The Writing of Art (Paperback)

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This collection of essays examines the work of a handful of 20th century painters with a just-right mix of brain-tickling theory and gleeful engagement with the self-evident physicality of the works themselves. Intelligent art criticism for real people.

— From Wes


This collection of essays offers different ways of seeing twentieth-century art via the medium of aesthetics. In Mercure (1924), Picasso collapses the tradition of classical ballet into the visual arts; Paul Klee, in his work from the Thirties, searches for a purity of language reminiscent of German Romanticism; with his concept of the Void, Yves Klein emphasizes that, within the context of art, ritualized performance can lead to a radical loss of ego; Ed Ruscha’s gunpowder drawings from the Sixties offer visual paradoxes and question the boundaries between art and language; and in Twombly’s Bacchus paintings, movement becomes a metaphor for the Dionysian forces
that shape history.

About the Author

Olivier Berggruen was born in Switzerland in 1963. He grew up in Paris and then studied Art History at Brown University before going on to do further research at the Courtauld Institute in London. He has curated museum exhibitions devoted to artists such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Yves Klein, Michel Basquiat and Ed Ruscha. He lives in New York with his wife.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781906548629
ISBN-10: 1906548625
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Publication Date: May 15th, 2012
Pages: 176
Language: English