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De Kooning's Bicycle: Artists and Writers in the Hamptons

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  59 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Some of the twentieth century's most important artists and writers--from Jackson Pollock to Saul Steinberg, Frank O'Hara to Jean Stafford--lived and worked on the East End of Long Island years before it assumed an alternate identity as the Hamptons. The home they made there, and its effect on their work, is the subject of these searching, lyrical vignettes by the critic an ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 16th 2005 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Jen
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book! Need more books like this. Beautiful prose. Made for art aficionados.
Rustin Larson
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am on my fifth reading of this book. I can't get enough of it like I can't get enough of Vonnegut's Bluebeard. The locale is the same between the two, and the two books inform each other in a strange way, in my mind at least, like cross-pollinating plants.
Molly
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I listened to the audiobook version of this one while I tooled around in my car running errands & such here in Alaska. While it's very green here in the summertime and, hopefully, very sunny, there's not much beachy-ness to be had so this book felt like a summer vacation, what with all the talk of the Hamptons & the light & the sand & the ocean & all the picturesque scenery, way back before the area was "The Hamptons" packed full of filthy rich Paltrows & Diddys. I liked ...more
Marcia
Mar 08, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: art lovers
I was fascinated with the history and description of the Hamptons. I am interested in many of the people mentioned but became very frustrated with the author's style. His descriptive language seemed very affected and he acted as though he knew the thoughts of the people he discussed. He also had the habit of calling everyone "he" or "she" and I often listened for a long time before I could figure out who the subject of the chapter was. Did all of these folks actually drink continually? I know th ...more
Artguy
Feb 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: art, non-fiction
I'm not invested in knowing about the Hamptons, but I did want to learn a bit more about De Kooning and Jackson Pollack. And I did. Plus a little more. Nothing Earth-shattering, but I did feel is helped broaden my understanding of two of America's most significant artists.
Mejix
Dec 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
It's hard to believe that you could make an awful book of a rich fascinating subject but this guy did it, this a real stinker of a book.
Aran
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Strangely written but interesting stuff.
Arty
May 06, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: rich white guys who like art
boring bullshit
Leeleewells
pretty much...
Richard Rowland
Well written. The Hamptons back in the day.
Mike Murray
Jan 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting book for someone familiar with the Springs/East Hamptons area and the artists that lived and worked there. Gives me a reason to look up their work and study up on them.
Joyce
Dec 28, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: artists or those interested in NY art scene of the 50's-70's and Long Island
Intrigued by the intertwining history of long island, art and personal lives and relationships of the artists
Josh Peters
Dec 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
Now I want to read more about Pollock and the De Koonings.
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