Sunday, May 22, 2011

letters, quotes, discussions and more

" Theories of Modern Art: A Source Book by Artists and Critics" by Hershel B. Chipp with contributions by Peter Selz and Joshua C. Taylor, University of California Press.

Should I start with the last chapter on Contemporary Art or read again Chapter VII on "Art and Politics" or chapter V on "Futurism"? This book can be read from the first to the last page or as needed.

The crumpled book cover is a testimony of my repeated visits. I read it at swimming pools, in airplanes (or airports waiting for airplanes), doctors waiting rooms... The material is so dense that I can spend just fifteen minutes and find material for reflection , like quotes from artists, letters, articles, speeches, critics...
It could appear fragmented but the material is presented in a structured manner with nine chapters, each independent with a well-defined subject: Postimpressionism, Symbolism and other Subjectivist Tendencies, Fauvism and Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Neo-Plasticism and Constructivism, Dada Surrealism and Scuola Metafisica, Art and Politics, Contemporary Art.
The list of contents at the beginning facilitates a search with a short detailed preview and a referral to the page's number.

The illustrations are only in black and white and give a scholarly touch to the book.

A detailed bibliography related to each chapter, a list of illustrations and the index bring more useful informations.

Beyond entertainment, it is an essential.

photographs by the author:

"The Look of Amber", Yves Tanguy, 1929

" Muse I", Constantin Brancusi, 1909-10

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