About Modern Art

About Modern Art David Sylvester here muses on key artists of the twentieth century and their nineteenth century forebears In the process he offers profound insights into their practice of art Focusing on the spectat

  • Title: About Modern Art
  • Author: David Sylvester
  • ISBN: 9780300092028
  • Page: 488
  • Format: Paperback
  • David Sylvester here muses on key artists of the twentieth century and their nineteenth century forebears In the process, he offers profound insights into their practice of art Focusing on the spectator s instinctive emotional and physical response to paintings by such artists as Picasso, Matisse, de Kooning, Newman, and Warhol, Sylvester brings an inspiring sense of theDavid Sylvester here muses on key artists of the twentieth century and their nineteenth century forebears In the process, he offers profound insights into their practice of art Focusing on the spectator s instinctive emotional and physical response to paintings by such artists as Picasso, Matisse, de Kooning, Newman, and Warhol, Sylvester brings an inspiring sense of the relevance and importance of art to life Added to this updated edition are essays on Pollock, Twombly, and Serra, among others.

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    About Author

    1. 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 thrown out of the family home He wrote for the paper Tribune and went to Paris in 1947 where he met Alberto Giacometti one of the strongest influences on him Though writing for a range of publications as a critic including The Observer and New Statesman the main thrust of his writing that direct response to the artwork was most important remained constant Sylvester is credited with coining the term kitchen sink originally to describe a strand of post war British painting typified by John Bratby Sylvester used the phrase negatively but it was widely applied to other art forms including literature and theatre During the 1950s Sylvester worked with Henry Moore, Freud and Bacon but also supported Richard Hamilton and the other Young Turks of British pop art This led him to become a prominent media figure in the 1960s During the 1960s and 70s Sylvester occupied a number of roles at the Arts Council of Great Britain serving on advisory panels and on the main panel In 1969 he curated a Renoir exhibition at the Hayward Gallery for which he was assisted by a young Nicholas Serota.

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    1. 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 tha [...]


    2. 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.


    3. 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 image [...]



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