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By John Updike

In this posthumous number of John Updike’s paintings writings, a significant other quantity to the acclaimed Just taking a look (1989) and Still Looking (2005), readers are back taken care of to “remarkably dependent essays” (Newsday) during which “the mental issues of the novelist force the attention from paintings to paintings till a deep figuring out of the paintings emerges” (The manhattan instances publication Review).

continuously having a look opens with “The readability of Things,” the Jefferson Lecture within the Humanities for 2008. right here, in having a look heavily at person works via Copley, Homer, Eakins, Norman Rockwell, and others, the writer teases out what's commonly “American” in American artwork. This speak is by means of fourteen essays, such a lot of them written for The ny evaluation of Books, on convinced highlights in Western artwork of the final 200 years: the long-lasting pictures of Gilbert Stuart and the chic landscapes of Frederic Edwin Church, the sequence work of Monet and the monotypes of Degas, the richly patterned canvases of Vuillard and the golden extravagances of Klimt, the cryptic triptychs of Beckmann, the private graffiti of Miró, the verbal-visual puzzles of Magritte, and the enormous Pop of Oldenburg and Lichtenstein. The ebook ends with a attention of modern works through a dwelling American grasp, the steely sculptural environments of Richard Serra.

John Updike used to be a gallery-goer of genius. Always Looking is, like every thing else he wrote, a call for participation to seem, to see, to recognize the visible international during the eyes of a connoisseur.

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A list of illustration credits begins on this page and constitutes an extension of this copyright notice. Knopf, Borzoi Books, and the colophon are registered trademarks of Random House, Inc. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Updike, John. Always looking: essays on art/by John Updike; edited by Christopher Carduff. p. cm. Includes index. eISBN: 978-0-307-96183-9 1. Art—Psychology. I. Title. U63 2012 700—dc23 2012005986 Cover image: John Updike, in 1989, looking at three paintings by Henri Matisse in the Florence May Schoenborn Gallery, The Museum of Modern Art, New York (from left to right: View of Notre Dame, 1914; Moroccan Garden, 1912; Goldfish and Sculpture, 1912).

The question has often arisen; it was asked in almost these exact same words in 1958, by Lloyd Goodrich, then the director of the Whitney Museum of American Art. ” and began: One of the most American traits is our urge to define what is American. This search for a self-image is a result of our relative youth as a civilization, our years of partial dependence on Europe. But it is also a vital part of the process of growth. My impression is that inquiries into an essential Americanness are less fashionable than they were fifty years ago, since they inevitably gravitate, in this age of diversity and historical revision, to that least hip of demographic groups, white Protestant males of Northern European descent.

Its springy seat rebounded into convexity, when you stood up, with an audible snap. 1) The chair eventually migrated to our barn, and I did not notice it there last fall, when, more than forty-eight years after she took this picture, my mother died, and I surveyed my inheritance. My mother’s old camera had also vanished. The technical excellence of this photograph, there in the difficult dapple, testifies to my mother’s skill as she lovingly sought to capture her only child. The camera was an oblong old Kodak with a pebbly black leather skin, an unfolding black bellows, and a broken viewfinder.

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