The Grove Book Of Art Writing: Brilliant Words on Art from Pliny the Elder to Damien Hirst by Martin GayfordThe Grove Book Of Art Writing: Brilliant Words on Art from Pliny the Elder to Damien Hirst by Martin Gayford

The Grove Book Of Art Writing: Brilliant Words on Art from Pliny the Elder to Damien Hirst

EditorMartin Gayford, Karen Wright

Paperback | August 31, 2000

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Discussing the visual arts successfully in words is often held to be an impossible task. In fact it is merely difficult. And since the days of the ancient Greeks, many writers of all kinds have taken up the challenge - not only art critics but novelists, poets, gossips, artists, and essayists. In The Grove Book of Art Writing, Martin Gayford and Karen Wright have collected the best and most lively attempts to pin it down, in a single-volume cornucopia of writing on art. From Vasari and Freud on why Mona Lisa smiles, to Adolf Hitler on the degeneracy of modernism, to Picasso on how to measure the depiction of the female body, art historians, art critics, artists, as well as the aforementioned weigh in on what makes art so wonderful, frustrating, what makes it art. From the deadly serious to the deeply witty, from the sublime to the ridiculous, The Grove Book of Art Writing is an eloquent compendium of insight into the diverse ways the visual arts can be seen and thought about.
Martin Gayford, a co-editor of The Grove Book of Art Writing, is the art critic for London’s Spectator and contributes regularly to the Daily Telegraph, Modern Painters, and Harpers & Queen. He lives in Cambridge, England.
Title:The Grove Book Of Art Writing: Brilliant Words on Art from Pliny the Elder to Damien HirstFormat:PaperbackDimensions:640 pages, 8.72 × 6.18 × 1.39 inPublished:August 31, 2000Publisher:Grove/AtlanticLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0802137202

ISBN - 13:9780802137203

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Our culture has a fascination with Hollywood. In The Grove Book of Art Writing, readers can enjoy a series of personal recollections that outline how Hollywood went from a small town to a glamorous city. It includes John Huston’s account of a drunken fistfight with Errol Flynn; Cecil B. DeMille examining the challenges of filming The Ten Commandments; and Joan Didion commenting on Hollywood’s attitudes about national politics. This book is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the mystique of Hollywood.