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About Modern Art: Critical Essays, 1948-1996

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This retrospective of a critic's lifetime in art explores the works of modern art's innovators-including Cézanne, Matisse, Duchamp, Picasso, and Pollock-with striking originality.
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published August 15th 1997 by Henry Holt and Co. (first published 1996)
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David Williamson
David Sylvester was a writer I was interested in rereading, due to my assumption of his approach to art criticism (ie a sycophant, traditionalist, journalist, etc) was still the same as my initial opinion. I wouldn’t say that I was surprised after reading this anthology of his work, but I did find some interesting passages.

Slyvester’s work can at times be uninteresting, with descriptions of works that may inform and delight art historians but little else, especially as this book comes without im
Darran Mclaughlin
I wanted to read a classic collection of modern art criticism and this is it. I wondered why I had heard of so few art critics compared to the number of well known and respected literary critics there are. I think reading this gives me an indication why. David Sylvester was one of the most respected and acclaimed art critics of the 20th Century and though I enjoyed this book I found it much less engaging and illuminating than the best literary criticism. The impression I got from reading this is ...more
Sylvester writes intelligently and plainly about often complex ideas of artists and their paintings. His take is subjective, but he has the distinction, experience, knowledge and passion to pull this off. For those of you who read a lot of art criticism/history, you will know this is a rare talent! He's in the same class as Robert Hughes for me. Maybe not as entertaining, but his critical eye is just as sharp. Essential reading if you're interested in any of the artists he covers in this book.
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Anthony David Bernard Sylvester CBE, (21 September 1924; London – 19 June 2001; London) was a British art critic and curator. During a long career David Sylvester was influential in promoting modern art in Britain, in particular the work of Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon.

Born into a well connected north-London Jewish family, Sylvester had trouble as a student at University College School and was t
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