Feeding The Eye by Anne Hollander
Essays

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 1 Critic Review

unrated

Synopsis

A new book on the nourishing powers of visual art-film, painting, dance, and clothes.

Since the advent of cinema more than a hundred years ago, visual art has tended to be perceived as if it were in motion, and as the century ends, we notice that artists create less often in fresco or carved stone and more on film or tape, on the dance stage or in the ever changing, ever moving medium of clothes. In this remarkable collection of writing that ranges over art of the past century with unusual depth of historical insight, the noted critic Anne Hollander explores these rich, diverse visual treasures and the underlying themes that connect them.

Feeding the Eye opens with a wonderful array of "modern legends"-essays on celebrated figures from Balanchine to Cartier-Bresson, from Kafka to Chanel, from Isadora Duncan to Simone de Beauvoir-who have helped to define our world. Other sections of the book are devoted to the arts of dressing or decorating the human body-Hollander is particularly celebrated for her bold and original interpretations of this theme-and to classic, often misinterpreted artists of the cinema: Chaplin and Garbo, among others. Hollander concludes by asking us to consider how great paintings of the past continue, in many different ways and contexts, to startle us with "the tonic effect of acute optical experience, which is the whole world's natural birthright."
 

About Anne Hollander

See more books from this Author
Anne Hollander is an independent art historian, critic, and Anne Hollander is an independent art historian, critic, and historian of dress. A Fellow of the New York Institute for thistorian of dress. A Fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities and former President of PEN American Center, she Humanities and former President of PEN American Center, she is the author of three other books, "Sex and Suits" (1994he is the author of three other books, "Sex and Suits" (1994), "Moving Pictures" (1989), and "Seeing through Clothes" (C), "Moving Pictures" (1989), and "Seeing through Clothes" (California, 1993). alifornia, 1993).
 
Published October 7, 1999 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 352 pages
Genres: History, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction, Computers & Technology. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Feeding The Eye

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Hollander's style can be a touch too precise, too effortlessly learned, but she has a genius for zippy phrasemaking, as when she writes in ""Accounting for Fashion,"" a book review that ran in Raritan in 1993, that a dress ""requires opposable thumbs and some kind of cosmology."" That might not b...

| Read Full Review of Feeding The Eye: Essays

Rate this book!

Add Review
×