Title: Still Looking: Essays on American Art
Publication Date: 2005
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition.
Inscribed (to collector Alex Jemel) and SIGNED by John Updike on the title page. The volume is bumped on the top fron corner and spine tail. The unclipped dust jacket, sleeved in mylar, is fine. This is an oversized book and it may require additional postage for international and priority mailings. Bookseller Inventory # 14011403
Synopsis: When, in 1989, a collection of John Updike?s writings on art appeared under the title Just Looking, a reviewer in the San Francisco Chronicle commented, ?He refreshes for us the sense of prose opportunity that makes art a sustaining subject to people who write about it.? In the sixteen years since Just Looking was published, he has continued to serve as an art critic, mostly for The New York Review of Books, and from fifty or so articles has selected, for this richly illustrated book, eighteen that deal with American art.
After beginning with early American portraits, landscapes, and the transatlantic career of John Singleton Copley, Still Looking then considers the curious case of Martin Johnson Heade and extols two late-nineteenth-century masters, Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins. Next, it discusses the eccentric pre-moderns James McNeill Whistler and Albert Pinkham Ryder, the competing American Impressionists and Realists in the early twentieth century, and such now-historic avant-garde figures as Alfred Stieglitz, Marsden Hartley, Arthur Dove, and Elie Nadelman. Two appreciations of Edward Hopper and appraisals of Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol round out the volume.
America speaks through its artists. As Updike states in his introduction, ?The dots can be connected from Copley to Pollock: the same tense engagement with materials, the same demand for a morality of representation, can be discerned in both.?
On Just Looking
?Some of these essays are marvelous examples of critical explanation, in which the psychological concerns of the novelist drive the eye from work to work in an exhibition until a deep understanding of the art emerges.?
?Arthur Danto, The New York Times Book Review
?These are remarkably elegant little essays, dense in thought and perception but offhandedly casual in style. Their brevity makes more acute the sense of regret one feels to see them end.? ?Jeremy Strick, Newsday
About the Author: John Updike was born in 1932, in Shillington, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954 and spent a year in Oxford, England, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of The New Yorker and since 1957 has lived in Massachusetts. He is the author of more than fifty books, including collections of short stories, poems, and criticism. His novels have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Howells Medal.
This bookseller accepts the following methods of payment:
AbeBooks Bookseller Since: 15 July 2011
We guarantee the condition of every book as it's described on the Abebooks web sites. If you're dissatisfied with your purchase (Incorrect Book/Not as Described/Damaged) or if the order hasn't arrived, you're eligible for a refund within 30 days of the estimated delivery date. If you've changed your mind about a book that you've ordered, please use the Ask bookseller a question link to contact us and we'll respond within 2 business days.
Name: Al Denison
Address: 88 Cashew Blossom Drive
Shipping costs are based on books weighing up to 3.25 lbs. If your book order is heavier or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.
Store Description: Trilby & Co. Books is located in Northern California. The company was founded years ago by a Shetland Sheepdog named Trilby. Trilby's message to her family was brief and direct - the sale of books would increase disposable income and improve the quality of provisions in her food dish. My name is McTavish (picture at left). I am the current CEO of this company, and I approve of her message. Oh, by the way, my speciality is literature, with an emphasis on first editions and signed books.