Black History Month has arrived once again, right on schedule.
Janet Malcolm died last year, and her passing was profiled in over 40,000 obituaries online. She left behind a huge entourage of fans who had spent decades immersed in her literary nonfiction.
“‘I was born to be a rocker chick, forever in blue jeans.’”
“Perhaps more than a collection of critical essays, Art is Life is a love story. . . .
“Like a series of Russian nesting dolls, this book is about a specific painter within a specific culture within the history of how that culture has been seen and described through the centu
“a rich resource . . . a brilliant and much-needed book.”
Two of the most famous 20th century artistic salons were the Bloomsbury Group in London, a literary community centered on Virginia Woolf, and Gertrude and Leo Stein’s salon, which brought together
“provides a valuable view of an important artist who deserves to be better known.”
“This book is for art lovers, and lovers of beauty and truth who value the human spirit that will not be denied by the destructive forces that humans have created.
“The King’s Painter is an outstanding publication that requires and repays a very close and careful reading.”
“a workmanlike portrait of Chekhov, useful for the general reader curious to learn more about this master of Russian literature . . .”
This is an unusual book because, in almost every way, it is a sequel to a documentary film. Without that film, there’d be no book.
In this quick and light read, Petitjean is simple and straight forward in his thesis.
“. . . essential for anyone wanting to know who Magritte was, as a person, a painter, and a thinker.”
“Unfortunately, this isn’t the accurate biography it purports to be.”
“Isn’t the final goal of surrealism, after all, to transform the world?”
For 50 years he was known around the world as master of suspense, from his 1928 silent The Lodger to 1972’s Frenzy, Alfred Hitchcock continued to mesmerize audiences.
“There is more to say about war than it is just bad.”
“As impressive for empathetic portraits of individual women as its ambitious scope, The Barbizon should be an essential text on the topic of women’s studies.”
”Many will judge that, despite all the emotional chaos, William Feaver has cornered a lion, and that Lucian Freud has earned his place in the pantheon of great post-war realist painters.
“an engrossing portrait of the artist, his art, and his incorrigible personality.”
“’Being an opera singer was fun, but the people on Bank Street, caring for and about each other, taught me what it means to be human.’”
“The little boy who dreamed of painting like Norman Rockwell ended up with his own art on the cover of The New Yorker. What could be more magical than that?
Incontrovertibly Philip Gefter did his homework when it came to writing about the lives, both professional and personal, of Richard Avedon.
In 1975 photographer James Klosty published the first ever book on the American choreographer Merce Cunningham, republished in 1986 and now in commemoration of Cunningham’s 100th birthday, Klosty h