us about Hopper, his watercolor and oil technique, and his subject preferences. The photographs themselves, taken in most cases several decades after the paintings were made, are equally illustrative of America's changing landscape. Though Hopper's Places will appeal to scholars and fans, the content is rather limited. Other monographs, including Levin's own ( Edward Hopper: the art and the artist , LJ 10/1/80) are much more illuminating. Douglas G. Campbell, Ctr. for Fine Arts, Warner Pacific Coll., Portland, Ore.
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"This comparative view illustrates Hopper's compositional approach, his use of cropping, his exaggeration of the vertical or horizontal elements, and his simplifications, which Levin details. . . . The photographs themselves, taken in most cases several decades after the paintings were made, are equally illustrative of America's changing landscape."--"Library Journal

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Gail Levin is Distinguished Professor of Art History, American Studies, and Women's Studies at The Graduate Center and Baruch College of the City University of New York. Her many books, include a well-known series on Edward Hopper, culminating in 1995 in a four-volume catalogue raisonné and Edward Hopper: An Intimate Biography, which The Wall Street Journal chose in 2007 as one of the five best portrayals of artists' lives, going back in its selections to 1931. She has also written biographies of Judy Chicago and Lee Krasner, collaborated on films about Edward Hopper, Lee Krasner, and other topics and had a cable television show, Art at Issue. Her most recent project, Theresa Bernstein: A Century in Art, includes a book, a website, and a touring exhibition. See http://nml.cuny.edu/theresabernstein/ or
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2a4EtwkQQM for a video interview with Gail Levin.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By STEPHEN T. McCARTHY on April 8, 2005
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There's a TWILIGHT ZONE episode titled, 'A KIND OF STOPWATCH' which starred Richard Erdman & was first broadcast in October of 1963. The story is about a man who is able to freeze time by suspending the progress of the second hand on an enchanted stopwatch. He instantaneously stops time in order to rob a bank and accidentally breaks the stopwatch in the process, leaving him stranded alone forever in a timeless, lifeless world. I saw the episode as a child and it immediately captivated me, and something about that imagery has haunted me ever since. EDWARD HOPPER is my favorite artist and there's a "timeless isolationism" - a Twilight Zoneish quality - to his oeuvre that I really resonate to. (Don't worry! I don't intend to psychoanalyze myself here. Although my parents DID disenroll me from kindergarten when, because of my withdrawn nature, my teacher described me as "antisocial." They employed the obvious solution to that malady, right?)

HOPPER's works convey this intense internal aloneness by merely hinting at details in big spaces, depicting daytime shadows sparsely and yet placing almost everything in a serene (often golden) glow. His pictures rarely illustrate the sharp, mind-numbing dead of Winter or the harsh and draining dog days of Summer. Regardless of the time of year in which he worked, in Hopper's world it is perpetually Autumn. Dreamy. Quiet. Lonely. Sad. But how he captured that mood cannot be fully fathomed through mere observable techniques. It was Mr. Melancholy's inner vision that was his real "style", and this comes across so brilliantly in GAIL LEVIN's wonder-filled book, 'HOPPER'S PLACES.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 2003
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If you are a fan of Hopper's art, and/or if you like to paint yourself, you will love this book. Hopper's ability to take the ordinary and turn it into an exceptional painting is amazing, and this book shows you exactly (well, almost) what he saw when he painted his scenes. Gail Levin went through a lot of hard work to track down these places, and seeing them side by side with Hopper's paintings makes it well worth her effort. It's my favorite art book, turned to time and time again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Danielson on January 20, 2005
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I loved this book! If the most important trait to have as an artist is to "see" like an artist, then this gives you insight into what one of America's greatest saw.

Anybody who has picked up my copy of the book has been fascinated, even if they aren't painters themselves. The only reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5, was the analysis of some of Hopper's subjects. It seemed, after reading what the author wrote about the paintings, that she spent too much time in academia and not enough time painting. She attributes more complex motives to some of Hopper's compositions than he intended, I think. For instance, I suspect that the only reason he painted the dead tree in front of Libby House was that he found it artistically interesting. I don't think he was trying to show "past decay" against the present, but who knows?

In the end, I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves Hopper or the realist style.
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By andy on March 16, 2013
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This is a limited overview of his architectural art, which is what I wanted. Book is in good condition and provides what I was looking for.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Merriwin on February 3, 2013
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Well, it's one of those purchases that is my own darn fault. The title of the book tells the entire story. I was not as interestd in the locale of a painting as much as I wanted essays on the painting itself, the process of a painting coming together, the trial and errors of producing a final painting. I gave up on reading the book because it became a source of boredom after the first two chapters. That is unheard of for me to not finish a book. And to show for my commitment to be rid of the book, it was promptly packed off to the thrift store.
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