Windows on the World: Fifty Writers, Fifty Views - Matteo Pericoli, Lorin Stein

A writer’s vision in the fullest sense comes through in the writing, but what is that person actually looking at while setting down words? In these brief essays, accompanied by pen-and-ink drawings, fifty writers, plus one artist, Matteo Pericoli, send postcards from their desks. Windows on the World (Penguin Press, $27.95) not only provides glimpses from Beijing high-rises, Melbourne suburbs, and Nottingham gardens, but offers ample proof that not all writers live in Brooklyn. And while all inhabit the land of imagination, they find their best work hails from the border between the world they look out on and the one they struggle to convey from within. Just as Pericoli’s beautiful drawings demonstrate the flexibility of unadorned lines to be spare or lush as the scene requires, these pieces are at once straightforward descriptions of everyday work habits and eloquent statements about creativity. For Emma Larkin in Burma as for Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in Lagos, a glance outside is inspiration, “a view choked with stories.” Looking out on Skopjce, Lidija Dimkovska finds “it was impossible not to write.” For others, the window is a rest; Marina Endicott uses it as “a way for my mind to blink.” T.C. Boyle looks out at Montecito and finds “distraction and lack of distraction both.”
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By Matteo Pericoli, Lorin Stein (Preface by)
ISBN: 9781594205545
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Published: Penguin Press - November 13th, 2014

J. M. W. Turner: Painting Set Free - David Blayney Brown, Amy Concannon, Sam Smiles

J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free (Getty, $49.95) examines the later years of the great Victorian artist’s career. From 1835 to 1850, when he stopped exhibiting his work, Turner grew less reliant on description and instead emphasized the dynamism of light and color, producing watercolors and oil paintings of magnificent seas and skies, floods and storms. With its apparent gestures to Impressionism, Expressionism, and Abstraction, this is work that segues easily into the movements that would follow, but in the essays accompanying the images, David Blayney Brown, Amy Concannon, curators at the Tate, and the University of Exeter’s Sam Smiles maintain that Turner’s freedom of application and abandonment of rigorous detail was a continuation of his artistic investigation into perception and its limitations, not the invention of a radical new style. This volume chronicles a most fascinating period of Turner’s career with vivid illustrations and captivating text.

Van Gogh Repetitions - Steele Elizabeth, Marcia Steele, Eliza Rathbone

Vincent van Gogh’s The Large Plane Trees and The Road Menders are similar in design and composition. But in fact, the artist copied the second from the first, making bolder color choices and sharpening the details. Analyzing the two paintings, co-curators Eliza Rathbone of the Phillips Collection and the Cleveland Museum of Art’s William Robinson, decided to build a whole show around these and many other van Gogh Repetitions (Yale Univ., $50). Van Gogh did multiple versions of certain landscapes and portraits (with a variety of approaches), and it’s fascinating to see them side by side. The exhibition also becomes a very personal story, as van Gogh’s works are based on paintings by artists he loved, such as Millet and Gaugin, and of sitters whom he trusted, like Dr. Gachet and the postman Joseph Roulin and his family. In addition to the curators’ essays and painting-by-painting entries, two conservators provide technical analyses. (The exhibit will be at the Phillips Collection through January 24, 2014, then heads to the Cleveland Museum of Art.)

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ISBN: 9780300190823
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Published: The Phillips Collection - November 26th, 2013