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5.0 out of 5 stars An eclectic selection - fascinating!, 27 Oct. 2012
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This review is from: In My View: Personal Reflections on Art by Today's Leading Artists (Hardcover)
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I ordered this because I have an interest in art but my collection of books is limited and quite dated. The concept of modern artists choosing their favourite from their predecessors appealed to me. This approach gives you an eclectic range of material from 7th century up to the middle of the 20th century.

What this means is that there are some well known pictures and some quite out of the ordinary. And that is the real attraction, a very mixed bag and I found much I really liked - and some I was less keen on but I may change my mind at some time.

This nicely produced hardback is slightly smaller than A4 size which means the reproductions are clear.

There are many interesting comments made by present day artists about what fascinates them about older work; I can not comment on all 78 -you really need to buy the book! But to give a flavour -
Ilya Kabakov comments on a painting of `Worker' by Kazimir Malevich painted in 1933 the year Ilya was born. They are both Russian, and Ilya suggest that Kazimir was pretending to paint what the authorities wanted but was really showing something else - a woman whose child had been taken away. For me such an insight I found very enlightening.

I find the number of religious themes chosen by today's artists quite encouraging, as if to say that they are not neglecting the spiritual element in art.

Strongly recommended.
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