Magicians and Charlatans by Jed Perl

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Reading of the breadth and the carefulness of Schapiro's achievements, one realizes how much we have lost with the passing of his generation.
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The Eakins Press Foundation is proud to announce the publication of Magicians & Charlatans by Jed Perl, the art critic for The New Republic. In this collection of 26 essays Perl writes with great urgency about the art scene of the past decade. The poet John Ashbery has said that For years Jed Perl has been covering the art world with tremendous empathy and unsparing accuracy. His ability to recognize the traditional forms of art behind their continual transmutation has made his an almost solitary, essential voice.The essays range from highly controversial critiques of the painter Gerhard Richter, of the art dealer Leo Castelli and of the Museum of Modern Art, to appreciations of the art of Bernini and Chardin and of the writings of Edmund Wilson and Meyer Schapiro.
 

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Jed Perl, the art critic for The New Republic, has been called by poet John Ashbery an almost solitary, essential voice. His many books include Antoine s Alphabet: Watteau and His World, Eyewitness: Reports from an Art World in Crisis, and New Art City: Manhattan at Mid-Century. He is currently working on a biography of Alexander Calder.
 
Published August 1, 2012 by Eakins Press Foundation. 358 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography.
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Reviewed by Ea Carmean Jr on Dec 01 2012

Reading of the breadth and the carefulness of Schapiro's achievements, one realizes how much we have lost with the passing of his generation.

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