Sacred Monsters, Sacred Masters by John Richardson
Beaton, Capote, Dalí, Picasso, Freud, Warhol, and More

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Robert Hughes has described Richardson's multivolume biography of Picasso as "a masterpiece in the making." In this collection of his best shorter pieces, culled from more than thirty years' artistic and literary commentary and reviews, Richardson demonstrates the same dazzling narrative style that has earned him the reputation as one of our foremost biographers.

As a contributor to Vanity Fair, The New York Review of Books, House and Garden, and The New Yorker, John Richardson has a reputation for stimulating readers with his frank, discerning characterizations of art-world personalities as well as celebrities from a variety of other milieus-- people such as Truman Capote, Armand Hammer, Lucian Freud, Andy Warhol, and Peggy Guggenheim.

As readers await the third volume of A Life of Picasso, they will be diverted by this witty, wonderfully intelligent collection of approximately thirty essays, extensively revised and updated for this publication, each of which is illustrated with artwork or photographs.
 

About John Richardson

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John Richardson headed Christie's U.S. operation and acted as vice president of the Knoedler Gallery before devoting himself full-time to writing. He is the author of A Life of Picasso, Volumes I and II, and of The Sorcerer's Apprentice, a memoir. He lives in Connecticut and New York.
 
Published January 1, 2001 by JONATHAN CAPE LTD. 386 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, History, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Richardson (The Sorcerer's Apprentice, a memoir, 1999), once head of Christie's US operations and now a contributor to Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, etc., proves again that he's one of our foremost biographers.

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Art writer Richardson (A Life of Picasso: Volumes I and II) scored a success with a recent memoir, The Sorcerer's Apprentice</EMPHASIS

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Imagine a SoHo dinner party for an irreverent septuagenarian who's known everyone in the art world and has a collection of wicked anecdotes to prove it.

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Sacred Monsters, Sacred Masters John Richardson 363pp, Cape, £20 It gave Dr Barnes great satisfaction to say "nuts" to T S Eliot.

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The Guardian

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Sacred Monsters, Sacred Masters John Richardson Cape £20, pp378 It was Jean Cocteau who first defined celebrities as sacred monsters.

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While some of the subjects seem to deserve this and worse, like the "ratlike ruthlessness" of art swindler Domenica Guillaume, others might merit a little more consideration, like Peggy Guggenheim, who is termed "a clown: an endearingly sad one of the 'He Who Gets Slapped' variety," or the trans...

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