Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees

Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees
Author: Lawrence Weschler
Pages: 310
ISBN: 9780520256095
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Release: 2008
Editor: Univ of California Press
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

"Robert Irwin, perhaps the most influential of the California artists, moved from his beginnings in abstract expressionism through successive shifts in style and sensibility, into a new aesthetic territory altogether, one where philosophical concepts of perception and the world interact. Weschler has charted the journey with exceptional clarity and cogency. He has also, in the process, provided what seems to me the best running history of postwar West Coast art that I have yet seen."—Calvin Tomkins

Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees

Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees
Author: Lawrence Weschler,Robert Irwin
Pages: 212
ISBN: 0520045955
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Release: 1982-01-01
Editor: Univ of California Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Traces the life and career of the California artist, who currently works with pure light and the subtle modulation of empty space

Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees

Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees
Author: Lawrence Weschler,Robert Irwin
Pages: 212
ISBN: 0520049209
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Release: 1982
Editor: Univ of California Press
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

'On its more radical fringes, modern art merges with modern philosophy, and this excellent, provocative profile...points up the extent to which the act of percepton, rather than any specific objects, has become the subject of the avant-garde California artist's work....Weschler has a knack for clarifying avstruse artistic and philosophical concepts.

True to Life

True to Life
Author: Lawrence Weschler
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780520258792
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Release: 2009-01-26
Editor: University of California Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Soon after the book's publication in 1982, artist David Hockney read Lawrence Weschler's Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: A Life of Contemporary Artist Robert Irwin and invited Weschler to his studio to discuss it, initiating a series of engrossing dialogues, gathered here for the first time. Weschler chronicles Hockney's protean production and speculations, including his scenic designs for opera, his homemade xerographic prints, his exploration of physics in relation to Chinese landscape painting, his investigations into optical devices, his taking up of watercolor—and then his spectacular return to oil painting, around 2005, with a series of landscapes of the East Yorkshire countryside of his youth. These conversations provide an astonishing record of what has been Hockney's grand endeavor, nothing less than an exploration of "the structure of seeing" itself.

Boggs

Boggs
Author: Lawrence Weschler
Pages: 160
ISBN: 0226893960
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Release: 2000-11-15
Editor: University of Chicago Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Boggs: A Comedy of Values teases out these transactions and their sometimes dramatic legal consequences, following Boggs on a larkish, though at the same time disconcertingly profound, econo-philosophic chase. For in a madcap Socratic fashion, Boggs is raising all sorts of truly fundamental questions - what is it that we value in art, or, for that matter, in money? Indeed, how do we place a value on anything at all? And in particular, why do we, why should we, how can we place such trust in anything as confoundingly insubstantial as paper money?

Robert Irwin Getty Garden

Robert Irwin Getty Garden
Author: Lawrence Weschler
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9781606066560
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Release: 2020-06-18
Editor: Getty Publications
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A beautifully illustrated, accessible volume about one of the Getty Center’s best-loved sites. Among the most beloved sites at the Getty Center, the Central Garden has aroused intense interest from the moment artist Robert Irwin was awarded the commission. First published in 2002, Robert Irwin Getty Garden is comprised of a series of discussions between noted author Lawrence Weschler and Irwin, providing a lively account of what Irwin has playfully termed “a sculpture in the form of a garden aspiring to be art.” The text revolves around four garden walks: extended conversations in which the artist explains the critical choices he made—from plant materials to steel—in the creation of a living work of art that has helped to redefine what a modern garden can and should be. This updated edition features new photography of the Central Garden in a smaller, more accessible format.

Notes Toward a Conditional Art

Notes Toward a Conditional Art
Author: Robert Irwin
Pages: 332
ISBN: 9781606060759
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Release: 2011
Editor: Getty Publications
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"Devoted to the writings of this seminal post-war American artist. Fully half of these writings, which span a period from the mid-1960s through the 1990s, are published here for the very first time"--Dust jacket.

