How to See by David Salle
Looking, Talking, and Thinking about Art

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Mr. Salle gets no points for originality of insight...But “How to See” is lovely to read, mostly, because Mr. Salle can actually write.
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A master class in contemporary art by one of the preeminent painters of our time.


How does art work? How does it move us, inform us, challenge us? Internationally renowned painter David Salle’s incisive essay collection illuminates the work of many of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. Engaging with a wide range of Salle’s friends and contemporaries—from painters to conceptual artists such as Jeff Koons, John Baldessari, Roy Lichtenstein, and Alex Katz, among others—How to See explores not only the multilayered personalities of the artists themselves but also the distinctive character of their oeuvres.


Salle writes with humor and verve, replacing the jargon of art theory with precise and evocative descriptions that help the reader develop a personal and intuitive engagement with art. The result: a master class on how to see with an artist’s eye.

 

About David Salle

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David Salle's paintings are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery in Washington, DC, the Los Angeles County Art Museum, Tate Modern, the National Galerie Berlin, and many others. He lives in New York City. Robert Wright
 
Published October 4, 2016 by W. W. Norton & Company. 275 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Jul 24 2016

His massive Flower Puppy, writes the author, is the “single greatest work of public sculpture made after Rodin that I’ve seen.” Salle is the perfect art tour guide: literate, thoroughly entertaining, and insightful.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Nov 19 2016

Sharp insights and an affable tone make this collection equivalent to a hearty discussion with a mentor—recommended for anyone interested in visual arts.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by DWIGHT GARNER on Oct 19 2016

Mr. Salle gets no points for originality of insight...But “How to See” is lovely to read, mostly, because Mr. Salle can actually write.

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