Portraits: John Berger on Artists

Portraits John Berger on Artists One of the world s most celebrated art writers John Berger takes us through centuries of art in this distinctive history that will enlighten and inspire In Portraits Berger connects art and history

  • Title: Portraits: John Berger on Artists
  • Author: John Berger Tom Overton
  • ISBN: 9781784781767
  • Page: 199
  • Format: Hardcover
  • One of the world s most celebrated art writers, John Berger takes us through centuries of art in this distinctive history that will enlighten and inspire In Portraits, Berger connects art and history in revolutionary ways, from the prehistoric paintings of the Chauvet caves to Randa Mdah s work about contemporary Palestine In his penetrating and singular prose, Berger prOne of the world s most celebrated art writers, John Berger takes us through centuries of art in this distinctive history that will enlighten and inspire In Portraits, Berger connects art and history in revolutionary ways, from the prehistoric paintings of the Chauvet caves to Randa Mdah s work about contemporary Palestine In his penetrating and singular prose, Berger presents entirely new ways of thinking about art history, and artists both canonized and obscure,from Rembrandt, to Henry Moore, Jackson Pollock to Picasso Throughout, Berger maintains the essential connection between politics, art and the wider study of culture A beautifully illustrated walk through many centuries of visual culture from one of the contemporary world s most incisive critical voices.

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    1. An artist's work constitutes his relationship with his fellow men.Short Review: Intellectual masturbationLong Review:We live, at the moment, in a culture that is so obsessed with short-term advantages that it has already forgotten the future. While I understand the argument against creating another coffee table book, the lack of visual reference for works being discussed means either the reader is required to have a fairly broad knowledge of art or the formalist, mannera, and color arguments are [...]

    2. Disclaimer: ARC read via Netgalley, courtesy of Verso. Book is being released October 27. 2015. It was my friend who introduced me to John Berger. When I say introduce, I mean in the way every reader does; in this case, by reading Ways of seeing (which is a very thoughtful, read it). Since then I enjoy reading Berger. I may not always agree with him, but I always learn something new or learn to look at something, anything, a new way. Portraits is a collection of Berger’s writing on artists, a [...]

    3. I began reading this book while the author was still alive, and finished it after his death. That has inescapably lent the experience a transcendent dimension, quite aside from the content of the book, which I also feel to be, in a sense, transcendent.In 'Portraits', John Berger appears like a modern-day Vasari – an infinitely cleverer and more perceptive Vasari, not content to write the biographical synopses, the lives, of the artists, but rather tackling the life of the art, or perhaps the l [...]

    4. Short essays contemplating artists from the Chauvet cave painters to Basquiat.Berger is generous with unforgettable anecdotes and remarkable observations, some of which you'll take issue with, sure, but all of which show what it means to engage with art.Here are some quotes that stuck with me--in decreasing order of bleakness (or, should you prefer, increasing order of silliness)--half of which reference livestock directly or a product thereof:"What I did not know when I was very young was that [...]

    5. PORTRAITS is admittedly a dense piece of writing. In over five hundred pages, art critic and storyteller John Berger takes us through thousands of years of art history, closely examining such diverse talents as ancient cave painters, classic greats, and modern masters. Berger covers the expected artists (Rembrandt, Cezanne, Monet, van Gogh, and Picasso), as well as many I had never heard of (Basquiat, Broughton, Hambling, and Noel). In all, there are 74 artists explored in this book, and Berger [...]

    6. An assembly of essays and reviews published over sixty years, this book offers both panoramic and close-up appraisals of the works of painters and a few sculptors. In nearly always lucid prose, it presents ‘portraits’ of more than seventy artists, most of them in the Western canon, and of at least a couple of dozen late 20th century painters I (as an unschooled onlooker, but frequent museum-goer) had never heard of. Berger discusses his subjects’ methods and styles amidst reigning and emer [...]

    7. Bewildering and breathtaking in his ability to see so much and understand so much - made me look closely once more at some great art and introduced many I'd not heard of before.

    8. Portraits: John Berger on Artists is an exploration of centuries of art through the eyes and penetrating prose of the art critic, John Berger. Beginning with the paintings in the Chauvet Cave (c. 30,000 years BCE) through to the early 21st Century with the work of Randa Mdah, Berger situates the artist and his/her art in a historical context while simultaneously making us re-see already familiar works of art in a totally new way. The book is poorly illustrated, its black and white photos blurred [...]

    9. In this very readable and accessible collection of essays, John Berger gives us his personal view on a wide-ranging selection of artists and their work, presenting the reader with new ways of seeing and thinking about the work, and linking politics, art and culture in general in a thought-provoking and often intriguing way. A book to dip into and to keep as a reference guide. I did feel disappointed, however, with the decision to only have black and white illustrations, and I couldn’t follow B [...]

    10. I haven't even finished this book but I am so eager to recommend it as my pick for Christmas!! John Berger is one of my favorite writers - intelligent, opinionated, passionate, learned - he's everything you could hope for in a critic. What makes this book particularly special is Berger's miraculous ability to humanize the art he's studying. In every case, he findsa unique link to the artist's special quality as a human being - an individual struggling to embody an individual vision of what it me [...]

    11. A collection of previously published writings on the art of a large number of artists through the centuries. Some of these pieces were startling to me, bringing the artist's work into a different light altogether.

    12. "We are living at a moment when meaninglessness is particularly dense. The criminal and absurd war taking place today accentuates this, but the obscurity has been gathering for a decade or more. The New World Order of corporations and B-52s constructs not roads or railways or airstrips but blind walls. Walls for physically separating the rich from the poor, walls of misinformation, walls of exclusion, walls of virtual ignorance. And all these walls insinuate together a global non-sense. Iglesias [...]

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