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Well - so much for chatting,
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This review is from: Hang-Ups: Essays on Painting (Mostly): A Collection of Essays on Art (Paperback)
Simon Schama is one of my favorite chatterers. He is able to write charmingly about almost any topic and one might perhaps with pleasure be "carried on his back", glimpsing together with him at his chosen topics while he is commenting. However, as far as the essays on art art are concerned, I would like to make a few reserves, especially about the essay on Anselm Kiefer. Having been born in the same year in Germany as Kiefer (1945), I would like to say that I cannot entirely identify with Schamas viewpoints on "Kiefer's visial rhetoric" (sic). In fact, many essays collected in this book are of diffent quality, yet still somewhat entertaining to read. Mostly, because Schama tries to make art palatable to the great public. A difficult task when applying to some hermetic artists like Anselm Kiefer, Cy Twombly ...