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Visions of the Modern
     

Visions of the Modern

by John Golding
 

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John Golding brings to his writing the sure eye and profound sensitivity of a practicing artist. Perhaps best known for his seminal history of Cubism, Golding has long been regarded as one of the most outstanding art historians and critics of our time. This volume brings together many of his most important essays, and its publication will be celebrated not only by

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John Golding brings to his writing the sure eye and profound sensitivity of a practicing artist. Perhaps best known for his seminal history of Cubism, Golding has long been regarded as one of the most outstanding art historians and critics of our time. This volume brings together many of his most important essays, and its publication will be celebrated not only by his admirers, but by lovers of art and language everywhere. Visions of The Modern covers a vast range of twentieth-century art, from Matisse and Cubism, Dada and Surrealism, to aspects of postwar American art. Some essays have been out of print, while others have appeared in periodicals not easily accessible to the average reader. Taken together, they establish a sustained, deeply informed account of many of the grandest moments in the art of this century. A much admired painter, Golding's unique balance of eye and mind infuses his exceedingly literate criticism. Combining a meticulousness in matters of fact with a capacity to write in a lucid, jargon-free manner, he addresses equally the sophisticated art historian, the cultural historian, and the general reader. An appix to the volume is in the form of a dialogue between Golding and the philosopher Richard Wollheim. It provides additional insights into the origins and aims of abstract art, as well as revealing the mind of an invigorating artist at work.

Author Biography: John Golding is a painter and renowned art historian who has written widely on twentieth-century art. He taught for many years at the Courtauld Institute in London and the Royal College of Art. His own work is in major museums and private collections in Europe and North America.

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Library Journal
Renowned British painter, critic, and art historian Golding has written various substantive books on Cubism, Fauvism, and key pioneer modernists (e.g., Cubism: A History and Analysis, Harvard Univ. Pr., 1988. 3d ed.). Here he compiles 17 essays, spanning three decades, that evaluate modern art according to the activities of groundbreaking movements and figures. Golding's critical evaluation process has been much emulated; for example, his commentary on Apollinaire, Matisse, and Picasso, among others, has become an accepted part of contemporary art historical thought. Consequently, these writings will be of great interest to specialists in the field. Also of interest is the dialog between the author and philosopher Richard Wollheim on the nature of abstract art, which is reproduced in the appendix. These essays are particularly thought-provoking in their survey of the circumstances that birthed modern art. Recommended for academic and specialized art collections.-Paula A. Baxter, NYPL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520087927
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/31/1995
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 4.92(h) x 0.41(d)

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John Golding is a painter and renowned art historian who has written widely on twentieth-century art. He taught for many years at the Courtauld
Institute in London and the Royal College of Art. His own work is in major museums and private collections in Europe and North America.

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