- Paperback: 640 pages
- Publisher: Grove Press (September 30, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802137202
- ISBN-13: 978-0802137203
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,051,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Grove Book of Art Writing: Brilliant Words on Art from Pliny the Elder to Damien Hirst Paperback – September 30, 2000
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Gayford (art critic, Spectator magazine) and Wright (editor, Modern Painters) have scoured the centuries to provide a delightful romp through the world of art writing. The material includes both short stories and long quotes, arranged thematically by chapters that cover the artist at work, models, psychology, and revolution to truth and beauty, how to do it, and bad reviews. Writers ranging from Seneca to Henry James to David Bowie provide pointed, lively entertainment; cumbersome and uninspiring prose is not found here. Readers learn such tidbits as Pierre Bonnard's refusal to have his face photographed after the death of his wife, Brian Eno's attempt to relieve himself in Marcel Duchamp's "Fountain," and John Wells's comparison of abstraction and alchemy. So, ultimately, what is art? Read the Grove Book of Art Writing to find out. Recommended for public libraries and where there is interest.DNadine Dalton Speidel, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH
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Covering artists, their patrons, media and techniques, the book is a very useful insight into interpretations of Art in all of its forms.
It becomes heavy reading because the text is unrelieved by any illustrations, which seems a pity when the text is directly concerned with visual elements.