- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (October 18, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393248135
- ISBN-13: 978-0393248135
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.6 inches
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“If John Berger’s Ways of Seeing is a classic of art criticism, looking at the ‘what’ of art, then David Salle’s How to See is the artist’s reply, a brilliant series of reflections on how artists think when they make their work. The ‘how’ of art has perhaps never been better explored.”
- Salman Rushdie
“David Salle’s brilliant canvases changed everything, and now his luminescent eye and voice have married in a book that is destined to alter not only how we look at art, but the language we use to describe it. His essays are a gift that, in addition to feeding one’s process of intellection, nourishes one’s art loving soul. Transcendent.”
- Hilton Als
“David Salle is widely known as one of our most daring and intelligent painters, but he is also an eloquent critic. How to See is a marvel of incisive and intimate observation. For all his audacity as a painter, Salle seems touchingly proud to be a part of the family of art and to derive his pictorial forms from what he calls the ‘the shared DNA of art,’ raising the possibility that all masterworks are in fact a group project.”
- Deborah Solomon
“David Salle’s thoughtful, intelligent, beautifully written essays inspire us to think about, and look at, art in wholly new ways. He makes difficult subjects (and artists) seem effortless, transparent, and he wears the depth and breadth of his knowledge of art and art history so lightly that we hardly notice how much we are learning. How to See is a pure pleasure to read.”
- Francine Prose
“David Salle writes about art with a joyous lucidity that is both bracing―nothing, absolutely nothing, escapes his notice―and utterly disarming. He guides his readers through the complex world of contemporary art with a rare generosity of spirit, a dazzling skill at description, and a radiant honesty that are as challenging as they are irresistible.”
- Ingrid Rowland
“David Salle asks of other art not, where does this belong? but, what does this make me feel and think about? Salle subtly and persuasively reminds us that all art, even the most seemingly recalcitrant, is there to be looked at, and that what artists do is, exactly, teach us how to see.”
- Adam Gopnik
“David Salle has a sharp, thrilling eye and an uncanny ability to reorder and make new the act of seeing. These perceptive, far-ranging essays are drawn from deep knowledge and experience―reading this book feels like having a conversation about art with the smartest person in the room.”
- Emma Cline
- Joan Juliet Buck
“Lovely to read… [How to See] is serious but never solemn, alert to pleasure, a boulevardier’s crisp stroll through the visual world.”
- Dwight Garner, New York Times
“An upbeat, non-combative approach to art criticism… [F]resh, engaging.”
- Roger White, New York Times Book Review
About the Author
David Salle’s paintings are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery in Washington, DC, the Los Angeles County Art Museum, Tate Modern, the National Galerie Berlin, and many others. He lives in New York City.
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One more criticism: Each chapter has 1 reproduction but all are black-and-white. Would it have cost that much more to publish them in color?
I especially loved the lessons at the end and the essay on Lichtenstein. I highly recommend
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