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How to See: Looking, Talking, and Thinking about Art Hardcover – October 18, 2016
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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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And the whole book is like that.
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?
"The aim of every authentic artist is not to conform to the history of art, but to release himself from it in order to replace it with his own history.
The purpose of education is to keep a culture from being drowned in senseless repetitions, each of which claims to offer a new insight.
They have put into practice the notion that a bad art work cleverly interpreted according to some obscure Method is more rewarding than a masterpiece wrapped in silence.
No dealer, curator, buyer or critic, or any existing combination of these, can be depended on to produce a reputation that is more than a momentary flurry. Co-operating critics comb the studios like big-league scouts, prepared to spot the art of the future and to take lead in establishing reputations. Art historians stand by ready with cameras and notebooks to make sure every novel detail is safe for the record.
The tradition of the new has reduced all other traditions to triviality.
Only conservatives believe that subversion is still being carried on in the arts and that society is being shaken by it.
The values to which the conservative appeals are inevitably caricatured by the individuals designated to put them into practice. What better way to prove that you understand a subject than to make money out of it?
Advanced art today is no longer a cause - it contains no moral imperative. There is no virtue in clinging to principles and standards, no vice in selling or in selling out."
- Harold Rosenberg
"Jack Goldstein began seriously to make paintings at this time. Eventually he became known for what he referred to as "salon paintings" – those designed both to be sold to the very rich and to secure for the artist a place in art history. Although he was accused by some of "selling out" to a bull market in painting, this tactic appropriated the art star mantle that Goldstein's work always had assumed." - Wiki
But does 30 seconds warrant an actual review? My review is justified because in addition to my brief perusal at the bookstore I caught a PBS news expose on Salle and his new book, whose title is just as obvious and anti-clever-thinking-it’s-clever as the precepts in his painting. In fact, the news report may have been more penetrating and telling, because here we see the artist and author himself attempting to espouse on his visual belief system. And trust me, it was painful to view. I call it a ‘belief system’ only because that is how Salle presents himself and his ideas- as though now he is a seasoned master, willing to pass down wisdom and insight to the masses, who cannot see. Salle fashions himself the new John Berger.
Also telling was that he, like the hordes of hipster wannabees, moved to Brooklyn (Myrtle Avenue of all places) and rode the wave of gentrification that now makes it safe for elderly white people to stroll down the avenue, a street that only twenty-five years ago was nicknamed “Murder Avenue.” Interestingly, the news report, approximately 7-8 minutes in length, seemed to focus more on Salle and his new Bohemian Brooklyn life than the book itself, though clearly it was a plug for the book. It is almost fitting that Salle and Fort Greene, Brooklyn should have married like this, because both suffer from an equally high degree of manipulation and lie.
No, David Salle is still the predictable and marginal painter hoisted up by a heavyweight dealer 30 years ago and who must now have his price point maintained so as not to collapse the art market. Not at all dissimilar to Julian Schnabel’s predicament. However, I believe that sooner or later people will eventually wake up and wonder, “What is this hunk of broken crockery and shlock on my wall?”
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The book's interior layout is lovely... very smooth reading experience.Read more
Some insights into the making of art, but mostly anecdotes of personal experiences with and of the artists.