Jack Goldstein and the CalArts Mafia

Jack Goldstein and the CalArts Mafia
Author: Richard Hertz
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781936102211
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Release: 2011-09-01
Editor: Hol Art Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Jack Goldstein and the CalArts Mafia is the compelling story of artist Jack Goldstein and some of his classmates at CalArts, who in the early 1970s went to New York and led the transition from conceptualism to Pictures art, utilizing images from television and movies with which they had grown up. At the same time, they discovered an artworld increasingly consumed by the desire for fame, fortune and the perks of success. The book is anchored by Jack's narratives of the early days of CalArts and the last days of Chouinard; the New York art world of the 70s and 80s; the trials and tribulations of finding and maintaining success; his inter-personal relationships; and his disappearance from the art scene. Goldsteins's own recollections are complemented by the first person narratives of his friends, including John Baldessari, Troy Brauntuch, Rosetta Brooks, Jean Fisher, Robert Longo, Matt Mullican and James Welling. There are provocative portraits of many well known artworld personalities of the 80s, including Mary Boone, David Salle, and Helene Winer, all working in a time when "the competitive spirit was strong and often brutal, caring little about anything but oneself and making lots of money.": "a biting, controversial, contradictory, hilarious, and riveting read ...," Mariah Corrigan, caa.reviews:: "a first-rate contribution to the history of contemporary art," David Carrier, artUS

A Miracle a Universe

A Miracle  a Universe
Author: Lawrence Weschler
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780307819031
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Release: 2013-01-02
Editor: Pantheon
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In recent years as countries around the globe have begun to move from dictatorial to more democratic systems of governance, no more traumatic (or dramatic) ethical problem has arisen than what to do with the previous regime’s torturers. In most cases, the security and military apparatuses, responsible for the overwhelming majority of human-rights abuses, still retain tremendous power—and will not abide any settling of accounts. Now, New Yorker staff reporter Lawrence Weschler tells the extraordinary story of how, against tremendous odds, torture victims and human-rights activists in two Latin American countries—Brazil and Uruguay—tried to bring their torturers to justice and to rehabilitate their whole societies from harrowing periods of silence and repression. In this first of his two accounts, he tells how a tiny group of torture victims, clerics, and human-rights activists in Brazil launched an extremely risky, nonviolent plot to get even with the former torturers by publishing an indisputable account of their savage system of repression—indisputable because it is drawn from the regime’s own files. In the second, set in Uruguay, he tells how a more broadly-based movement attempted to bring to light the dark history of a military regime engaged in more political incarceration per capita than any other on earth at that time. In this illuminating and beautifully written book (portions of which appeared in five issues of The New Yorker), Weschler examines what a small number of individuals can do to retrieve history and truth from the hands of torturers.

Vermeer in Bosnia

Vermeer in Bosnia
Author: Lawrence Weschler
Pages: 412
ISBN: 9780679777403
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Release: 2005
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

More than twenty short works by the Pulitzer Prize-finalist author of Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder include a profile of film director Roman Polanski, a furniture designer's struggles with Parkinson's disease, and David Hockney's unusual experiments with photography. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.

Uncanny Valley

Uncanny Valley
Author: Lawrence Weschler
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781582438412
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Release: 2011-10-01
Editor: Catapult
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Shuttling between cultural comedies and political tragedies, Lawrence Weschler's articles have throughout his long career intrigued readers with his unique insight into everything he examines, from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Uncanny Valley continues the page–turning conversation as Weschler collects the best of his narrative nonfiction from the past fifteen years. The title piece surveys the hapless efforts of digital animators to fashion a credible human face, the endlessly elusive gold standard of the profession. Other highlights include profiles of novelist Mark Salzman, as he wrestles with a hilariously harrowing bout of writer's block; the legendary film and sound editor Walter Murch, as he is forced to revisit his work on Apocalypse Now in the context of the more recent Iraqi war film Jarhead; and the artist Vincent Desiderio, as he labors over an epic canvas portraying no less than a dozen sleeping figures. With his signature style and endless ability to wonder, Weschler proves yet again that the "world is strange, beautiful, and connected" (The Globe and Mail). Uncanny Valley demonstrates his matchless ability to analyze the marvels he finds in places and people and offers us a new, sublime way of seeing the world.

Everything that Rises

Everything that Rises
Author: Lawrence Weschler
Pages: 232
ISBN: UOM:39015063649399
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Release: 2006
Editor: McSweeneys Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From a cuneiform tablet to a Chicago prison, from the depths of the cosmos to the text on our T-shirts, art historian and journalist Lawrence Weschler finds strange connections wherever he looks. The farther one travels (through geography, through art, through science, through time), the more everything seems to converge -- at least, it does through Weschler's giddy, brilliant eyes. Weschler combines his keen insights into art (both contemporary and Renaissance), his years of experience as a chronicler of the fall of Communism, and his triumphs and failures as the father of a teenage girl into a series of essays that are sure to illuminate, educate, and astound.

