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Making It New: Collected Essays and Writings of Henry Geldzahler
     

Making It New: Collected Essays and Writings of Henry Geldzahler

by Henry Geldzahler, David Hockney (Foreword by)
 

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Geldzahler was the Metropolitan Museum of Art's curator of contemporary arts from 1966 to 1977, then served as New York City Commissioner of Cultural Affairs until 1982, and is currently curator of the DIA Center for the Arts in Bridgehampton, N.Y. He has spent his career attempting to bring new art to the public, and this mission is obvious in the 36 articles, interviews and lectures collected here. Written during the past 30 years, they present Geldzahler's thoughts on the work of Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Rauschenberg, and many others and demonstrate his excitement for each new style as it came along, from Pop and Happenings in the '60s to the most offbeat art of the '90s. Even if one disagrees with his assessments of such artists as Francesco Clemente, Keith Haring or Jean-Michel Basquiat, one has to appreciate a critic who, in response to an exhibition of glass works by Dale Chihuly, can state: ``. . . as if color itself were floating in the air. It is an elevating experience. It makes you walk a bit lighter for the rest of the day.'' (May)
Library Journal
Longtime curator of 20th-century art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the earliest and most vital champion of pop art, and friend and adviser to the majority of Sixties and Seventies art-world geniuses, Geldzahler is one of this country's most enduring art experts. Arguably, the veneration now accorded the artists examined here (Warhol, Rauschenberg, Kelly, de Kooning, Hockney, Bourgeois, Lichtenstein, Neel, and Basquiat) is largely due to his early cognizance and intuition. Culled from the past 30 years, these essays and interviews construct an accessible and astute summation of art in the second half of this century. This is not objective, aesthetic scholarship but a first-person account from the man who was there. Geldzahler's expertise is eclipsed only by his enthusiasm. Though some of the observations are repeated in more than one essay, and the book lacks the cohesive thesis that its title suggests, the writing is so shrewd and ardent as to render this historical and theoretical time capsule indispensable. Highly recommended.-Doug McClemont, New York
Donna Seaman
Geldzahler, an ebullient man given to bow ties and extravagant shirts, is a veritable captain of culture. He was the first curator for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's twentieth-century art department, a position he resigned to become Mayor Koch's cultural affairs commissioner. Confident and blessed with a strong sense of history and art's continuity and value, Geldzahler stimulated interest in and appreciation of a host of pioneering artists, from Andy Warhol to Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, and George Segal. Not only does Geldzahler have a keen eye for art, but he also has the heart for it, responding with unfailing receptivity and profound pleasure. And he can even write about it with clarity, enthusiasm, and generosity. Three decades' worth of his scintillating and revealing essays, memoirs, and interviews are collected here, each a fine example of his crisp prose and energetic response to a wide spectrum of modern art. The roster of artists he discusses or speaks with includes David Hockney, Sandro Chia, Alice Neel, Isamu Noguchi, Keith Haring, and Louise Bourgeois.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780962798764
Publisher:
Turtle Point Press
Publication date:
03/28/1994
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.84(h) x 1.18(d)

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