About Modern Art: Critical Essays 1948-96

About Modern Art: Critical Essays 1948-96

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By (author) David Sylvester

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  • Publisher: PIMLICO
  • Format: Paperback | 544 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 230mm x 40mm | 662g
  • Publication date: 5 February 2002
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0712605630
  • ISBN 13: 9780712605632
  • Sales rank: 439,153

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About Modern Art is the long-awaited collection of David Sylvester's essays on twentieth-century artists. This is not dry, remote, academic criticism: it has an immediacy and passion which leave one with an inspiring sense of the relevance and importance of art to life.

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David Sylvester was born in 1924 in London and lived mainly there. His published books include Henry Moore (1968), Interviews with Francis Bacon (1975), Rene Magritte (1992), the five-volume catalogue raisonne of Magritte (1992-1-4-5), Looking at Giacometti (1994, also available in Pimlico) and Looking Back at Francis Bacon (2000). From 1951 he curated or co-curated numerous major exhibitions at museums in London, Paris, Venice, New York and Washington, including Dada and Surrealism Reviewed and one-man shows of Picasso, Laurens, Soutine, Miro, Magritte, Giacometti, de Kooning and Francis Bacon. His films include Matisse and his Model (1968) and Magritte: the False Mirror (1969). He was awarded C.B.E. in 1983, and was a Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, an Honourary Fellow of the Royal Academy and a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art. In 1993 he became the first critic ever to receive a Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale. He died in June 2001.

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"Sylvester's real achievement-consists of an almost unrivalled power to gaze, and to find language to express the rewards of intensive contemplation" -- Frank Kermode London Review of Books "Sylvester lists the qualities that make a painter great: "fearlessness; a profound originality, a total absorption in what obsesses him, and above all, a certain authority and gravity". All these apply in equal measure to himself, compounded with vast scholarship, wit and modesty" -- Elspeth Barker Sunday Times "David Sylvester is in many ways the most distinguished critical writer Britain has produced since Roger Fry" -- Patrick Reyntiens Tablet "Sylvester is not only the foremost writer on art: he is also a marvellous prose stylist and an outstanding mind. Original, erudite, witty and moving" -- Cressida Connolly Spectator "Everybody interested in the subject...will want this book" -- Martin Gayford Sunday Telegraph