THE ARTIST'S VOICE by Katharine Kuh


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Miss Kuh is a much appreciated art/museum consultant and author, presently art editor of Saturday Review. This new work is a refreshing approach to the contemporary scene, a question and answer duologue, involving 17 artists, their philosophies and methodologies, with some debunking of accepted notions about their concepts (such as the ""nostalgia"" of Hopper and the ""calligraphy"" of Kline). These super-individualistic artists include Georgia O'Keefe, Josef Albers, Hans Hofmann (grand old man of Abstract-Expressionism), Ben Shahn, Morris Graves, Alexander Calder (the amusing ""mobile-man""), and Jacques Lipchitz, to name a characteristic few. One of the best ""vignettes"" is that of Marcel Duchamp, then, the paradoxical Dadaist who gave up painting back in the '20's for optical experiments and chess. The at-oneness of these artists with their rigorous work, their disagreements, especially on the nature of reality-- are valuable in synthesizing what is still a most misunderstood body of art. Miss Kuh deserves applause for the selection and compilation of the thoughts of these men and women who already weigh in on the scales of art history.

Pub Date: Oct. 10th, 1962
Publisher: Harper & Row