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    • Pollock/Picasso: The European Vanguard Versus American Modernism

    • Studies in World Art, Book 112
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Paul Jenkins
    • Length: 40 mins
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    This audiobook considers the magnetic poles of post-war modernism and the towering figures of Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock. The essay considers the history of French avant-garde art led by Picasso to the post-war years and the increasing dominance of American artists foregrounded by the advent of Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s.

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    • Good comparison of two great artists.

    • By Gordis218 on 08-08-18

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    • Andrea Palladio

    • Studies in World Art, Book 5
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Don Wang
    • Length: 6 mins
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    Andrea Palladio is the most influential architect who ever lived - much more so than those heroes of the Modern Movement - Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe. It is significant that buildings we call "Palladian" are still being built today - for example, by the British architect Quinlan Terry. Palladio’s ideas were disseminated not only by his buildings, but also, even more effectively, by his writings, most notably by his didactic masterpiece, I Quattro Libri dell’Architettura (The Four Books of Architecture), published in 1570.

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    • Ai Weiwei: And the Evolution of Political Art

    • Studies in World Art, Book 90
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Anthony Howard
    • Length: 21 mins
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    Ben Luke, resident art critic of the London Evening Standard, calls Ai Weiwei "probably the most famous artist in the world. He has transcended the world of museums and galleries, and exerts a newsworthiness that no other artist competes with." This statement, if one bothers to look through the kind of publicity that Ai now attracts - thanks to the digital revolution most of this is easily available with a few clicks on one’s computer - is self-evidently true.  

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    • Alex Katz

    • Studies in World Art, Book 4
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Joe Van Riper
    • Length: 15 mins
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    Alex Katz is one of the great survivors of a heroic period in American art. He is also one of the great unclassifiables. At various times he has been described both as a Pop artist and as a classic American Realist, though critics admit that he does not fit comfortably into either of these categories. What most people admit, however, is that he reflects and presents aspects of American culture and American landscape in a uniquely skillful and economical way.

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    • The Private John Singer Sargent

    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: David Micklem
    • Length: 25 mins
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    An essay by Edward Lucie-Smith explores aspects of the mysterious and private character of the renowned American society artist John Singer Sargent.

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    • A wonderful voice reads a fascinating bio

    • By Amazon Customer on 07-01-18

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    • The Dance of Death

    • CV/Visual Arts Research, Book 179
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Barry Shannon
    • Length: 45 mins
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    Edward Lucie-Smith examines Hans Holbein's famous series of prints, The Dance of Death, together with associated works, such as various artistic variations on the theme of Death and the Maiden. In addition, Lucie-Smith looks at some famous images made on the theme of war, notably the prints of Jacques Callot and the bitter social studies of Goya y Lucientes.

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    • Goya: Between Two Worlds

    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Teague Dean
    • Length: 32 mins
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    A study of a later period album of drawings on the theme of old women and nightmares by Francisco Goya exhibited at the Courtauld Gallery London, with reference to his supernatural "Black Paintings".

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    • Censoring the Body

    • Studies in World Art, Book 18
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Teague Dean
    • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
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    From the earliest times, human beings have found it difficult to represent their own bodies in a straightforward way. The rare painted images of humans in Paleolithic art are much less naturalistic than the images of animals created at the same epoch. At the dawn of art, representations of the nude body were simply vehicles for statement about the need for fertility if the human race was to survive successfully.

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    • Edward Lucie-Smith: Uncollected Writings - Studies of Western Art

    • Cv/Visual Arts Research, Book 152
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Simon Barber
    • Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
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    An anthology of essays and reviews by the eminent art historian and writer, Edward Lucie-Smith. The articles cover a broad span, from the Italian Renaissance of Giotto and Antonello da Messina, Leonardo, and Michelangelo, progressing to Rubens, Velázquez, and Ingres, with essays on William Hogarth, John Constable, and John Everett Millais for British art. With the experience of his landmark publications on modern art, which remain in print, the author sweeps the listener on a fabulous journey of perception.

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    • What It Is to Curate

    • Cv/Visual Arts Research, Book 174
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Joe Van Riper
    • Length: 23 mins
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    Anyone who Googles the phrase curatorial theory will immediately come upon quite a long list of suggested websites. Sometimes it is a little difficult to be sure if the texts offered are intended to be taken entirely seriously. However, if I hack my way through the dense thickets of language, I find myself in agreement with what they seem to be trying to say, which is that curating an exhibition - or for that matter, a website - is not an end in itself.