Domestic Scenes The Art of Ramiro Gomez

Domestic Scenes  The Art of Ramiro Gomez
Author: Lawrence Weschler
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781613129937
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Release: 2016-04-12
Editor: Abrams
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Award-winning author Lawrence Weschler’s book on the young Mexican American artist Ramiro Gomez explores questions of social equity and the chasms between cultures and classes in America. Gomez, born in 1986 in San Bernardino, California, to undocumented Mexican immigrant parents, bridges the divide between the affluent wealthy and their usually invisible domestic help—the nannies, gardeners, housecleaners, and others who make their lifestyles possible—by inserting images of these workers into sly pastiches of iconic David Hockney paintings, subtly doctoring glossy magazine ads, and subversively slotting life-size painted cardboard cutouts into real-life situations. Domestic Scenes engages with Gomez and his work, offering an inspiring vision of the purposes and possibilities of art.

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat And Other Clinical Tales

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat  And Other Clinical Tales
Author: Oliver Sacks
Pages: 243
ISBN: 9780684853949
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Release: 1998
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Presents a series of stories about men and women who, representing both medical and literary oddities, raise fundamental questions about the nature of reality

Educating Everybody s Children

Educating Everybody s Children
Author: Robert W. Cole W. Cole
Pages: 295
ISBN: 9781416612490
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Release: 2008-06-15
Editor: ASCD
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Designed to promote reflection, discussion, and action among the entire learning community, Educating Everybody's Children encapsulates what research has revealed about successfully addressing the needs of students from economically, ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse groups and identifies a wide range of effective principles and instructional strategies. Although good teaching works well with all students, educators must develop an extensive repertoire of instructional tools to meet the varying needs of students from diverse backgrounds. Those tools and the knowledge base behind them are the foundation of this expanded and revised second edition of Educating Everybody's Children. Each strategy discussed in the book includes classroom examples and a list of the research studies that support it. The most important thing we have learned as a result of the education reform movement is that student achievement stands or falls on the motivation and skills of teachers. We must ensure that all teachers are capable of delivering a standards‐based curriculum that describes what students should know and be able to do, and that these standards are delivered by means of a rich and engaging "pedagogy of plenty." By these two acts we can ensure that all schools will be ready and able to educate everybody's children.

Screendance

Screendance
Author: Douglas Rosenberg
Pages: 216
ISBN: 9780199772629
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Release: 2012-07-05
Editor: Oxford University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The practice of dance and the technologies of representation has excited artists since the advent of film. This book weaves together theory from art and dance as well as appropriate historical reference material to propose a new theory of screendance, one that frames it within the discourse of post-modern art practice.

Waves Passing in the Night

Waves Passing in the Night
Author: Lawrence Weschler
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781632867209
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Release: 2017-01-31
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From Pulitzer Prize nominee Lawrence Weschler, a fascinating profile of Walter Murch, a film legend and amateur astrophysicist whose investigations could reshape our understanding of the universe. For film aficionados, Walter Murch is legendary--a three-time Academy Award winner, arguably the most admired sound and film editor in the world for his work on Apocalypse Now, The Godfather trilogy, The English Patient, and many others. Outside of the studio, his mind is wide-ranging; his passion, pursued for several decades, has been astrophysics, in particular the rehabilitation of Titius-Bode, a long-discredited 18th century theory regarding the patterns by which planets and moons array themselves in gravitational systems across the universe. Though as a consummate outsider he's had a hard time attracting any sort of comprehensive hearing from professional astrophysicists, Murch has made advances that even some of them find intriguing, including a connection between Titius Bode and earlier notions--going back past Kepler and Pythagorus--of musical harmony in the heavens. Unfazed by rejection, ever probing, Murch perseveres in the highest traditions of outsider science. Lawrence Weschler brings Murch's quest alive in all its seemingly quixotic, yet still plausible, splendor, probing the basis for how we know what we know, and who gets to say. "The wholesale rejection of alternative theories has repeatedly held back the progress of vital science," Weschler observes, citing early twentieth-century German amateur Alfred Wegener, whose speculations about continental drift were ridiculed at first, only to be accepted as fact decades later. Theoretical physicist Lee Smolin says "It is controversy that brings science alive"--and Murch's quest does that in spades. His fascination with the way the planets and their moons are arranged opens up the field of celestial mechanics for general readers, sparking an awareness of the vast and (to us) invisible forces constantly at play in the universe.

