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  • Title: Lives of the Artists: Portraits of Ten Artists Whose Work and Lifestyles Embody the Future of Contemporary Art
  • Author: Calvin Tomkins
  • ISBN: 9780805088724
  • Page: 393
  • Format: Hardcover

  • Lives of the Artists: Portraits of Ten Artists Whose Work and Lifestyles Embody the Future of Contemporary Art By Calvin Tomkins Whether writing about Jasper Johns or Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman or Richard Serra, Calvin Tomkins shows why it is both easier and difficult to make art today If art can be anything, where do you begin For than three decades Calvin Tomkins s incisive profiles in The New Yorker have given readers the most satisfying reports on contemporary art and artists availableWhether writing about Jasper Johns or Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman or Richard Serra, Calvin Tomkins shows why it is both easier and difficult to make art today If art can be anything, where do you begin For than three decades Calvin Tomkins s incisive profiles in The New Yorker have given readers the most satisfying reports on contemporary art and artists available in any language In Lives of the Artists ten major artists are captured in Tomkins s cool and ironic style to record the new directions art is taking during these days of limitless freedom As formal technique and rigorous training continue to fall away, art has become an approach to living As the author says, the lives of contemporary artists are today so integral to what they make that the two cannot be considered in isolation Among the artists profiled are Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst, the reigning heirs of deliberately outrageous art that feeds off the allegedly corrupting influences of capitalist glut and entertainment Matthew Barney of the pregenital obsessions Cindy Sherman, who manages multiple transformations as she disappears into her own work and Julian Schnabel, who has forged a second career as award winning film director Tomkins shows that the making of art remains among the most demanding jobs on earth.
    Calvin Tomkins
    Calvin Tomkins has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1960 He wrote his first fiction piece for the magazine in 1958, and his first fact piece in 1962 His many Profile subjects have included Marcel Duchamp, John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg, Merce Cunningham, Buckminster Fuller, Philip Johnson, Julia Child, Georgia O Keeffe, Leo Castelli, Frank Stella, Carmel Snow, Christo and Jeanne Claude, Frank Gehry, Damien Hirst, Richard Serra, Matthew Barney, and Jasper Johns He wrote the Art World column from 1980 to 1988 Before joining The New Yorker, he was a general editor of Newsweek, a post he held from 1957 through 1959 In 1955, he joined Newsweek as an associate editor He is the author of than a dozen books, including The Bride and the Bachelors, Merchants and Masterpieces, Living Well Is the Best Revenge, Off the Wall, Duchamp A Biography, and Lives of the Artists A revised edition of his Duchamp biography came out in 2014.

    Lives of the Artists: Portraits of Ten Artists Whose Work and Lifestyles Embody the Future of Contemporary Art By Calvin Tomkins

    Commentaires:

    Alex
    A revealing compilation of essays on several prominent contemporary artists I liked Tomkins personal, conversational approach and general lack of judgment, but I would have liked a wider variety of subject matter 10 different artists and only one woman, no people of color, and no one from outside of the American European tradition that seems narrow minded to me.

    Duc
    This book confirmed that Richard Serra is a total Dick head And I mean that as a compliment to the author for making it obvious in each paragraph If you are a great artist you too can get away with this The title borrows from the classic Giorgio Vasari s Lives of the Artist Tomkins work allows him intimate access to the house and studios of these fine artists The writing seems less serious then Vasari s I attempt to read it long ago but it proved to be a snooze fest Perhaps I ll try to read it a [...]

    Mary
    Valuable to me for the sections about Richard Serra,James Turrell and Jasper Johns, the three of the tenartists featured who particularly intrigue me Iskimmed the other sections with less interest, but do consider this a useful compilation of Tomkins sarticles from the New Yorker I d have called it Lives of Some Artists, though.

    Carol
    Calvin Tomkins writes reviews on Art for the New Yorker This book was a collection of previously printed articles he had done on Contemporary Modern artists Each artist reviewed was different in their choice of medium, lifestyle, intellectual approach to art I enjoyed this

    Susan
    After reading this book I have a new found appreciation for Damien Hirst, respect for Cindy Sherman, a reaffirmation of supreme apathy for Matthew Barney, a fascination of Maurizio Cattelan, and would someone please tell Jeff Koons to go away already.

    Misha
    Good mix of artist interviews Some better than others, but definitely a few gems in here.

    Will Fagan
    Interesting profiles of some of contemporary art s most talked about artists.

    Lindagriggsart
    An amazing book I don t entirely understand how Calvin Tomkins got such access to the inner lives and family lives of these contemporary artists I guess that they sense he is not going to be judgmental In his writing he leaves it the viewer to decide about the artists motives, etc But even when some belligerent, insecure artist is yelling at Tomkin s wife Tomkins remains objective and sensitive to the artists quirks while honestly relating the circumstances.It s a very special book that changes [...]

