The Writing of Art
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The Writing of Art

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This collection of essays offers different ways of seeing twentieth-century art via the medium of aesthetics. Each essay explores a different vision: Pablo Picasso's Mercure, Paul Klee's work from the thirties, Yves Klein's concept of the Void, Ed Ruscha's gunpowder drawings, and Cy Twombly's Bacchus paintings. Having curated exhibitions on the majority of these artists, O...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published May 15th 2012 by Pushkin Press (first published April 10th 2012)
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Richard
Olivier Berggruen - curator, art historian, collector - here brings together several short pieces on the work of Picasso, Paul Klee, Yves Klein, Ed Ruscha, Basquiat, Agnes Martin and Cy Twombly. The thread that connects these pieces is compellingly declared in the introduction:

"Sustained vision, prolonged engagement with the work of art, being attuned to the shifting qualities of our sensations, description of various flashes of vision - these are revelatory of a truth that the surface of things...more
Darran Mclaughlin
What a waste of my time it was reading this book. It is 175 pages long but many of those pages are made up of notes or images, and the text is in a large font. There is barely any content here. I have to assume that Berggruen paid Pushkin Press to publish this because I don't see how they would think this was a book worth doing. Just as I was thinking that there wasn't a single interesting or provocative idea in the book I came across a section that compared Ed Rusha's word paintings to Mallarme...more
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