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Roy Lichtenstein: How Modern Art Was Saved by Donald Duck  (Penguin Special) ((Kindle Single) ) by [Sooke, Alastair]
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Sooke is an immensely engaging character. He has none of the weighty self-regard that often afflicts art experts and critics; rather he approaches his subjects with a questioning, open, exploratory attitude (Sarah Vine The Times)

His shows are excellent - clever, lively, scholarly, but not too lecturey; he's very good at linking his painters with the world outside the studio, and at how these artists have affected the world today (Sam Wollaston reviewing 'Modern Masters' Guardian)

About the Author

Alastair Sooke is deputy art critic of the Daily Telegraph. He has written and presented documentaries on television and radio for the BBC, including Modern Masters, an acclaimed BBC One series that chronicled modern art in the twentieth century. Since 2009 he has reported regularly for The Culture Show on BBC Two. He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford, and at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4690 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (1 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B2ED3MA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #274,714 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As a fan of Lichtenstein's work but not really knowing much about the background 'How Modern Art...' provides a fascinating insight into Lichtenstein's early life, his first pop art creations and his subsequent classics. Written in Sooke's accessible and interesting style 'How Modern Art...' has certainly wetted my appetite for the upcoming Lichtenstein exhibition at the Tate Modern (at time of writing) and I can now go armed with a further knowledge that will surely enhance my experience.

I absolutely love the penguin cover of the paper back that's been 'Lichtensteined.' There's no examples of the paintings in the book (with the exception of 'Look Mickey') but I believe the Kindle edition has. However I did enjoy looking them up on google as I read along. The only downside is the length, at only 50 pages I could easily have, and in fact wanted to, read more. But then isn't that the sign of a good book?
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Having had the opportunity to visit the Roy Lichtenstein retrospective exhibition at Tate Modern, this little book provided very useful background information. It answered the question of why Lichtenstein broke away so definitively from the Modern Expressionism of his contempories and created, in its place, the Pop Art concept for which he became justifiably famous. The book deals with his ideas on 'high' and 'low' art, authorship and originality in a very readable style. Highly recommended for those who are interested in this artist's iconic work.
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I have watched and enjoyed Alistair Sooke's television programmes, and this book was not a disappointment. It is fun and informative - t's not academic scholarship, but seems completely appropriate for Lichtenstein and Pop Art.
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By Rosey Lea TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 May 2013
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This was an utterly perfect guide to Lichtenstein for anyone going to the exhibition at the Tate Modern. It's short, easy to follow (without being patronising), assumes no previous knowledge of the painter, and didn't shy away from the debate over Lichtenstein's work (genius or plagiarist).

It's also perfect for Kindle (although I do think the paperback copy is a little overpriced for such a short book).

If Mr Sooke would consider doing books like this for all of the Tate's (and other's) major art exhibitions I'd be first in the queue to buy them.
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A great little book for those studying modern art at university and yet it also hits the spot for those just interested or curious about this topic. A well written book by Alastair Sooke who gets to grips with the issues surrounding 'Pop Art' in a relatively easy way to understand.
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This is a simple to read essay, giving oodles of information in an informal manner - ideal if you are not an art historian but want to understand the background to the artist and his work. In fact, it galvanized me into buying a catalogue of the artist's work.
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The reproduced pictures are very small on the Kindle. The title is misleading: he was an influential artist, but he didn't save world art. There is quite a lot of information on the web, you can save the cost of the book.
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