When You Reach Me

When You Reach Me
Author: Rebecca Stead
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9780375892691
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Release: 2009-07-14
Editor: Wendy Lamb Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"Like A Wrinkle in Time (Miranda's favorite book), When You Reach Me far surpasses the usual whodunit or sci-fi adventure to become an incandescent exploration of 'life, death, and the beauty of it all.'" —The Washington Post This Newbery Medal winner that has been called "smart and mesmerizing," (The New York Times) and "superb" (The Wall Street Journal) will appeal to readers of all types, especially those who are looking for a thought-provoking mystery with a mind-blowing twist. Shortly after a fall-out with her best friend, sixth grader Miranda starts receiving mysterious notes, and she doesn’t know what to do. The notes tell her that she must write a letter—a true story, and that she can’t share her mission with anyone. It would be easy to ignore the strange messages, except that whoever is leaving them has an uncanny ability to predict the future. If that is the case, then Miranda has a big problem—because the notes tell her that someone is going to die, and she might be too late to stop it. Winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Fiction A New York Times Bestseller and Notable Book Five Starred Reviews A Junior Library Guild Selection "Absorbing." —People "Readers ... are likely to find themselves chewing over the details of this superb and intricate tale long afterward." —The Wall Street Journal "Lovely and almost impossibly clever." —The Philadelphia Inquirer "It's easy to imagine readers studying Miranda's story as many times as she's read L'Engle's, and spending hours pondering the provocative questions it raises." —Publishers Weekly, Starred review

This Land

This Land
Author: Lawrence Weschler,David Opdyke
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781580935562
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Release: 2020-10-20
Editor: Monacelli Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

David Opdyke's massive collage This Land as detailed in this book by award-winning author Lawrence Weschler presents a trenchant satire of climate change and the American Dream. This Land is a large-scale (16 x 10') collage of treated vintage American postcards by American artist David Opdyke. What at first looks like a gridwork of colorful tiles portraying a panoramic bird's eye view of an alpine valley reveal upon closer inspection that it is composed of vintage postcards from the early twentieth century. Comprising more than 500 postcards, each one portraying a distinct slice of idealized Americana (town squares, mountain highways, recently completed dams, main streets and county seats, lakes and rivers)--it becomes clear that Opdyke has layered diminutively painted interventions of his own. In this refashioning, forests are aflame, tornados ravage scenes from one card into the next, a steamboat lolling up the Mississippi is swallowed up whole by some sort of invasive new species, frogs fall from the sky. The human response looks like a cacophony of cults and cons, panic and denial. Biplanes trail banners urging "Repent Now!," others insist "Legislative Action Would Be Premature," while still others beg, "Build the Sea Wall!" The book This Land allows readers a close viewing that allows them to focus on the amusing and disturbing satirical details that Opdyke details, enlivened by Lawrence Weschler's lively style of artist profile, critical interpretation, and humorous riffing. A deep exploration of this intricate artwork, This Land is a rich document whose relevance and reach will unfortunately only grow.

Everything Is Spiritual

Everything Is Spiritual
Author: Rob Bell
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781250620576
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Release: 2020-09-15
Editor: St. Martin's Essentials
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

I’ve had a sense since I was young that there’s more going on here, that the world is not a cold, dead place, that it’s alive in some compelling and mysterious way. This book is about that sense. I’ve tried to listen to it, and follow it, and trust it. It’s been devastating at times, intoxicating at others, heartbreaking and maddening and euphoric——how do you make sense of this experience we’re having here on this ball of rock hurtling through space at 67,000 miles an hour? There are big questions: Everything is made of particles and atoms, and the universe has been expanding for thirteen billion years? And then there are those other questions, about the people and places and events that have shaped us. HOWEVER MASSIVE AND COSMIC IT ALL IS, IT’S ALSO REALLY, REALLY PERSONAL. AND SPIRITUAL. THAT’S THE WORD FOR IT. That’s the sense I’ve been following for a while now——this awareness that there’s something bigger happening in the depth and complexity and struggle of life, something that connects us all, reminding us that it all matters and it’s all headed somewhere. Part memoir, part confession, part extended riff on the endlessly evolving nature of reality, Everything Is Spiritual is an invitation to see what you’ve been a part of this whole time.