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True Colors: Adventures in the Art World

True Colors: Adventures in the Art World

by Anthony Haden-Guest
     
 
True Colors covers the past three decades of the American art scene, a period during which the prevailing artistic fashion has shifted as often as the focus of the Whitney Biennial, when art and money, talent and celebrity, have often been confused. During this period, figures such as Julian Schnabel, Jeff Koons, and Keith Haring have crossed over from the

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True Colors covers the past three decades of the American art scene, a period during which the prevailing artistic fashion has shifted as often as the focus of the Whitney Biennial, when art and money, talent and celebrity, have often been confused. During this period, figures such as Julian Schnabel, Jeff Koons, and Keith Haring have crossed over from the rarefied world of high art into popular culture, and art dealers, like Hollywood power agents, have often claimed as much attention as those they represented. Anthony Haden-Guest has moved within this world, known as the players, and delivers here an authoritative and deliciously inside account.

Focusing on the lives and personalities of the art world's main players, and with a sure critical component, Haden-Guest gives us vivid portraits of the period's key artists as they strive to fulfill their ambitions. He does justice as well to the machinations of those who have come to control the larger drama -- the dealers, collectors, and museum curators. Filled with incredible anecdotes, dramatically told stories, and subtle critical assessments, True Colors tells the story of the art world that we have never heard before.

Editorial Reviews

Art in America
Avid and unshockable.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Haden-Guest's gossipy and witty tour of the contemporary art scene, focusing on New York City with forays to California, Paris and elsewhere, probes a fickle art market where trends, connections, galleries and critics make or break reputations. It opens in the late 1960s, as conceptualists, performance artists and surrealists rebel against minimalism; moves through a flurry of movements from neo-expressionism to earthworks and graffiti art; and closes with a report on the 1993 Venice Biennale and a skeptical look at 1990s' developments, including confessional and victim art, ecological, computer and technological art. In a torrent of conversations, interviews, anecdotes, capsule bios and critical asides, Haden-Guest (Bad Dreams), an art and cultural critic who writes for the New Yorker and Vanity Fair, profiles dozens of well-known artists such as Cindy Sherman, Keith Haring, Julian Schnabel, Malcolm Morley, Donald Judd, James Turrell, Jeff Koons and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His engaging insider's account will appeal most to those already familiar with this scene.
Library Journal
The 'real life' of the subtitle refers to the artists of the past 25 years: their ambitions, habits, and relationships with dealers, critics, and collectors, and, sometimes, their art. Like Calvin Tomkin's Off the Wall: Robert Rauchenberg and the Art World of Our Time), this chronicle of the New York art world is more anecdotal than art historical and is written with a keen detachment. An art and cultural critic for The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, Haden-Guest has honed his talent for gossip and amusement in Bad Dreams and The Paradise Program. At a time when artist-movies like 'Basquiat' and 'I Shot Andy Warhol' are making the rounds, this should do well in public libraries, but it is recommended only to art libraries for the sake of inclusiveness. -- Heidi Martin Winston, New York Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780871136602
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/21/1996
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.33(h) x 1.40(d)

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