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IN THE LAND OF TEMPLE CAVES: From St. Emilion to Paris's St. Sulpice : Notes on Art and the Human Spirit
In September 2001, following moments when civilization seemed to have unraveled, Frederick Turner undertook a quest for confirmation that Art does matter, that it is the preeminent human expression of the Life Force; that it is as undeniably necessary as air. In the Land of Temple Caves goes back to the very beginning of Art to assess anew its meanings in the long human st ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 12th 2004 by Counterpoint
(first published April 2004)
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Wildly discursive but very readable. Some of Turner's contentions vis a vis Prehistoric Art are of course pure conjecture, but his moments in the actual caves are lyrical and pure. More troublesome, for me, was his circuitous path from Manhattan to elegant tables in France to Santa Fe and back again. Still, quite interesting.