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Magicians & charlatans

Jed Perl
"The Eakins Press Foundation is proud to announce the publication of Magicians & Charlatans, by the art critic Jed Perl. In this collection of 26 essays, Mr. Perl writes with great urgency about the art scene of the past decade. The poet John Ashbery has said that "For years Jed Perl has been covering the art world with tremendous empathy and unsparing accuracy. His ability to recognize the traditional forms of art behind their continual transmutation has made his an almost solitary, essential voice." The essays range from highly controversial critiques of the painter Gerhard Richter, the art dealer Leo Castelli, and the Museum of Modern Art, to appreciations of the art of Bernini and Chardin, and the writings of Edmund Wilson and Meyer Schapiro."--Publisher's description
Print Book, English, ©2012
Eakins Press Foundation, New York, ©2012
358 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
9780871300690, 0871300699
Our Dadaist : Robert Gober
Summer madness : Balthus and "Encounters" at the National Gallery in London
The variety show : Tony Oursler, Bill Viola, and contemporary art
Saint Gerhard of the sorrows of painting : Gerhard Richter
Firings : Noguchi, Ken Price, and ceramics
The beauty trap : notes on the return to beauty
MoMA, Inc. : the Museum of Modern Art since reopening in 2004
Peep shows for poets : Jeremy Blake and experimental cinema
Postcards from nowhere : new museums in Los Angeles and New York
Private lives : the recession and the art world
The opportunist : a life of Leo Castelli
Extreme sensibility : Christian Marclay's The clock
Ecstasy : reflections on Bernini
Ordinary magic : Chardin at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Lyricist and empiricist : Gustave Le Gray at the J. Paul Getty Museum
Philosophical furnishings : Thomas Hope and Jean-Michel Frank
Everyday symbolist : Vuillard at the National Gallery of Art
Apollo and Dionysus : Cézanne and Picasso
Spiritual matters : Rouault and Chagall
A defense of Dada : anti-art revisited
The writer's eye : Edmund Wilson and the visual arts
Maker and shaper : the life and literature of Lincoln Kirstein
From Alabama to Manhattan : remembering David Daniel
Half tame : Roger Shattuck from The banquet years to Forbidden knowledge
Varieties of artistic experience : Meyer Schapiro on medieval and modern art
Includes index