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The Tony Award-winning play that focuses on the meaning of art (in the form of a solid white painting) as well as the meaning of friendship, to both the man who bought the painting and the two friends who come to see it."
Paperback, 63 pages
Published March 6th 1997 by Faber & Faber (first published October 28th 1994)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
L'Art=Art, Yasmina Reza
عنوان: هنر؛ نویسنده: یاسمینا رضا؛ مترجم: داریوش مودبیان؛ ویراستار: پوپک راد؛ تهران، امیرخانی، 1378؛ در 121 ص؛ شابک: 9649213945؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، قاب، 1389؛ شابک: 9789647798112؛ موضوع: نمایشنامه از نویسندگان فرانسوی قرن 20 م
مترجم: مهرنوش بهبودی؛ عباس کیارستمی؛ تهران، ماه ریز، 1378؛ در 87 ص؛ شابک: 9649214747؛ چاپ دوم 1380؛
هوشنگ حسامی و سحر داوری نیز این نمایشنامه را به همراه نمایشنامه مرد اتفاقی در 1382 دز 124 ص، در انتشارات تجربه منتشر کرده اند
Mohammad Ali

نمره ی واقعی: دو و نیم

برای من آدم ها مهم تر و جذاب تر بودند تا اون جدال بر سر کلاسیسیسم و مدرنیسم؛ به نظرم برای نویسنده هم همینطور بوده
Leo Robertson
Nov 16, 2015 Leo Robertson rated it liked it
I only read this, then I saw a bit of a French production on Youtube and realised it was a comedy, aha!!
I don't really get the art of the theatre much. Some people say masterpiece, I say upper class people bickering by repeating each other.
This candle says you have a negative world view- A negative world view?- A negative world view!- That candle doesn't say I have a negative world view omg who cares. (made this bit up obvs)
But perhaps that's just one more level the play works on XD
Deirdre
Jul 13, 2009 Deirdre rated it it was amazing
Shelves: drama
Many of the negative reviews here seem to have come from people who have never seen the play performed. I don't know how I'd have reacted to the script if I'd read it before seeing the play in performance but I bought the text the first time I saw it with the original London cast of Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay and Ken Stott. It was truly one of the greatest evenings I've spent in the theatre. I saw the play twice more with fresh casts each time and whilst the third casting wasn't quite up to th ...more
Chris
I love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love this play, have since I first saw. Every time I see a white painting, I laughed. This audio version is wonderful and will have people looking at you as you burst into laughter.

Truth about friendships and art. This audio includes talks with translator and actors. Brillant!
Kenny
Apr 27, 2016 Kenny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theatre, scripts
ART 1

Somehow, “ART” escaped my reading list for all these years. I remember when it came out and the wonderful things I’d heard about it, but I never made to Serge’s apartment. But reading it now, so many years after it appeared made me appreciate it all the more. My perspective has changed over the years. Now, I understand all three men, and I can relate to each one of them. I saw parts of each of them in myself. I understood.

Art raises a whole series of unresolved questions about modern art. Serge
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Verónica Laeddis
Nov 18, 2015 Verónica Laeddis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Creo que esta obra de teatro es una lectura obligatoria para todos aquellos que disfruten del arte y, especialmente, para aquellos que observen el arte moderno con cierta reticencia. Podría decirse que el personaje principal de la novela es un cuadro, y que a partir de la relación entre tres amigos y sus argumentaciones respecto a la tela, se nos muestran las tres opiniones más tipificadas sobre el arte contemporáneo.
El final me patina mucho, puesto que el cuadro pasa a un segundo plano y todo
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Israel Montoya Baquero
May 24, 2016 Israel Montoya Baquero rated it really liked it
No soy yo mucho de leer teatro, la verdad, pero tengo que reconocer que esta obra me ha encantado. Vale que el tema me toca bastante, pero me parece magistral (y divertidísima) la aproximación de Reza a la problemática del "arte contemporáneo" y sus circustancias. Pero, ¿es de lo único que habla esta dramaturga de origén francés en "Arte"? Obviamente no, y la excusa de la compra de un cuadro, sirve para explorar el complicado mundo de las relaciones humanas, ese "somos quien somos en base a como ...more
Gareth
Jul 16, 2012 Gareth rated it really liked it
Shelves: theatre
When Serge spends a fortune on a piece of modern art, his friend Marc is horrified and tells him so. Then Marc goes to their mutual friend Yvan to gain his support, only for Yvan to sympathise with Serge. Over the course of an evening, the three men's discussion becomes a war zone as everyone reveals long buried resentments and fears.
A piece of pure theatre that wouldn't work as well in any other medium. It is an interesting little meditation on friendship, especially male friends. How much do w
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Phillip
Jan 19, 2014 Phillip rated it it was amazing
Shelves: drama
I think Reza is one of the most brilliant playwrights writing today. This is the second play of hers I've read--the first was God of Carnage--and I've seen both performed. What I find so incredible is the way Reza structures conflict in a series of crescendos. The up and down motion of her conflict is more evident in God of Carnage, but in Art the action rises quickly, plateaus, and then rises again, plateaus, and rises, until in the final moments of the play there is a resolution, which is unde ...more
Ubiqua
Mar 04, 2015 Ubiqua rated it really liked it
Molto prima di Il dio del massacro (2006) Yasmina Reza scrive Arte (1994), pièce affine e complementare alla successiva. In Arte abbiamo tre personaggi che si confrontano mettendo a nudo i meccanismi della loro amicizia. Si intravede l’affetto, ma anche molta sopraffazione. Reza usa l’espediente del dibattito sul valore artistico di un quadro bianco dipinto a righe bianche per passare ai raggi X questi rapporti, definendoli infine con onestà come insanabili nelle disfunzioni, ma ugualmente solid ...more
Brittany Petruzzi
Jun 08, 2012 Brittany Petruzzi rated it really liked it
Shelves: tony-winners, plays
"Never underestimate the pleasure of watching really good actors behaving terribly."

