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Conversations With Artists

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Making no prejudgments, taking no position, but faithfully reporting what he was told, [Selden Rodman] has written a book about an American art "colony" that is all things to all men: vigorous, dedicated, and intelligent; chatty and at times catty, but always loaded with ideas; generous, ungenerous, and seeking always an aspect of the truth.

Includes interviews with Frank
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Paperback, 232 pages
Published January 28th 2000 by Perigee (first published January 1st 1957)
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Troy
Dec 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've never heard of Selden Rodman, but he knew everyone in the 1950s art world, and he interviewed everyone in the 1950s art world. Even better, he's smart, perceptive, well-read, and deviously gossipy. This is the art world version of US magazine, but with the intellectual rigor of October magazine . The artists are all perceptive and insightful, but what is surprising is that the more well-known artists also tend to be the most interesting.

This book was written in 1957, right in the middle
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Larry
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant insight into the minds of some great midcentury artists...a must-read for anyone interested in American art
Lisa
Mar 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
I released this one back into the wild. It reminded me of being at a party talking to a drunk famous person—you really want to excuse yourself, but at the same time you don't want to miss anything good. Rodman has a bit in his introduction where he talks about how writers have gotten forums to talk about their work since the Second World War, but artists as yet haven't... well, I came of age at a time when artists had plenty of opportunity to discuss their craft and motivations, so maybe I'm not ...more
Reese Forbes
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
"you paint not what you see, but what you are" says Joseph Glasco.
Many good tidbits on why they do art as they do from 35 well know names in the art world prior to 1961 when this was published - A. Wyeth, F.L. Wright. Pollock, deKooning, Calder, Hopper et al.
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