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    • Yayoi Kusama

    • Studies in World Art, Book 89
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Tim Carper
    • Length: 9 mins
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    Yayoi Kusama is now one of Japan’s best-known contemporary artists. She was the recipient of her country’s Praemium Imperiale for painting in 2006 - the most prestigious award Japan can offer to any painter, native or foreign. Her rise to fame has been unconventional, even by the standards of the art world of the 21st century, where eccentricities of all kinds pass without question.

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    • The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

    • Cv/Visual Arts Research, Book 149
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Denise Kahn
    • Length: 56 mins
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    Explores the structure and development of the Pre-Raphaelite movement in the mid-19th century and works that figure among the most enduring and generally popular in British art. Renowned writer and art critic Edward Lucie-Smith contributes a study of the brotherhood of seven artists and their interconnection and intricate links with the social establishment of the time. James Cahill has a special interest in the movement, having studied Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Holman Hunt. He reviews a major exhibition of 150 works at Tate Britain launched in September 2012.

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    • Georgia O'Keeffe: A 20th Century Populist

    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Mark Ballinger
    • Length: 12 mins
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    Georgia O’Keeffe is a slightly odd case in the story of American art. She became famous very early, thanks to the efforts of her patron, lover, and eventual husband Alfred Stieglitz. Having been a leading figure in the New York art world, she eventually withdrew from that to become the central presence in a new kind of regionalism, focused not on the Midwest but New Mexico and, in particular, on the art scene in and around Santa Fe.

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    • Magical Thinking: Why the Avant-Garde Is Now History

    • Studies in World Art, Book 140
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Jack Wynters
    • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
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    The word avant-garde, so much used in connection with the various manifestations of contemporary art, is starting to have a strange, ironic ring to it. One might even claim that it is starting to signify what is behind the times, rather than in front of them. Like all such terms, it is in fact a metaphor, rather than a direct description. Borrowed from old-fashioned military terminology, it seeks to describe a situation where social norms are being perpetually challenged by artists. In the military sphere, where it originated, it is long out of use.

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    • Pissing on the Pissoir

    • Studies in World Art, Book 132
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Joe Van Riper
    • Length: 10 mins
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    Dr. Glyn Thompson’s digital book, Duchamp’s Urinal? The Facts Behind the Façade, at first tends to make the heart sink. Dr. Thompson has done his homework, and he is insistent that you should do it too. "No skipping over the chapter-and-verse, boy, in search of something a bit racier." Some of the facts are, however, sufficiently racy in themselves. The urinal, or Fountain, as it is now officially called, turns out not to have been the work - or wheeze - of Duchamp himself, but that of a mad German baroness.

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    • A Stagnant Art World

    • Studies in World Art, Book 136
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Jack Wynters
    • Length: 17 mins
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    This may seem a funny moment to proclaim that nothing much is happening in art - certainly not in contemporary art. In many ways, the art world has never seemed more vibrant and active, and this activity is increasingly focused on what is defined as contemporary. There hasn’t, in fact, been a moment like this in the relatively recent history of art since the mid-19th century. If one looks at the years of political and economic chaos between 1789 and 1815, as the fortunes of war swayed back and forth, this is not surprising.

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    • Aspects of Jasper Johns

    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith, Nicholas James
    • Narrated by: Eric Elliott
    • Length: 25 mins
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    An introductory essay by Edward Lucie-Smith, "The Enigma of Jasper Johns", explores the art, analysing its development from the 1950s to the exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.

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    • Joseph Beuys

    • Studies in World Art, Book 42
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Ian Kingsley
    • Length: 12 mins
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    Many people - among them, most art-world insiders - think that Joseph Beuys was the most important artist of the second half of the 20th century. Beuys was many things - a shaman, a trickster, a charismatic social and political activist. He spearheaded the return to prominence of the German avant-garde post-World War II, and his impact on both the European and American art worlds continues to be felt today, nearly 20 years after his death in January 1986.

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    • The Modern Shaman

    • Cv/Visual Arts Research, Book 173
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Paul Bright
    • Length: 30 mins
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    There is an increasing tendency to set up body artists and performance artists - the two categories are often interchangeable - as the real heroes and heroines of the contemporary avant-garde. In fact, we need to look much further back for its beginnings. The first body art performer, as well as the first professional bodybuilder, was the showman, Eugene Sandow (1867-1925). Though Sandow’s heyday occurred before the birth of the Modern Movement, there are compelling reasons for giving the primacy to him.

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    • Rembrandt and Turner: Mythical Masters

    • CV/Visual Arts Research
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Jim Spring
    • Length: 44 mins
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    The monograph publishes a study of Rembrandt van Rijn and JMW Turner at the National Gallery and Tate Britain in exhibitions of their later works.

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