Sacred Monsters, Sacred Masters: Beaton, Capote, Dalí, Picasso, Freud, Warhol, and More

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Random House, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 363 pages
Robert Hughes has described Richardson's multivolume biography of Picasso as "a masterpiece in the making." In this collection of his best shorter pieces, culled from more than thirty years' artistic and literary commentary and reviews, Richardson demonstrates the same dazzling narrative style that has earned him the reputation as one of our foremost biographers.

As a contributor to Vanity Fair, The New York Review of Books, House and Garden, and The New Yorker, John Richardson has a reputation for stimulating readers with his frank, discerning characterizations of art-world personalities as well as celebrities from a variety of other milieus-- people such as Truman Capote, Armand Hammer, Lucian Freud, Andy Warhol, and Peggy Guggenheim.

As readers await the third volume of A Life of Picasso, they will be diverted by this witty, wonderfully intelligent collection of approximately thirty essays, extensively revised and updated for this publication, each of which is illustrated with artwork or photographs.

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This behind-the-scenes view of life in the art world and high society in the 20th century both captivates and shocks, offering fascinating gems and tidbits on every page. For this tell-all, Richardson ... Read full review


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John Richardson headed Christie's U.S. operation and acted as vice president of the Knoedler Gallery before devoting himself full-time to writing. He is the author of A Life of Picasso, Volumes I and II, and of The Sorcerer's Apprentice, a memoir. He lives in Connecticut and New York.

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