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The art of looking : how to read modern and contemporary art

Author: Lance Esplund
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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A hand-signed porcelain urinal. An abstract drip painting. A silent 700 hour performance. Art has changed since the days of Giotto, Michelangelo, and even Picasso--and many of us are perplexed. Do modern and contemporary artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Jackson Pollock, and Marina Abramovic represent civilization's highest achievements? Or is something else afoot? In The Art of Looking, art critic Lance Esplund
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Esplund, Lance.
Art of looking.
New York : Basic Books, 2018
(DLC) 2018028114
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lance Esplund
ISBN: 9780465094660 046509466X
OCLC Number: 1023491745
Description: viii, 277 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Section I: Fundamentals. Encountering art --
The living organism --
Hearts and minds --
Artists as storytellers --
Art is a lie --
Section II: Close encounters. Awakening: Balthus--The cat with a mirror I --
Sensing: Joan Mitchell--Two sunflowers --
Growing: Jean Arp--Growth --
Igniting: James Turrell--Perfectly clear --
Evolving: Paul Klee--Signs in yellow --
Interacting: Marina Abramović--The generator --
Journeying: Richard Serra--torqued spirals and ellipses at Dia:Beacon --
Goading: Robert Gober--Untitled leg --
Alchemizing: Richard Tuttle--White Balloon with blue light --
Submerging: Jeremy Blake--The Winchester trilogy --
Looking further.
Other Titles: How to read modern and contemporary art
Responsibility: Lance Esplund.

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