“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
“Line after line and scene after scene delight the reader with its account of a world gone by but well worth the returning to, if only as a tourist.
“for anyone looking to understand Mike Nichols, his working methods, and impact on American culture, Life Isn’t Everything is a good place to start.”
Detective fiction author Dorothy L.
Paul Gauguin (1838–1903) is a compelling figure, both as an artist and man.
“Jerome Robbins, By Himself is an unfiltered look at a creative force of nature and an uncompromising artist who just happened to be one of the architects of a golden age of Americ
“a clear-eyed portrait of the realities of the arts scene of the era.
“Lucy Jones has earned a place of distinction among contemporary expressionist visionaries.”
“there was courage and conviction in his decision to eschew the title of abstraction that so many of his peers pursued in favor of a lifelong commitment to the tradition of representational
The publication of this book coincides with an exhibit of the work of Lina Bo Bardi at the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona, Spain.
The narrative world is rife with accounts of the relationship between gender, and the recognition and attribution (or not) of genius.