Essays on art and culture....
|Title||:||Magicians & Charlatans|
|Number of Pages||:||358 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
Magicians & Charlatans Reviews
For more than a decade, my wife -- who is an artist in several media -- has told me how generally parasitic and useless she finds art criticism; so, I was pretty interested when she starting praising Jed Perl's recent work in the New York Review of Books (actually, the first two or three times she mentioned him, it may not have entirely registered, but that fourth time, my razor-sharp intellect detected the pattern). Wanting to encourage her excitement, I bought a small shelf of Perl's books. This is the one that I read myself first and I was utterly blown away. Every essay -- nearly every page -- struck me with the depth its insight and its feeling. And its scholarship. Like so many great books, this one is a portal into many others as well, of course, as into many canvases. I loved it.
I appreciate Jed Perl's contrarianism even when his criticism opposes my own viewpoint. He is a very good writer about painting, but who also comments on a range of other contemporary art practices. Of special note here is his long essay on Christian Marclay'sThe Clock , and an excellent reflection on the 2003 Edouard Vuillard exhibit at the National Gallery in Washington, DC.
Good criticism of "anything goes" in modern art. Gets rather tendentious at times.