Selected Essays of John Berger - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780375713187
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Published: Vintage - March 11th, 2003

However beautiful the later collections Portraits and Landscapes are, John Berger’s Selected Essays is still the quintessential Berger collection (brilliantly selected by the wonderful Geoff Dyer). All in one place are some of my very favorite essays period (not art history or political essays, just killer essays—great examples of short non-fiction meditations on various topics). “The Moment of Cubism” is a vital introduction to modern art and Modernism generally and contextualizes it in the experience of modern life. “The Suit and the Photograph” is a laser-pointed political analysis of fashion, photography, and class – “the suit is a symbol of sedentary power.” “Why Look at Animals?” is a brilliant analysis our relationship to animals and how it has been transformed by modernity—zoos emerge when modern capitalism changes our own lives and denigrates the animal with which we once lived into a spectacle. And that’s only three of them. Brilliant. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood

Smoke by John Berger - Book Review

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By John Berger, Selcuk Demirel (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781910749470
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Published: Notting Hill Editions - May 8th, 2018

This posthumous book of the great Berger follows the format of the previous Cataract with lovely entrancing images by Selҫuk Demirel. A slight but enjoyable meditation on smoking--beautifully written, and wistfully meditating on both the social space it once had—a moment of friendly conversation, and the persistence of pollution from cars and factories that goes unchecked. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood

The Lost Words by Robert MacFarlane - Book Review

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By Robert MacFarlane, Jackie Morris (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781487005382
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Published: Anansi International - October 2nd, 2018

Macfarlane and Morris have created a treasure, something so precious that we need to hand this on to future generations with great care, but also great urgency. We are losing our wild places, our wildlife, and now the words that even name them. When Macfarlane discovered that the Oxford junior dictionary intended to leave out some nature words and replace them with tech words, he set out to reintroduce them via his poems, so that words like acorn, dandelion and kingfisher could remain alive in our vocabulary. Brought to life by the most beautiful illustrations, a wild world that only Jackie Morris can evoke, this is a spell book for modern life. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty

The Eye: An Insider's Memoir of Masterpieces, Money, and the Magnetism of Art by Philippe Costamagna - Book Review

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By Philippe Costamagna, Frank Wynne (Translator)
ISBN: 9781939931580
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Published: New Vessel Press - August 14th, 2018

Part memoir, part essay and wholly Art History (specifically about being an "Eye". Considered an anathema by by some within the discipline of Art History there is a rarer breed of specialist called "Eyes". People who have attained all the necessary knowledge but also possess a rarer talent of Discernment; being able to verify (often at glance ) authenticity of art works. This book is a memoir of masterpieces, forgeries, money and the mystery of what makes art; Art. This book is passionate and marvelous. This book is for anyone who loved The Hare with Amber Eyes, The Rape of Europa or The Monuments Men. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan

Escape Artist: Memoir of a Visionary Artist on Death Row by William A. Noguera - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781609807979
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Published: Seven Stories Press - January 16th, 2018

While defending his violent life before and during his imprisonment, Noguera glorifies his creation of art. The acclaim his paintings have received justifies his artistic identity, and provides tangible proof that genuine creativity cannot be barred. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare

Andy Goldsworthy: Projects by Andy Goldsworthy - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781419722226
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 19th, 2017

The heft alone of this book is a testament to the elemental nature of this world-famous artist's large-scale sculptural work. According to Goldsworthy, "Each work grows, stays, decays – integral parts of a cycle which the photograph shows at its heights, marking the moment when the work is most alive. Process and decay are implicit." If you appreciate the forces of/in nature – or don't have the chance to – this book offers that inspirational gift. ~ Reviewed by Heather Bellanca


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