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Meyer Schapiro : his painting, drawing, and sculpture
Schapiro, Meyer, 1904-1996.
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New York : H.N. Abrams, 2000.
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256 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
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Includes index.
On representing and knowing -- Color as expressive -- Art schools : drawing from the figure.
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N6537.S338 A4 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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This work brings together some 200 paintings by the acclaimed art historian Meyer Schapiro, as well as three of his essays. Of special interest are his self-portraits and renderings of such notable figures as Bernard Brenson, Whittaker Chambers and Irving Howe.

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An extraordinary and inimitable human being, Schapiro (1904-96) remains an irreplaceably insightful and serious scholar, art historian, and critic of art from many different time periods. Now, readers will learn about his creativity by witnessing over 203 reproductions, mostly in color, i.e., paintings, drawings, sculpture, and multimedia, made between 1916 and 1989. Schapiro is a true "wordless autobiographer," said John Russell in his praise-filled preface. "Like having Plato in the living room," R.B. Kitaj exclaimed. Introduced by his wife and muse, Lilian Milgram Schapiro, this sumptuously lavish, large book is difficult to put into a nutshell. It is a multilevel treasure. It also consists of three erudite, previously unpublished lecture-essays, in which Schapiro explores in a philosophical and contextual manner the ideas of representation, knowing, expressive color, interpretations, conventions, associations, and the very complex meanings in the visual arts. He argues that the viewers, or passionate beholders-of-art should be willing to reexperience and "remain always open to renewed perception, criticism, and exploration." This book is for all those readers who want to be dazzled learning about the "Renaissance man" of the 20th century. It will surprise with its wise eclecticism and make readers wonder about both the text and Schapiro's own images. Recommended highly. General readers; upper-division undergraduates through professionals. I. Spalatin; Texas A&M University-Commerce