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The Suspension of Time: Reflections on Simon Dinnerstein and The Fulbright Triptych

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The Suspension of Time is a collection of essays on Dinnerstein’s masterpiece, The Fulbright Triptych. It includes writing by an extraordinarily diverse range of contributors, from the Pulitzer-Prize-winning novelist Jhumpa Lahiri to acclaimed poet Dan Beachy-Quick, and from art historians such as Colin Eisler, Albert Boime, and Thomas M. Messer to composer George Crumb and actor John Turturro. Each essay in The Suspension of Time offers its unique perspective, but taken as a whole they develop a dialogue of ...

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Overview

The Suspension of Time is a collection of essays on Dinnerstein’s masterpiece, The Fulbright Triptych. It includes writing by an extraordinarily diverse range of contributors, from the Pulitzer-Prize-winning novelist Jhumpa Lahiri to acclaimed poet Dan Beachy-Quick, and from art historians such as Colin Eisler, Albert Boime, and Thomas M. Messer to composer George Crumb and actor John Turturro. Each essay in The Suspension of Time offers its unique perspective, but taken as a whole they develop a dialogue of collaboration that directly reflects The Fulbright Triptych’s inherent message of symphonic connectivity, and demonstrate the rich potential for collaboration between visual, literary, musical, and other arts.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Simon Dinnerstein's Fulbright Triptych is one of those singular and astonishing works of art which seem to imply a description of the whole world merely by insisting on a scrupulous gaze at one perfect instant. It functions as a time capsule and a mirror for its viewers' souls, and so, despite personal and historical referential elements, has become permanently contemporary and universal. No surprise that it has now served as a point of instigation for a cycle of astonishing written responses; this book is like tuning the painting in like a radio, to a station where these responses were always already playing."
Jonathan Lethem

"In The Suspension of Time, Dinnerstein continues the life of "A". Being an artist, yet also recognizing oneself as the protagonist in an artist's project, must evoke curious and complex feelings - not unlike seeing oneself turn or being turned into a character in a novel."
J.M. Coetzee

Library Journal
In this collection of 44 essays on a single work by contemporary painter Simon Dinnerstein, Slager (publisher, Milkweed Editions) presents a diverse group of writers, many of whom are not art historians. A New York-based artist, Dinnerstein paints in a mystical-realist style and incorporates many art history references to northern European artists, among others. Originating from conversations between the artist and Slager, who are friends, the book expanded to contain 37 newly commissioned essays and seven that are reprinted. The points of view are varied, as are the approaches to the technique, iconography, and meaning of this very large painting. Because many of the writers come from outside the art history tent, their observations can at times be naive or fresh, superficial or thoughtful. There is no particular attempt at a synthesis, although there are many examples of methodology. The book includes comments on a dozen other paintings by Dinnerstein and his 1986 statement "On Looking at His Own Art." VERDICT Despite the inclusiveness of the contributors, this book is best suited for advanced art history collections.—Jack Perry Brown, Art Inst. of Chicago Libs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571313263
  • Publisher: Milkweed Editions
  • Publication date: 6/14/2011
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Posted May 6, 2011

    A superb book

    This is a superb book consisting of some 40 essays, poems and critiques of a major triptych by Simon Dinnerstein, begun when the artist was 27. Some writers take up the paintings' complex iconography. Others contribute personal reflections about the artist and his work.
    Independent and eclectic on both the personal and artistic levels, an America story emerges in a myriad of ways through the various authors. It is a compelling narrative told from multiple stations points. The fascination "The Fulbright Triptych" continues to exert nearly 40 years after its creation is everywhere apparent in these essays.

    -Francis Cunningham, NA

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