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288 pages. 46 b/w illust.
“The year’s outstanding book of art criticism, a rich read, a goal for some of us to shoot for” (Holland Cotter, New York Times).
“Thoughtful, nuanced, and original” (Barbara MacAdam, ARTnews).
“[Porter’s] prose mirrors the imagination’s shifting priorities, leaping with delightful, mysterious rapidity from precisely analytical to poetically epigrammatic to almost mystical…Nobody is more alert to the metaphoric implications of pictorial particulars” (Jed Perl, New Republic).
On Modern Literature and the Arts
These “shrewd, beautifully written, ‘tough-minded’ essays” (William Arrowsmith) by the author of The Banquet Years and Forbidden Knowledge focus on the often disputed...