• Art's Prospect

  • The Challenge of Tradition in an Age of Celebrity
  • By: Roger Kimball
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 06-02-04
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 3.2 (32 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this series of essays, Roger Kimball, managing editor of the New Criterion and an art critic for the London Spectator, examines the current art scene with a scathing intelligence and a crystalline eloquence of writing style. Particularly amusing are his dissections of art-show catalogspeak.
©2003 Roger Kimball; (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks
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By Faad on 09-18-06

A wonderful eye opener

I found this audiobook to give me a very profound insight into art. There are lot of so-called object we call art these days. I love the statement that starting in the 60s everyone felt anyone can be an artist. Not everyone is an artist just like not everone can be jesus or budda. Artist have insights which elude most people. Its unfortunate that more poeple don't speak up againest all the trash we are shown as art these days. Roger Kimball is brave and I wish him the best.Great book.

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By Carmen on 04-02-12

Painters, writers and critics should read it.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, but only to profesionals. Not a light reading.

What other book might you compare Art's Prospect to and why?

A Painted House, Thomas Wolff. This is of course is a drier form, maybe more serious and laking the sence of humor Wolff delights us
Even so, for a professional painter, its really a fantastic book

Which scene was your favorite?

When he says that the person who unvoluntary clanes up the mess leaved by Damien Hirst must be the best curator ever

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Hearing about Diebenkorn, he was my teacher long long time ago in California .
I am chilean, and it was my luck to be in the riht place at the right moment

Any additional comments?

For a book that is directed not for a massive public, this is really a delight from beginning to end

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By Jarrod on 03-09-14

Best art criticism writing on Audible.

Would you consider the audio edition of Art's Prospect to be better than the print version?

Yes I would. Listening to this whilst driving or walking was an absolute pleasure.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the scope of artists that Kimball discusses. While he is highly critical of conceptual artists, he evokes the beauty and vitality of various impressionists, grand masters and several contemporary artists with mastery. This book is worth reading, especially if you are easily bored with dry "history of art" or are disillusioned with rambling "art speak".

What does Christopher Lane bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narrator brings the authors wit and sarcasm to life, however I would have preferred an English accent. This is good because American narrators tend to annoy me because they tend to suck the life out of a piece.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I loved how Kimball bagged out the Whitney Biennale - spot on! But also loved that I was introduced to wonderful new artists like Odd Nerdrum.

Any additional comments?

If you like the art criticism of Robert Hughes, this book is the closed thing you'll find on Audible, as the site really lacks a decent collection of audiobooks on art criticism.

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