The Sight of Death: An Experiment in Art Writing

April 15, 2008|
The Sight of Death: An Experiment in Art Writing by T. J. Clark
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A renowned art historian confronts the specific powers of painting, and the hold of the visual image on the viewer's imagination

Why do we find ourselves returning to certain pictures time and again? What is it we are looking for? How does our understanding of an image change over time? In his latest book T. J. Clark addresses these questions—and many more—in ways that steer art writing into new territory.

In early 2000 two extraordinary paintings by Poussin hung in the Getty Museum in a single room, Landscape with a Man Killed by a Snake (National Gallery, London) and the Getty's own Landscape with a Calm. Clark found himself returning to the gallery to look at these paintings morning after morning, and almost involuntarily he began to record his shifting responses in a notebook. The result is a riveting analysis of the two landscapes and their different views of life and death, but more, a chronicle of an investigation into the very nature of visual complexity. Clark’s meditations—sometimes directly personal, sometimes speaking to the wider politics of our present image-world—track the experience of viewing art through all its real-life twists and turns.
T. J. Clark is George C. and Helen N. Pardee Chair at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of several books including the highly influential volume, The Painting of Modern Life: Paris in the Art of Manet and his Followers.
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Title:The Sight of Death: An Experiment in Art Writing
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:272 pages, 150 X 210 X 0.68 in
Shipping dimensions:272 pages, 150 X 210 X 0.68 in
Published:April 15, 2008
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300137583

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