Portraits: Talking with Artists at the Met, the Modern, the Louvre, and Elsewhere

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Random House, 1998 - Art - 265 pages
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The chief art critic for The New York Times gives a painter's-, sculptor's-, and photographer's-eye view of art as he explores museums with some of today's most important artists.

Cezanne said: "One can only speak properly about paintings in front of paintings". In Portraits, Michael Kimmelman talks about art with artists in some of the world's great museums and elsewhere. This informal and revealing collection of profiles provides an insider's vision of art and artists, past and present.

Here is the chance to go on a 3:00 A.M. trip to London's National Gallery with Lucian Freud, visit the Louvre with Henri Cartier-Bresson, and the Met with Brice Marden. Balthus, Cindy Sherman, Roy Lichtenstein, Francis Bacon, and Elizabeth Murray are among the other artists who reveal themselves in the works they are drawn to.

Michael Kimmelman has the rare ability to deliver opinions about art that are sharp, smart, and entertaining. "New art is a running commentary on the past", he writes, and in this fresh and vital book we see "a historical continuum that goes from cave paintings through Picasso to now".

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PORTRAITS: Talking with Artists at the Met, the Modern, the Louvre, and Elsewhere

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A lively, revealing collection of interviews with some of the most important contemporary artists of the 20th century. Kimmelman, chief art critic for the New York Times, conceived a series of ... Read full review

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Looking at art with various artists and hearing their comments on why they do or don't enjoy various pieces in the museum where they're being interviewed for this book. Read full review


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About the author (1998)

Michael Kimmelman is the chief architecture critic of the New York Times and a contributor to the New York Review of Books. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 and is the author of The Accidental Masterpiece: On the Art of Life and Vice Versa (2006) and Portraits: Talking with Artists at the Met, the Modern, the Louvre and Elsewhere (1998), which was named as a notable book of the year by the New York Times and Washington Post. He has written on public housing, community development, and social responsibility and has hosted various television shows about the arts.

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