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Tomkins's collection of his firsthand observations of the art world as he reported them for The New Yorker includes a piece on the importance of corporate collecting and offers a look behind the scenes at the gallery of Leo Castelli.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 5th 1989 by Penguin Books
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Tomkins says at the beginning of the book that when he was hired to write his first art columns, the editor made clear that his job was reportage, not criticism. These essays are very good reportage of the art scene of the 1980s. They give you an insider's feel of what it was like when some of our now-famous artists were either not-yet-famous or just becoming so. I found it fascinating to "watch" as art movements got named and renamed with names we now take for granted. I especially liked his lo ...more
Calvin Tomkins has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1960. He wrote his first fiction piece for the magazine in 1958, and his first fact piece in 1962. His many Profile subjects have included Marcel Duchamp, John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg, Merce Cunningham, Buckminster Fuller, Philip Johnson, Julia Child, Georgia O’Keeffe, Leo Castelli, Frank Stella, Carmel Snow, Christo and Jeanne-Clau ...moreMore about Calvin Tomkins...