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Transforming Vision: Writers on Art

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In this unique and lavishly illustrated gift book, famous writers, including John Updike, Wallace Stevens, Joyce Carol Oates, and Philip Levine, contribute poems and prose--most never before published--on artworks found in one of the country's preeminent museums. 70 illustrations, 63 in color.
Hardcover, 143 pages
Published December 1st 1999 by Art Institute of Chicago (first published October 1994)
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Jan 07, 2012 Eric rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art
Guy Davenport with his geography of American Gothic puts the others in the shade.
Sherry (sethurner)
This a beautiful book, with around fifty paintings from the Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago is a hundred miles from here, but it's an easy train ride, so I visit the Art Institute two or three times a year. Familiarity with the paintings makes the book seem like a new look at old friends. In it authors including Saul Bellow, Delmore Schwartz, Francine Prose, Rita Dove, Willa Cather and Stanley Kunitz write essays, stories, poems about the the artworks - including Matisse's Woman Before an Aqua ...more
Jul 29, 2014 Ruta rated it it was amazing
There are many reasons to love this book: for the range of literary pieces, for beautiful reproductions, for Edward Hirsch's elegant introduction. I discovered Ivan Albright's art. A painter, on his death bed he wrote:

Things most important to me are lost
And in their place rises colossal
terror and fear and nights of eternal length
Bring uncalled for colors and sounds
And mirrors appear that were not
there before and half alive
They slip about the room waist high

This is the quiet harrowing truth that
michael reid  rubenstein
rather topical but nice reproductions of paintings. the joyce carol oates piece about hopper's "nighthawks" painting is terrific.
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