So said Ben Brantley in 2009 about Yasmina Reza's second Tony Award-winning play, God of Carnage. I'm almost certain that had I read Carnage instead of seeing its brilliance on stage, I would have found myself as annoyed at the horrible people before me as I was when reading 'Art'.

The thing is, just when you think you've had enough of Reza's letting these people have at one another for no good reason, she hits yo
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Joan Sebastián Araujo Arenas
El propósito de Arte probablemente sólo sea el servir de punto de partida. No sólo para aquello que los personajes declaran y defienden dentro de la historia, sino para cualquier reflexión ―divagación― posterior que surja a partir de su puesta en escena o de su lectura. De modo pues que, lo que sea que hayan querido decir realmente los personajes, lo que sea que haya querido retratar la autora, lo que sea que se supone que debemos entender todos sobre Arte, da igual. Lo que es lo mismo que afirm ...more
Zari
Mar 13, 2016 Zari added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: play
ایوان: تو خیال می کنی از پوشه یا نوارچسب خوشم میاد. خیال می کنی آدم طبیعی یه روز خوشحال و خندون از خواب بلند میشه بره کلاسور و کاور اوراق اداری بفروشه؟ انتظار دارید چی کار بکنم؟ چهل ساله که مسخره بازی درآوردم شما رو خندوندم. بله معلومه. با مسخره بازی ام همه ی دوستها رو می خندودم اما شب کی مثل یه موش تنهاست؟ کی تنها و بی کس هر شب می تپه تو سوراخش؟ این دلقک که تا حد مرگ تنهاست هر شیء سخن گویی رو که روشن می کنه پیغام کی روی منشی تلفنه؟ مادرش. مادرش و باز هم مادرش.
Ed
Sep 23, 2016 Ed rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theatre
A play as much about the nature of friendship as about the nature of art. When Serge purchases a white painting for a large amount of money, it upsets the balance of his friendship with Marc and Serge, as their differing opinions on the art draw out their differing opinions on each other. A funny, concise play for three.
Ivan
May 21, 2014 Ivan rated it liked it
A succint, minimalistic play featuring modern archetypes, just like the imaginary object of dispute, described within.
Nellie Airoldi
Nov 25, 2013 Nellie Airoldi rated it it was amazing
51 pagine divine che raccontano tre persone, tre piccoli mondi che si intrecciano e si perdono per ricostruire un'amicizia destinata a perdersi con lo scorrere del tempo. Un battibecco esilarante e incalzante che lascia con il fiato sospeso e immerge il lettore fino al midollo. Perché questi tre microcosmi, inesorabilmente, si collidono e si auto distruggono. Perché non è solo un quadro ma è l'eterno scontro tra moderno e contemporaneo che cresce e va a toccare tutte le sfumature dell'animo uman ...more
Steven
Jul 17, 2016 Steven rated it liked it
Shelves: plays, french, women
The fragility of friendships and the pomposity of art.
Venkat Narayanan
Sep 23, 2015 Venkat Narayanan rated it really liked it
Shelves: plays, funny
Hilarious!
Brian
Feb 17, 2016 Brian rated it really liked it
"Art" is a play that is about many things; however I don't believe that it is about art and artists. Rather those are the devices that playwright Yasmina Reza uses to develop her themes in this text. "Art" is a work about the subjective nature of human relationships, friendship in particular.
This three character play is a quick read, and a work that I think needs to be revisited a few times before one can really sink their teeth into it. The power of this play is to be found in the myriad of way
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Kelby
Jul 29, 2014 Kelby rated it liked it
Serge buys an entirely white painting (with some lines in a different shade of white) for 20,000 francs. His friend Marc think the painting is rubbish. Their mutual friend Ivan is the eternal fence-sitter, agreeing with both Serge and Marc.

