Paul Auster: City of Glass (New York Trilogy)

In Paul Auster's remarkable ''City of Glass,'' the ostensible mystery drives from the book's odd and often strangely humorous working of the detective novel genre. The real mystery, however, is one of confused character identity, the descent of a writer into a laby-rinth in which fact and fiction become increasingly difficult to separate. The city of the title is New York, the only truly constant character in the book, and it is the fate of this city to be walked through and interpreted by the writer Quinn and the philosopher and former convict Stillman. Quinn has been hired to follow Stillman, to prevent him from murdering his son. In the beginning the city is transparent, a place of light and air in which Quinn can stay outside of his mind's tortured concerns, concentrating on neutral details. Later is is reminiscent of that wasted city in Nathanael West's ''Miss Lonelyhearts,'' a place begging for interpretation and order. Always its reflects Quinn's and Stillman's search for arcane truth or psychological peace. (Excerpt from NYT Review)

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Reviews:
The New Canon (also just a strange website to check out, supposedly cataloguing the new literary canon since 1985)
Shallow Graves: The Novels of Paul Auster (The New Yorker)

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Philip Guston: Collected Writings, Lectures and Conversations


This is the premier collection of dialogues, talks, and writings by Philip Guston (1913–1980), one of the most intellectually adventurous and poetically gifted of modern painters. Over the course of his life, Guston’s wide reading in literature and philosophy deepened his commitment to his art—from his early Abstract Expressionist paintings to his later gritty, intense figurative works. This collection, with many pieces appearing in print for the first time, lets us hear Guston’s voice—as the artist delivers a lecture on Renaissance painting, instructs students in a classroom setting, and discusses such artists and writers as Piero della Francesca, de Chirico, Picasso, Kafka, Beckett, and Gogol.

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Interviews etc.
Painters Painting (1973)
Paul Schimmel Walkthrough at Hauser & Wirth
Panel Discussion Part 1 (Hauser & Wirth)
Panel Discussion Part 2 (Hauser & Wirth)

Yves Alain Bois: Matisse and Picasso

Fiercely competitive yet amicable, Matisse and Picasso engaged in one of the most formidable artistic dialogues of this century — from the time they met in 1906 until Matisse's death in 1954.Although particularly intense moments of this relationship have already been studied, it has never been examined in its entirety. In this book, Yve-Alain Bois stages the intertwined evolution of Matisse and Picasso as an ongoing game of chess between two masters.The book concentrates on this extraordinary artistic partnership as it develops from the early Thirties on, at the time when Picasso rediscovers Matisse's sculpture and Matisse, in part responding to Picasso's challenge, definitively abandons his odalisques of the Nice period. Both artists acquired works by the other and throughout the Thirties each artist attempted to translate the idiom of the other into his own. Although separated during the War, Matisse and Picasso nevertheless resume their barter of paintings and never stop thinking about each other's work.The post-war period is the most tender in their long friendship. Geographically close at last, they meet often and exhibit together. Picasso's 1946 creations at Antibes have an impact on Matisse while Picasso admires Matisse's spectacular interiors of 1947-48. Even if he is irritated by Matisse's Vence Chapel, Picasso's answer in Vallauris will be a Temple of his own — that is, a form of homage to his artistic friend and rival. Picasso's best tribute to Matisse, however, will come in the series of paintings he realizes shortly after his death, notably the series of the Women of Algiers and of The Studio of 1955-56.The book is published in conjuction with an exhibition atthe Kimbell Museum of Art, Fort Worth, Texas.

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Selected Other Writings Available as PDF
Formless: A User's Guide (with Rosalind Krauss)
El Lissitzky: Radical Reversibility
The De Stijl Idea

Selected Lectures & Panel Discussions
The Difficult Task of Erasing…Twentieth Century Art
The Life And Death of Objects (Panel)
Picasso and Abstraction: Encounters and Avoidance