Thursday, September 29, 2016

Thursday's Three on Art

Today's Thursday's Three presents a trio of new art books.

The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Art (Random House, August 16, 2016) ~ The wonderful arts critic Sebastian Smee tells an absorbing story of four pairs of artists — Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas, Henri Matissse and Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, and Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon  — and how each pair's relationship moved beyond friendship to spark competition and creative innovation.

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Sebastian Smee on FaceBook

Random House on FaceBook

Random House Page for The Art of Rivalry

Hanna Hoch: Life Portrait  | A Collaged Autobiography (The Green Box, September 27, 2016) ~ The last and largest work by German artist Hannah Hoch (1889-1978), known for her association with Berlin's Dadaists, was Life Portrait (c. 1972-1973), which was a photocollage that measured nearly 4 feet by 5 feet. Just out, the book, which is in English, separates Life Portrait into 38 sections, each identified by Hoch and each of which includes explanatory text and original quotations. The 96-page book includes 40 color and 3 black-and-white images, including an overview of the entire artwork. Alma-Elisa Kittner provides the Introduction. 

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Read Cory Reynolds's post on Hannah Hoch's Life Portrait at ArtBook blog.

Art Is the Highest Form of Hope & Other Quotes by Artists (Phaidon Press, October 2016) ~ This is a 336-page compilation of quotes by painters, sculptors, photographers, and other visual artists. Curated by Phaidon editors, the quotes range across numerous subjects, from beauty, to color and light, to fear of failure, to originality and the creative process, to money problems, to personal advice.

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Phaidon Page for Art Is the Highest Form of Hope

Phaidon on FaceBook

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