ARTISTS' WRITINGS, LETTERS AND INTERVIEWS

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The Critic as Artist

By Oscar Wilde. Introduction by Michael Bracewell.

In The Critic as Artist—arguably the most complete exploration of his aesthetic thinking, and certainly the most entertaining—Oscar Wilde harnesses his famous wit to demolish the supposed boundary between art and criticism.
Subtitled Upon the Importance of Doing Nothing and Discussing Everything, the essay takes the form of a leisurely dialogue between two characters: Ernest, who insists upon Wilde’s own belief in art’s freedom from societal mandates and values, and a quizzical Gilbert. With his playwright’s ear for dialogue, Wilde champions idleness and contemplation as prerequisites to artistic cultivation. Beyond the well-known dictum of art for art’s sake, Wilde’s originality lays an argument for the equality of criticism and art. For him, criticism is not subject to the work of art, but can in fact precede it: the artist cannot create without engaging his or her critical faculties first. And, as Wilde writes, “To the critic the work of art is simply a suggestion for a new work of his own.”
The field of art and criticism should be open to the free play of the mind, but Wilde plays seriously, even prophetically. Writing in 1891, he foresaw that criticism would have an increasingly important role as the need to make sense of what we see increases with the complexities of modern life. It is only the fine perception and explication of beauty, Wilde suggests, that will allow us to create meaning, joy, empathy and peace out of the chaos of facts and reality.
Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was an Irish poet and playwright who became one of London’s most popular writers in the early 1890s. Though often controversial, his flair for journalism and nose for scandal ensured that he was widely read. His bold essays on aesthetic philosophy, collected in the volume Intentions (1891), remain important and influential meditations of the nature of art criticism itself.


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The Critic as Artist

THE CRITIC AS ARTIST

By Oscar Wilde. Introduction by Michael Bracewell.

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28 Paradises

28 PARADISES

By Patrick Modiano & Dominique Zehrfuss. Translated with an introduction by Damion Searls.

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Duchamp's Last Day

DUCHAMP'S LAST DAY

By Donald Shambroom.

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Pub Date: 11/20/2018
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On Contemporary Art

ON CONTEMPORARY ART

By César Aira. Foreword by Will Chancellor. Afterword by Alexandra Kleeman. Translated by Katherine Silver.

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Giotto and His Works in Padua

GIOTTO AND HIS WORKS IN PADUA

By John Ruskin. Introduction by Robert Hewison.

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The Psychology of an Art Writer

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF AN ART WRITER

By Vernon Lee. Foreword by Dylan Kenny.

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Pub Date: 5/22/2018
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Letters to a Young Painter

LETTERS TO A YOUNG PAINTER

By Rainer Maria Rilke.

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Pub Date: 11/21/2017
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Summoning Pearl Harbor

SUMMONING PEARL HARBOR

By Alexander Nemerov.

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Ramblings of a Wannabe Painter

RAMBLINGS OF A WANNABE PAINTER

By Paul Gaugin. Introduction and translation by Donatien Grau.

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Chardin and Rembrandt

CHARDIN AND REMBRANDT

By Marcel Proust. Translated by Jennie Feldman. Afterword by Alain Madeleine-Perdrillat.

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ISBN: 9781941701508
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Degas and His Model

DEGAS AND HIS MODEL

By Alice Michel. Translated by Jeff Nagy.

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Pissing Figures 1280–2014

PISSING FIGURES 1280–2014

By Jean-Claude Lebensztejn. Translated by Jeff Nagy.

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