- Tapa blanda: 245 páginas
- Editor: Penguin Group; Edición: Reprint (1 de julio de 2006)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0143037331
- ISBN-13: 978-0143037330
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The Accidental Masterpiece: On the Art of Life and Vice Versa (Inglés) Tapa blanda – jul 2006
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"A book that captures very well the enigmatic status of art and how we might approach it. . . . Kimmelman [is] a knowledgeable guide to all sorts of places we'd never have though of going." --Adrian Searle, The New York Times"Michael Kimmelman writes that 'the world is full of amazing surprises.' As it happens, this book is one of them. Knowledgeable, charming, thoughtful, lucid, unpretentious writing about art? A critic who actually leaves his room and comes back with stories about interesting people and places in the real world? And if that weren't amazing and surprising enough, Kimmelman is on an earnest old-school quest, determined to convince us (in his charming and unpretentious way) that modern art is not a cynical game, that we can glimpse all kinds of improbable marvels and wonders in all sorts of places if we take the time to look and feel and think. I am grateful for The Accidental Masterpiece." --Kurt Anderson, New York Times-bestselling writer and host of the Peabody-winning radio program Studio 360 "I get more from reading Michael Kimmelman--the dry wit, the elegant conviviality of tone, the broad range and the underlying toughness of judgment--than from any art critic writing now. He really knows art and, what's more, really enjoys it. And he brings that enjoyment to the reader in a way that you can't fail to share. He's neither a jargoneer nor an art world nerd: He is deeply immersed in life, its pleasures, and the winding, unexpected ways in which art puts you in touch with both. Chapeau!" --Robert Hughes, awarding-winning art critic, writer, and director "Michael Kimmelman, one of the most brilliant and sensitive critics of our time, in this book presents a surprisingly refreshing view of art and artists. From the beginning to the end, he exercises his wry sense of humor to explain something that is deeply insightful of our culture. His book shows how you may be an artist too, without even knowing. Read, and see yourself in this mirror of our contemporary and future society. You'll love it." --Yoko Ono
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An exploration of art as a great passion of life, written by a chief art critic for
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The first essay inspired the title of the collection. Kimmelman sorts through the work and circumstances of Pierre Bonnard (1867 - 1947), whose career and life took a permanent turn the day he glimpsed a pretty young woman on the street. She became his muse and often his tormenter, his model and wife. From Bonnard he moves onto the rise of photographic technology and, with its proliferation, the rise of the amateur on the art scene. Then onto how we define and are moved by beauty, which he reflects upon while panting up mountains that have stirred great painters but belatedly release an epiphany for him. He addresses conceptual art next ("The Art of Making Art Without Lifting A Finger"), and then collecting, then finding oneself (and art) when lost, and then the changing attitudes toward figurative rendering, especially nudes, while profiling Philip Pearlstein in particular. "The Art of the Pilgrimage" heads to the land art out west and the last chapter concludes with art that depicts ordinary objects--not Warhol's soup cans as one might imagine, but Wayne Thiebaud's depiction of gumball machines and Chardin's painting of a young man blowing a bubble.
This is not a comprehensive introduction to art history and some academics may argue it is not particularly critical, but it generously imparts a lot of knowledge and awe via its conversational tone. It is a pleasure joining an insider for a special tour of his world.
Mr. Kimmelman has a superb, almost magical talent for transporting a reader to places and people he has visited as well as to times when his imagination -- informed by an encyclopedic knowledge of writers past and present -- fills in the gaps.
He takes us to a painter's studio darkened by black curtains where Philip Pearlstein transforms models into geometrical compositions; on an exhausting climb up Cezanne's Montagne Sainte-Victoire, where, to his chagrin, he finds a group of elderly French ladies there before him; for an early-morning walk with Pierre Bonnard at his home in southern France, where he lives with an impossible wife; to Antarctica with Frank Hurley, the fearless Australian photographer who captured the romance of the cold south when he sailed with Shackleton on the Endurance; on a near-death experience in Utah, where he had gone to visit a Matthew Barney sculpture in the salt flats in the winter and found himself in chest-high icy water in total darkness after volunteering to find help when car and cell phone failed.
Chapter titles provide clues to how he makes the art experience apparent, i.e., The Art of Making Art Without Lifting a Finger, The Art of Collecting Light Bulbs, The Art of Maximizing Your Time, The Art of Having a Lofty Perspective, The Art of Finding Yourself When You're Lost. As for the last, this book has made me feel "found". I have heard many lectures by eminent art historians--among them Erwin Panofsky at Princeton and Seymour Slive at Harvard--yet not until I read Mr. Kimmelman did I learn to pay attention, live life more alertly, and embrace the art in my daily life.
Mr. Kimmelman, an art critic whose opinions I would like to hear about everything, is a charming companion -- insightful, funny, eloquent, utterly without pretense, and a fountain of perfectly placed observations from past writers, from Nabokov and Proust to Heine, Hobbes, and Hegel. He has created a conversational genre all his own, one that is both moving and joyful.
If you like a good read, like art, or are simply interested in the variety of ways artists work, this is a great snapshot. I love this book.