A pretty simple premise but this show ran for six years in the West End. The secret to its success was its minimalism. Serge, Marc and Ivan are all recognisable types of friend; we see the dynamics of our own friendships reflected in them. It's a little bit ab
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Shane Hurst
May 17, 2016 Shane Hurst rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this play and the questions it asks. I also like that it doesn't offer easy (if any) answers, and even trying to talk about its themes feels elusive. Art seems ultimately to be an attempt to articulate those thoughts and feelings we have when we respond to a work of art (positively, negatively, or even apathetically). In counterpoint to this is the unraveling of the relationship(s) between three friends, once again highlighted by the characters saying things that usually remain unspoken. ...more
Jonah Levine
Jan 21, 2015 Jonah Levine rated it liked it
Shelves: plays
This quick play by Yasmina Reza is not my favorite work from this playwright. It doesn't provide the depth and analysis of the issue it claims to discuss as her more famous "God of Carnage." Part of this, I think, is the language barrier. From the phrasing of some of the lines and from the potential I know this author possesses, it was obvious that a lot was lost in the translation from French to English. But I feel the main problem the play had was that it didn't raise the stakes enough to real ...more
Merilee
Mar 28, 2010 Merilee rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Three long-time friends getting their knickers into various twists over one of their number's purchases of a white on white painting for 200,000 francs. The existential angst which ensues is brilliantly and wittily enacted in Serge's living room. This is Sarte meeets Feydeau. I read this 80-page play en francais, and will see it performed in English on Tuesday in Toronto.
Judine
Jul 23, 2008 Judine rated it really liked it
Shelves: drama
I found this to be a quick, delightful read. The banter between the three men seemed natural and well-paced. I also thought the breaking of the fourth wall was handled very smoothly and effectively. That said, most of the swearing was superfluous, and that really put me off.
Kamyar
Mar 29, 2007 Kamyar rated it did not like it
ART starts as a Becketian absurd dialogue, but can not go farther than a silly imitation. Highly acclaimed and widely read, ART shows how a popularized version of a great tradition can deceive too many people who love to be labeled as intellectuals.
Emily Gail
Jan 06, 2015 Emily Gail rated it it was amazing
I did not see this play performed, but reading it was enjoyable. I read it in French, so the pleasure that comes with reading in a language in which one is not quite fluent may have affected my enjoyment of the play. However even if I had read it in English, I would have enjoyed this short snapshot into the lives of interesting characters. I particularly enjoyed the plot of this play, since it pokes a bit of fun at the ridiculous prices that are often charged for modern art. Often, modern art is ...more
Mostafa Valipour
Nov 29, 2012 Mostafa Valipour rated it it was amazing
Shelves: plays
بی نظیر بود...مثل بقیۀ کارای نویسنده.
Shahine Ardeshir
Aug 07, 2016 Shahine Ardeshir rated it it was amazing
True genius often lies in the ability to express extremely important, seemingly-complicated concepts in extremely simple, accessible terms. That is exactly what this play does.

In a few short acts, with only three characters, Reza paints portraits that are so human, so hard hitting and instinctively understandable that she needs very little else in terms of props or story. And the insights she's able to generate for the reader are again so powerful and yet so simple.

Sheer genius. I would strongly
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Kelly
Oct 30, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decidedly French.
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Yasmina Reza began work as an actress, appearing in several new plays as well as in plays by Molière and Marivaux. In 1987 she wrote Conversations after a Burial, which won the Molière Award for Best Author. Following this, she translated Kafka's Metamorphosis for Roman Polanski and was nominated for a Molière Award for Best Translation. Her second play, Winter Crossing, won the 1990 Molière for B ...more
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“Yvan's a very tolerant bloke, which of course, when it comes to relationships, is the worst thing you can be.
Yvan's very tolerant because he couldn't care less.”
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“Sarà per via dell'Antrios, sarà stato l'acquisto dell'Antrios?... No... Il male viene da molto più lontano... Viene dal giorno in cui hai usato, senza un briciolo di ironia, il termine decostruzione, riferendoti a un oggetto d'arte. E non è stato il termine decostruzione a irritarmi, ma la gravità con cui l'hai pronunciato. Lo hai detto, amico mio, con solennità, con convinzione, senza la minima ironia: decostruzione.” 0 likes
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