Cv/VAR 155 presents a review by James Cahill of an exhibition by the renowned artist Francesco Clemente (b. 1952), exploring his first show in London for seven years. The monograph includes a conversation recorded with the artist in which he discusses the new paintings, and the ideas which grounded their development. Clemente embodies a binding of different cultures: the Italian Renaissance, Eastern philosophy of Buddhism and the Mandala; formed in a life divided between New York and India.
I like Clemente’s paintings, so I was happy to buy this audiobook. However, the narrator is too breezy, too lilting, almost as it’s a chore for her. There is no weight to the sentences. Cahill’s art-historical text is given short shrift, and that is unfortunate.
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Where does Francesco Clemente rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I feel that this is one book that has to be discovered in print format. It's harder to grasp what's really being read to me, if Icant see the pages and or images of topics being discussed
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
The writer's knowledge and background of the content.
Which character – as performed by Anneliese Rennie – was your favorite?
Annelise Rennie has a knack for reading a book that makes it clear to listeners. Her tone of voice was perfect with the overall mood set for the book at hand. I enjoy listening to her read.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No, because it needs to accompany a print version for it to be better. I felt it's contents were lost on me. This wasn't a topic that should only be listened to alone. It should be listened to as well as following along using the print copy.
Any additional comments?
I found the topic interesting as I love art.