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Lives of the artists

Author: Calvin Tomkins
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In Lives of the Artists ten major artists are captured in Tomkins's cool and ironic style to record the new directions art is taking during these days of limitless freedom. As formal technique and rigorous training continue to fall away, art has become an approach to living. As the author says, "the lives of contemporary artists are today so integral to what they make that the two cannot be considered in isolation."  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Biographies
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Calvin Tomkins
ISBN: 9780805088724 0805088725
OCLC Number: 214934890
Notes: "A John Macrae book."
Includes index.
Description: xiv, 254 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Preface --
Damien Hirst --
Cindy Sherman --
Julian Schnabel --
Richard Serra --James Turrell --
Matthew Barney --
Maurizio Cattelan --
Jasper Johns --
Jeff Koons --
John Currin --
Acknoweldgments --
Index.
Responsibility: Calvin Tomkins.
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In Lives of the Artists ten major artists are captured in Tomkins's cool and ironic style to record the new directions art is taking during these days of limitless freedom. As formal technique and rigorous training continue to fall away, art has become an approach to living. As the author says, "the lives of contemporary artists are today so integral to what they make that the two cannot be considered in isolation." Among the artists profiled are Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst, the reigning heirs of deliberately outrageous art that feeds off the allegedly corrupting influences of capitalist glut and entertainment; Matthew Barney of the pregenital obsessions; Cindy Sherman, who manages multiple transformations as she disappears into her own work; and Julian Schnabel, who has forged a second career as award-winning film director. Tomkins shows that the making of art remains among the most demanding jobs on earth.--From publisher description.

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