Saturday, June 20, 2009

DeKooning American Master

I finished this 600 + page book this week and have been participating in a Twitter book club reading it. The Twitter experience was novel- the 160 character limit to posts certainly kept long winded discourse to a minimum.
The book is extraordinary and I recommend it to anyone. For artists, it is an insightful look into the art and life of a seminal painter written by two critics who offer penetrating analysis of his painting. For others, it provides a wonderful introduction to the development of abstract expressionism which brought the US to the forefront of painting. It reads like a novel. I expected it to be a slog but I tore through it in a week. If you want to read some of the comments on Twitter check out #dekooning on the subject line.

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