The Janus Aspect

The Janus Aspect : Artists in the Twenty-first Century

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Following the success of his "On Creativity", John Tusa's new book draws on his acclaimed "BBC Radio 3" series of interviews with a range of internationally distinguished artists. In video, music, dance, theatre, architecture, painting and sculpture, these remarkable practitioners work in forms that challenge and break traditional limits, crossing the boundaries between the arts to create new ways of expression and new kinds of meaning in a world transformed by multimedia. An invaluable insider's guide to their work and lives, "The Janus Aspect" includes eight pages of illustrations and a substantial introductory essay by Tusa himself. Interviewees: Bill Viola (video), Michal Rovner (video and prints), Bernardo Bertolucci (film director), Atom Egoyan (film and stage director), Heiner Goebbels (director/composer), Simon McBurney (director/creator), Gilbert and George (artist), Merce Cunningham (choreographer), William Forsythe (choreographer), Anish Kapoor (sculptor), David Hockney (artist), Renzo Piano (architect), Rachel Whiteread (sculptor) and Michael Craig-Martin (artist).
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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 129 x 198mm | 222g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 8pp photos
  • 0413775682
  • 9780413775689

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"'This is the joy of John Tusa's book of interviews... It gives us the opportunity to consider side-by-side the outlooks of artists of different disciplines: novelist, architect, poet, composer, painter, sculptor, photographer, film-maker' Independent 'He is an enormously skilled interviewer, able to arouse, provoke and challenge his subjects without menacing them... His astonishing interview with Paula Rego is a good example of his skill' TLS"
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About John Tusa

John Tusa was managing director of the BBC's World Service from 1986-92 and since 1995 has been the managing director of London's Barbican Centre. He is the author of numerous books on culture and the arts, including Conversations with the World (1990), Art Matters (1999) and On Creativity (2003). He lives in London.
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