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The pursuit of art. Travels, encounters and revelations. Martin Gayford.

By: Gayford, Martin.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Farnborough : Thames & Hudson Ltd. 2019Description: 192 p.ISBN: 9780500094112; 050009411X.DDC classification: 700 Summary: Bestselling author of 'Modernists & Mavericks' Martin Gayford recounts some of the extraordinary journeys he has made in the name of art.0In the course of a career thinking and writing about art, Martin Gayford has travelled all over the world both to see works of art and to meet artists. Gayford's journeys, often to fairly inaccessible places, involve frustrations and complications, but also serendipitous encounters and outcomes, which he makes as much a part of the story as the final destination. Entertaining and informative, Gayford includes trips to see Brancusi's Endless Column in Romania, prehistoric cave art in France, the museum island of Naoshima in Japan, the Judd Foundation in Marfa, Texas, and a Roni Horn work in Iceland. 0Interwoven with these accounts are journeys to meet artists - Robert Rauschenberg in New York, Marina Abramovic in Venice, Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris - or travels with artists, such as a trip to Beijing with Gilbert & George. These encounters not only provide insights into the way artists approach and think about their art but also reveal the importance of their personal environments. And in the process, Gayford discusses how these meetings have impacted on his own evolving ideas and tastes.
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One of our leading art critics and writers, Martin Gayford, recounts his travels and meetings with the world's greatest artists.

In the course of a career thinking and writing about art, critic Martin Gayford has traveled all over the world both to see works of art and to meet artists. Gayford's journeys, often to fairly inaccessible places, involve frustrations and complications, but also serendipitous encounters and outcomes, which he makes as much a part of the story as the final destination. In chapters that are by turns humorous, intriguing, and stimulating, Gayford takes us to places as varied as Brancusi's Endless Column in Romania; prehistoric caves in France; the museum island of Naoshima in Japan; the Judd Foundation in Marfa, Texas; and an exhibition of Roni Horn's work in Iceland.

Interwoven with these tales are journeys to meet artists--Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris, Marina Abramovic´ in Venice, Robert Rauschenberg in New York--and travels with artists, such as a trip to Beijing with Gilbert & George. These encounters not only provide fascinating insights into the way artists approach and think about their art, but reveal the importance of their personal environments.

A perceptive, amusing, and knowledgeable companion, in The Pursuit of Art Gayford takes readers on a tour of art that is immensely entertaining, informative, and eminently readable.

Bestselling author of 'Modernists & Mavericks' Martin Gayford recounts some of the extraordinary journeys he has made in the name of art.0In the course of a career thinking and writing about art, Martin Gayford has travelled all over the world both to see works of art and to meet artists. Gayford's journeys, often to fairly inaccessible places, involve frustrations and complications, but also serendipitous encounters and outcomes, which he makes as much a part of the story as the final destination. Entertaining and informative, Gayford includes trips to see Brancusi's Endless Column in Romania, prehistoric cave art in France, the museum island of Naoshima in Japan, the Judd Foundation in Marfa, Texas, and a Roni Horn work in Iceland. 0Interwoven with these accounts are journeys to meet artists - Robert Rauschenberg in New York, Marina Abramovic in Venice, Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris - or travels with artists, such as a trip to Beijing with Gilbert & George. These encounters not only provide insights into the way artists approach and think about their art but also reveal the importance of their personal environments. And in the process, Gayford discusses how these meetings have impacted on his own evolving ideas and tastes.

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Kirkus Book Review

A passionate globe-trot through the history of art and art appreciation.Spectator art critic Gayford (Modernists and Mavericks: Bacon, Freud, Hockney and the London Painters, 2018, etc.) believes in the power of being present; when it comes to viewing art, "there is no substitute for being there." "The deepest and richest experiences are not virtual but physical," he writes. "They involve looking at real things and talking to real people." The author chronicles his travels from the mountains of China to Marfa, Texas, all in search of a genuine art experience. As a travel writer, Gayford is an exceptional guide: His visit to Trgu Jiu in Romania to see Constantin Brancusi's masterwork Endless Column is an inspirational pilgrimage, while his hunt for Lorenzo Lotto's oeuvre in Northern Italy is a riveting study in unstable itineraries, expectations, and adaptation. Some journeys are simply interviews with contemporary artists like Gerhard Richter and Jenny Saville; while often captivating, they lack the sense of adventure that makes other sections of the collection so transportive. The author's account of his trip to Beijing to cover the British artists Gilbert George is a standout, as it simultaneously functions as a travelogue and an artist profile. While Gayford's passion is contagious and will conjure in readers dreams of travel, he also unintentionally narrows the landscape of art appreciation. "To understand Tintoretto," he writes, "you've really got to go to Venice." While he may be correct, he also effectively pushes a gate closed on casual aficionados who may never make it to Italy. A private visit to Anselm Kiefer's studio organized by the Royal Academy and an exclusive, early viewing of Roni Horn's "Library of Water" in Iceland are rapturous treks to read about, but they also feel within reach only to the financially elite and those with top-tier press credentials.An art expert's often enchanting paean to being there, however inaccessible that pursuit may be. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.