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John Seed is a professor of art and art history at Mt. San Jacinto College in Southern California. He is also a painter, a curator and an arts journalist. Seed is especially interested in contemporary representational painting and is also knowledgeable about Bay Area Figurative art and 19th and 20th century Southeast Asian painting. He is the author of “Arman Manookian (1904-31): An Armenian Artist in Hawai’i.” Winner of a 2002 Society of Professional Journalists award in art and entertainment writing, and a 2012 Creative Capital arts writers grant finalist, Seed has written about art and artists for Harvard Magazine, Honolulu, Christie's Hong Kong, Hyperallergic and Art Ltd. Seed has been a featured blogger for the HuffingtonPost Arts page since it first appeared in May, 2010. The essays are: Fast Food Art vs. Slow Food Art Published in the HuffingtonPost, July 20, 2010 I Don't Deconstruct Published in the HuffingtonPost, September 10, 2010 Mazurki: The Multiple Meanings of a Philip Guston Drawing Published in the HuffingtonPost, January 11, 2011 When Appreciating Works of Art, Being There is Always Best (on Damien Hirst) Published in the HuffingtonPost, August 12, 2011 When Fame Replaces Art (Damien Hirst) Published in the HuffingtonPost, February 2, 2012 Towards Eclecticism Published in the HuffingtonPost, August 9, 2012 Has the Art Market Gone Medieval? Published in the HuffingtonPost, April 22, 2013 On Taste, Richard Serra and the Green Eggs and Ham Syndrome Published in the HuffingtonPost, May 13, 2013 An Alluring Woman with Fries and McDonaldization in Art Published in the HuffingtonPost, Decebmer 27, 2013 What Makes a Jackson Pollock Painting Worth Millions? Published in the HuffingtonPost, February 1, 2014
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 84 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1499374135
  • ISBN-13: 978-1499374131
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,089,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By F. Scott Hess on May 16, 2014
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With these essays art writer John Seed has found his voice. Always eminently readable, Seed eschews art jargon in favor of language that is geared toward an educated populace, not an insider elite. His criticism of the art world is to the point, and so logical that one wonders how on earth we've let the system get so out of hand. Never acidic, Seed's writing is laced with a gentle humor, but he spears the art establishment with perfect aim. Seed champions art and artists that he feels are neglected in contemporary culture, focusing broadly on representational painters, but his tastes are expansive and educated. These essays by John Seed are for readers who want the straight dope on the current art world, and are sick of posers in French Structuralist uniforms.
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I haven't enjoyed reading an art book like this in...well forever. It's refreshing, honest and spot on over and over. Completely relatable and educational. Your writings validate so many of my fears as an artist as just being human and authentic emotions. Gem after gem has rejuvenated my faith in my attempt at being a full-time artist. Thank you! A must read for students, artists, collectors and dealers.
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I am a ceramic sculptor trying to "make it" in the big art world. The other day I stumbled across this book and found it to extremely entertaining and very informative. It give a unique perspective about the art world and collectors...a perspective not very much explored. I highly recommend reading this to all people involved in art. It is well written by a very intelligent man with a sense of humor and a fast and easy read.
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I very much agree with Seed's platforming the value of Humanist, Representational art. His insights and comparisons to Classical master works are well thought out and very convincing. I was disappointed however, with the few typos that I encountered- I would give the content a 5 star, and the delivery a 4 star ( it was a little annoying rereading some of the text several times before realizing a word or letter were out of place).
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Art students, painters, and anyone in the creative industry should give these essays some time. Seed gives an insightful think toward contemporary art and it's implications toward society, aesthetics, and interesting personal concerns.
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