Eyewitness by Jed Perl
Reports From An Art World In Crisis

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As art critic for The New Republic, Jed Perl is renowned for combining a passion for art and a skepticism about the current art establishment with an ability to write about art in the context of our larger culture. In this collection of essays, including two written especially for this book, he delivers a brilliant mixture of first-rate art criticism and politically informed insight into the true workings of the American art world.Perl offers incisive analysis into the marketing mentality that dominates today’s museums, the poverty of academic criticism, and the changing expectations of the gallery-going public. He re-evaluates the old masters, and turns an avid, unprejudiced eye on the works of his contemporaries. He laments the collapse of a gallery culture that once allowed artists to develop slowly, and argues for a radical reassessment of the way art is presented to—and is viewed by—the public.

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Jed Perl was born in New York and studied art history and painting at Columbia University. Since 1994 he has been the art critic at The New Republic. His books include Paris Without End, Eyewitness, and New Art City: Manhattan at Mid-Century. He lives in Manhattan.From the Hardcover edition.
Published January 1, 2000 by Basic Books. 384 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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On a month-to-month basis, this underdog, work ethic-centered approach to art reviewing can be refreshingly contrarian, championing the slow, thoughtful creation of art, and deriding what Perl sees as contemporary art's fundamentally misguided assumption: that context and not content is what make...

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