It is fitting that the art critic Peter Schjeldahl delivers his own essays. He speaks directly to the listener in a deadpan and slightly slurred voice, placing occasional exaggerated expression in exactly the right places. While primarily critical reviews of specific exhibits, the essays also offer insights into each artist's technique, life, and place in cultural history. Each piece, varying in length, is a masterpiece of writing, exhibiting the astute observations Schjeldahl is known for. The listener may want to view some actual images by the artist being discussed, but it isn't necessary because one can easily become immersed in Schjeldahl's marvelously descriptive language. As when viewing paintings in a museum, these essays are best savored one by one. J.E.S. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2020]
Digital Download Abrams 2019
DD ISBN 9781419747427 $28.00
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