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    DescriptionAbout 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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    About Modern Art
    Critical Essays 1948-96
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Sylvester
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 544
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 40 mm
    Weight: 662 g
    ISBN 13: 9780712605632
    ISBN 10: 0712605630

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.1
    LC subject heading:
    BIC E4L: ART
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 709.04
    BIC subject category V2: ACXJ
    BISAC V2.8: ANT000000, FIC000000
    Thema V1.0: WC, FB
    2, Revised
    Edition statement
    2nd Revised edition
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    Publication date
    05 February 2002
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    Author Information
    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