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Portraits: Talking with Artists at the Met, the Modern, the Louvre and Elsewhere (Modern Library Paperbacks)

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The chief art critic for "The New York Times" gives a painter's-, sculptor's-, and photographer's-eye view of art as he explores museums with some of today's most important artists. Photos throughout.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 19th 1999 by Modern Library (first published 1998)
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Jesi Brubaker
Mar 18, 2011 Jesi Brubaker rated it really liked it
Lovely book! I am seriously jealous of painters/artists. I'm jealous because they get to go to a building and look and learn. As a writer/poet I have no such place.
Here's what I wrote in my blog:

And while reading, I realized that as a poet, I'm lacking in my poetry education. I came to this realization while reading about how these artists go to art museums to view, and learn from the Masters. These Masters are mostly painters. And I found myself being jealous that these artists could just go
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Edith
Apr 17, 2008 Edith rated it really liked it
I gave up with Dead Boys (I have like 20 pages left but it bored me) and skipped to this.

I think they should force art history majors to read this or something like it in school. The author takes artists to the Met or other large msuems and they "shoot the shit"

I mean, actually reading what ARTISTS have to say about what they think is good art. It's very hard for to to say if someone who "doesn't know dick" about art would enjoy it - surely it is full of references , but the book is filled with
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Liz
Jul 02, 2008 Liz rated it liked it
Recommends it for: folks who like contemporary art
Shelves: art
You're going back to the library, mister! I really loved Kimmelman's book _The Accidental Masterpiece_, but the essays in _Portraits_(brief interviews/sketches with various contemporary artists) are generally less substantive and less intriguing. If you're not so familiar with folks like Cindy Sherman and Chuck Close, this might be a good introduction.
Andy
Jan 25, 2008 Andy rated it it was amazing
It's a great concept, talking to artists (rather than critics, or dealers), about art. It's surprising it hasn't been done more often. With loads of useful illustrations (too bad they're in black and white, but if they were in color the thing would cost fifty bucks).
Claire
May 30, 2007 Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Roger
Dec 28, 2011 Roger rated it it was amazing
Kimmelman writes so beautifully. I'm a big fan.
Lou
Jan 25, 2008 Lou rated it liked it
Shelves: art-writing
not as interesting as i thought it would be.
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