    Amar Pai
    I ve always liked Tomkins s artist profiles for the New Yorker, so I enjoyed reading this collection of some of the high profile ones Damien Hirst and James Turrell seem really cool, like they d be fun to hang out with Richard Serra and Jasper Johns on the other hand come across as real toolboxes Serra in particular seems like a major dick.Oh I guess I should list who s in hereJames TurrellJasper JohnsMatthew BarneyCindy Shermansome italiano whose name escapes meDamien HirstJulian SchnabelJeff [...]

    Kathleen
    I know art is a state of mind, but I ve had a hard time understanding conceptual art This book shows how conceptual artists take an idea and run with it, haphazardly, skillfully, lucratively confidently calling their escapades art They are artists They make art Painting been done, done, doneulpture from stone so yesterday But hey, I ve got an idea Float a dead shark in formaldehyde stick a circle of dead butterflies onto the wall consider ways to channel the elusive element of light take a serie [...]

    Monica
    This book took me a long time to finish, since some parts of this book were compelling than others Many of the artists were hard to identify with on a personal level I almost felt like Tomkins predisposed me to like or dislike the person, based on the way that he described each individual I felt less inclined to pick up this book if I had to slog through a chapter about an artist whose personality or history was off putting to me In some cases, I feel like I resonate better with the art than th [...]

    Jose
    Interessante cole o de minibios de artistas pl sticos contempor neos Nada em comum entre eles, nehum destino impresso numa grande b ssola, a n o ser gostos por arte precoces cuja intensidade indica que s o ben os do espa o sideral.Destacaria a minibio de John Curry como uma das mais interessantes por desenrolar as inspira es e t cnicas de um artista simplesmente figurativo t o pouco escult rico, ou criador de instala es, v deos, filmes com outrosPode se sentir a presen a de Duchamp, sobre quem o [...]

    Lauren Albert
    A collection of essays about contemporary artists I ve marked with an asterix those I didn t previously know Tomkins made me appreciate the work of some artists that I hadn t liked He couldn t do it with Koons I really dislike his work But Tomkins is a good art reporter he gives a very good sense of the artist s life and method of working without judgment Damien HirstCindy ShermanJulian SchnabelRichard SerraJames Turrell Matthew Barney Maurizio Cattelan Jasper JohnsJeff KoonsJohn Currin

    Jeff
    Very well written portraits of living visual artists It was nice to revisit some of these fascinating profiles that I originally read in the The New Yorker Tomkins has introduced me to some artists I wasn t familiar with or so I thought and has caused me to seek out their work, if only out of curiosity.

    Randall
    I always enjoy what my favorite artists are like as people as well as artists, and this book provided great insights into Jasper Johns, Damien Hirst, and Julian Schnabel in particular I wonder now if Hirst s genius is connected to his desire to remove his trousers in public or willingness to destroy his own art so that someone he doesnt like cant have it.

    Andrea Paul Amboyer
    So I ve decided to write reviews now If you like visual art, this book is great Especially if you are kind of curious about artists lives and you find stories about personal journeys and coming of age extremely motivating This book has those things It also talks a great deal about process and media.If you don t like visual art, I d suggest another book.

    Shurooq Amin
    The insight into the lives of the artists chosen for this book is valid, exciting, relevant Though I knew about the work of for example James Turrell, Richard Serra, Mathew Barney I was not prepared for the personal accounts of their everyday lives, or of how their thought process began and ended, if ever I m inspired by the lives of these artists and would read it again.

    David Macpherson
    Tomkis just writes so well I love how he shows the artists He is always kind to his subjects, that is something you have to accept going in, but the vivd details are so amazing Just love this writer

    Pamela
    This book was entertaining and well written, but it was already too out of date by the time it was published The author needed to provide current information from the time when the book was published.

    Mary
    Reading this book was like finding an old friend for me If you have any interest in the art world, this book is full of descriptive stories that gives you incite into who the artist moving the art world today, and what moves them.

    Derick Van
    Excellent book outlining the lives of some of today s biggest artists and the way they became who they are Very insightful and well written As an artist living in NYC, this book opened my eyes up to a lot a new and exciting ideas For a non artist, it might not be as compelling.

    Brandon
    A quick overview of the lives of a number of well known read rich artists Tomkins does a good job of talking about their lives and how they live while not getting bogged down in talking about the theory of the work that they make.

    Keerthi Vikas
    Good review on the lifes of all the artists.

    Natalie
    In the style of Vasari, this book is a biography of the world s greatest contemporary artists I must read for art lovers A great book to pick up and put down You ll learn something each time.

    Ryan Chapman
    Simultaneously intelligent an an ease to read, this book is essential for any art fan Even those casually interested will find many points of entry in Tomkins essays.

    Elizabeth
    Informative and fun

    Alaina
    Highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in contemporary art I can t wait to read by Clavin Tomkins.

    Anca
    I d love to see an Elles version of this.

    Sarah
    by far the best thing i read in 2010 actual review coming later.

    Ellen
    Great essays on contemporary artists I think most were published in the New Yorker.

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