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Always Looking: Essays on Art

Always Looking Essays on Art In this posthumous collection of John Updike s art writings a companion volume to the acclaimed Just Looking and Still Looking readers are again treated to remarkably elegant essays Newsd

  • Title: Always Looking: Essays on Art
  • Author: John Updike Christopher Carduff
  • ISBN: 9780307957306
  • Page: 408
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this posthumous collection of John Updike s art writings, a companion volume to the acclaimed Just Looking 1989 and Still Looking 2005 , readers are again treated to remarkably elegant essays Newsday in which the psychological concerns of the novelist drive the eye from work to work until a deep understanding of the art emerges The New York Times Book Review.In this posthumous collection of John Updike s art writings, a companion volume to the acclaimed Just Looking 1989 and Still Looking 2005 , readers are again treated to remarkably elegant essays Newsday in which the psychological concerns of the novelist drive the eye from work to work until a deep understanding of the art emerges The New York Times Book Review Always Looking opens with The Clarity of Things, the Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities for 2008 Here, in looking closely at individual works by Copley, Homer, Eakins, Norman Rockwell, and others, the author teases out what is characteristically American in American art This talk is followed by fourteen essays, most of them written for The New York Review of Books, on certain highlights in Western art of the last two hundred years the iconic portraits of Gilbert Stuart and the sublime landscapes of Frederic Edwin Church, the series paintings of Monet and the monotypes of Degas, the richly patterned canvases of Vuillard and the golden extravagances of Klimt, the cryptic triptychs of Beckmann, the personal graffiti of Mir , the verbal visual puzzles of Magritte, and the monumental Pop of Oldenburg and Lichtenstein The book ends with a consideration of recent works by a living American master, the steely sculptural environments of Richard Serra John Updike was a gallery goer of genius Always Looking is, like everything else he wrote, an invitation to look, to see, to apprehend the visual world through the eyes of a connoisseur.

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    1. Description: In this posthumous collection of John Updike’s art writings, a companion volume to the acclaimed Just Looking (1989) and Still Looking (2005), readers are again treated to “remarkably elegant essays” (Newsday) in which “the psychological concerns of the novelist drive the eye from work to work until a deep understanding of the art emerges” (The New York Times Book Review). Always Looking opens with “The Clarity of Things,” the Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities for 20 [...]

    2. awesome collection of essays. I now appreciate more artists such as Federic E. Church, Klimt, Miro & Rene Magritte

    3. Tasteful, intelligenttes:preface: childhood photo on porch, "a majestic amount of steam in the kitchen""photo looks posedpoignant & tender"17Eakins.n in single scullippled waves95Vuillard.ffered from comparison w/Bonnard102. aura of sanctity, of respect for the toll that ordinary living took on him, tinges his friends' reminiscences110Klimt.e drawings contributed to the iconography of the forbiddenpicted women in onanistic raptures, voluptuous theme of lesbianism123Beckmanninting pure and si [...]

    4. I put down the book a few weeks ago, which is not out of the ordinary for me when reading (approaching) Updike. Since then I have joined this book club and will probably go back and read it again to the end. Updike, sometimes he,if only he could help himself and not be so uh, I am trying to meld the kinetic image of 'slick' with the remote feel of footsteps as the recede down the hall, oddly louder, and more distant, the deeper in his book you read.At any rate, I will report back, if the hallway [...]

    5. L'intellettuale a 360 gradi, non lo scrittore di romanzi e racconti. Il curioso erudito a prescindere, non l'autore pluripremiato con il Pulitzer. Questo è il John Updike che parla d'arte: osservatore minuzioso, mai pedante. Le mostre da cui prendono spunto i pezzi qui raccolti sono la chiesa dove si officia l'adorazione per l'estetica e la poesia che stanno dietro (davanti) a un quadro. Benefico.

    6. Fourteen essays on art by the late John Updike, his third such collection since 1989. They cover major Eastern American exhibits from the 1990's on, from the colonial to the camp. As in his fiction, Updike is a master describer of the material and the methodological, while middling on meaning. His eager appreciation, though, and his fluid, informed prose make him a great fellow gallery-goer.

    7. I've only had time to read one chapter --on Gilbert Stuart-- before returning this to the library, and I've enjoyed it so far.It's a lovely glimpse (with great writing and interesting details) of exhibitions I've been unable to see in person.

    8. With all the time I've been spending with art these last couple of years, it's time I begin reading more from those that know, about art today. This one looks superb.Updike on Artnyti/Y6R0Lo

    9. other than the annoyance i feel at rich white men stating opinions (some wrong) as fact, an ok read.

    10. Only 3 essays in so far and am frustrated by the fact that many of the paintings he talks about not included in the book.

    11. Excellent book, beautifully writtenVery lush and descriptive. Highly recommend for art lovers and others.

    12. I found this collection of essays about artists, art history, and exhibition to be both entertaining and informative. The book is filled with luscious photographs, too.

    13. I only wish all art reviews and art criticism were like this book. Thoughtful and full of insight and beautifully written

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