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"I have never seen a book that deals so extensively and usefully with the aesthetic and critical climate surrounding Guston, the allegorical interpretation of his work, or the role of his Jewishness in his art and thinking. Telling Stories is an original and stimulating contribution."—Clark Coolidge

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David Kaufmann is Associate Professor of English at George Mason University and is the author of The Business of Common Life: Novels and Classical Economics between Revolution and Reform.
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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (May 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520265769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520265769
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,074,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Reich Claude on May 25, 2010
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Being a long-time Guston fan, I have read about everything that has been published about the artist over the last 20 years. This book, whose title is based on Guston's often-quoted explanation for his shift from abstract to figurative art in the late 1960's ("I was sick of this purity...Wanted to tell stories"), brings new and very interesting insight on the imagery of his late paintings (giant lima-bean heads, hands, shoes, insects roaming in desolate landscapes, hoods piggybacking on clunkers in gloomy cityscapes, etc). There are very interesting lines, especially about the role of Judaism in Guston's art or the significance of the word "allegory". The analysis is based on a careful study of some of his major paintings ("Painting, Eating, Sleeping", "City Limits"...), however, one would have appreciated more illustrations of the works studied in the text, which would have made the reading even more enjoyable.
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Some interesting things about Guston, but the book gets pretentious when it tries to talk about art, motivations, whatever.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ronald Yrabedra on December 23, 2012
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this reads more like an essay from Art Forum than as an interpretation and explanation of historical events which pushed Guston toward a new expressionism.
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