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    • London Terminal: Frieze Art Fair 2013

    • CV/Visual Arts Research, Book 187
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Joe Van Riper
    • Length: 26 mins
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    Edward Lucie-Smith reviews Frieze Art Fair London 2013, in a critical take on the contemporary scene. It's pretty easy to get the point of the Frieze Masters art fair, now in its second edition, after a very successful start last year. Its purpose is to present the best of the best - or, at the very least, a good slice of the top quality art that is currently on the market. One of the great pleasures of Frieze Masters, this year more than ever, is the accidental confrontations the event manages to set up.

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    • Collecting Contemporary Art

    • Studies in World Art, Book 22
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Jack Wynters
    • Length: 11 mins
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    A good art collection is always much more than the sum of its parts. This applies with especial force to collections of contemporary work. A collection of this kind, whether the collector intends it to be so or not, is always a portrait - a reflection in the mirror of a particular epoch, and, willy-nilly, a self-portrait of the person who takes the trouble to bring it together.

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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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    • 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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    • Michelangelo Drawings

    • Studies in World Art, Book 59
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Joe Van Riper
    • Length: 9 mins
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    The show of Michelangelo drawings at the British Museum in London counted as one of the artistic events of 2006. It is unlikely that the public will have another chance to see such a complete panorama of the artist’s achievement as a draughtsman for many years to come, if indeed ever again. The reasons for this rush to get in are not hard to discover. Michelangelo’s reputation is that of the greatest of all artists. Most of his finished, or near-finished, works are in marble or fresco, and can never leave their locations in Florence or Rome.

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    • Frida Kahlo

    • Studies in World Art, Book 29
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Willis Miller
    • Length: 7 mins
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    Going to the Frida Kahlo exhibition current at Tate Modern in London is like entering the shrine of a secular saint. The rooms are thronged. People peer closely at the paintings, many of them very small. They seem afraid to talk much above a whisper. There are a number of reasons for this reaction. One is Hayden Herrera’s highly readable biography of the artist, first published in 1983, and now established as a classic feminist text. Another is the feminist movement’s general need for heroines, which has had a similar effect on the posthumous reputation of Georgia O’Keeffe. A third, probably the most powerful, reason is Kahlo’s own personality, which combined self-assertion, defiance and masochism in almost equal proportions. In this respect Kahlo can be compared with a slightly later generation of English-language poets, male and female. Prominent among them are Robert Lowell, John Berryman, Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton.

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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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    • Gauguin at Tate Modern

    • Studies in World Art, Book 31
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Joe Van Riper
    • Length: 8 mins
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    The new Gauguin exhibition at Tate Modern in certainly the art event of the year in London. It’s a blockbuster exhibition of a kind that, thanks to the continuing worldwide financial crisis, may soon become extinct. It is also an exhibition that raises important questions about how we currently see and think about art.

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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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    • Giacometti and Frank Auerbach

    • Portraiture and the Pursuit of the Absolute (CV/Visual Arts Research)
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Anthony Fanna
    • Length: 20 mins
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    A study of Giacometti portraits at the National Portrait Gallery London and Frank Auerbach at Tate Britain.

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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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    • 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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    • Ted Hughes: A Modern Wordsworth? A Modern Byron?

    • Studies in World Art, Book 138
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Tim Carper
    • Length: 17 mins
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    Of all the British poets of my generation, Ted Hughes, now nearly 20 years dead, left behind him both the grandest and most sulfurous reputation. The controversies he aroused rumble on, and the hurts, in certain quarters, are still keenly felt. Any life story that comprises not just two but actually three suicides, plus a murder, does wrap a cloak of darkness about itself.

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    • Rothko at the Tate

    • Studies in World Art, Book 68
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Joe Van Riper
    • Length: 6 mins
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    Rothko is now one of those mythical artists, an icon of 20th century creativity, the central figure in a tragic legend. Which means to say that one is pretty much compelled to agree that everything he did was wonderful, a manifestation of genius. I have to say that I find myself increasingly resistant to this approach. Some works by Rothko I do in fact respond to, with their glowing blocks of color.

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    • Body Art and Abjection

    • Studies in World Art, Book 1
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Rick Paradis
    • Length: 22 mins
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    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. Sandow, born Friedrich Wilhelm Müller in Prussia in 1867, left his native country in 1885 in order to avoid military service and first appeared on the London stage in 1885. His real celebrity began when the American impresario Florenz Ziegfield hired him to appear at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exhibition in Chicago.

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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • By Valerie on 09-10-18

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    • Art, Poetry and WW1

    • Cv/Visual Arts Research, Book 191
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: David Micklem
    • Length: 36 mins
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    In this study, Art, Poetry, and WW1 by Edward Lucie-Smith of writing, poetry, and painting in the centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War, the author considers the historical impact on the general psyche of the calamitous events, reflected in the expression of poets and visual artists. He establishes a continuity to the theme with reference to works by Velázquez, Watteau, Goya, and others, in their treatment of the spectacle of battle and the horrors of war and human conflict.

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