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by Dore Ashton

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ISBN: 0394522761
ISBN13: 978-0394522760
Category: Photography
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Author: Dore Ashton
Language: English
Publisher: Pantheon; 1st edition (January 12, 1986)
Pages: 302 pages
ePUB size: 1919 kb
FB2 size: 1579 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 986
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Dore has given us a readable compendium of sound-bites from 20th entury artists. The collection is noteworthy for its breadth, and also for its emphasis on that very recent century.

Dore works from the early part of the century - 00s to 20s - up to the latest (80s, when the book appeared). The progression is interesting. It shows broad trends from the turn of the century, through two World Wars, up to the Reagan era. The number of different artists, well-known and not, is the real strength of this book. Ashton quote scores of artists on the topic of their craft.

Therein lie many weaknesses. First is the sheer number of artists cited. Given that many artists, not all can be of the first rank, or even people of whom I've heard. Well, I read this to learn, so that's not too bad. Second is the artists omitted, Kandinsky and Dali being obvious by their absence. I'll just hope that Dore meant for those artists' own publications to represent the artists themselves, or for copyright problems to be self-explanaory. Third is the arrangement of quotations: 1900s to 20, 20s to 40s, and 40s onward (to mid-80s). This creates boundaries at arbitrary dates, and positively misrepresents the active eras of many artists. Fourth is the fact of collecting Artists on Art - an open invitation to pretension, which was accepted many times over. Longer writings seem to show more thought and less manifesto. The very form of this book prevents proper representation of the artists' thoughts.

On the whole, though, this book succeeds. If nothing else, it provides an index in which the serious student (maybe the not-so-serious, too) can find references for further reading.

Lahorns Gods
This is a fantastic book--one of my favorites--and lots of fun to read. (See also Dore's book "Picasso on Art." The idea is similar: a lot of cool quotes.) I think Dore has/had a gift for mining treasure-troves.

Nearly every page has something clever and insightful. One of my favorites, by Rueben Nakian: "Art should be aristocratic, elegant, with gardens and beautiful costumes, and horses and people speaking a clear and cultivated language."

This book is good for coffee-tables. Even if you don't know much about Art, it doesn't matter. A. They'll teach you, B. It's fun to read. C. As Picasso said, "Even if I read a book on Einstein's physics, of which I understand nothing, I will still understand something else."

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