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By Joseph Romero

LOS ANGELES, 22 JUNE 2013 — The late American novelist John Updike's writings on fine art are the penultimate reading pleasure for those who appreciate fine writing as much as great art. As in his first collection, Mr. Updike's ability to apply le mot juste to what he sees is ever apparent without being a distraction. This time round, however, one is more aware of Updike's stylistic evolution from observations and assessments of exhibitions seen in the mid 1990s to those of more recent vintage. Thankfully though, he avoids the kind of curatorial or theoretical cotton wool that can make some artist monographs or exhibition catalogues tedious or long-winded. In this handsome volume, his essays on Edouard Vuillard, Max Beckmann and the collecting spirit and taste of Stephen and Sterling Clark are particularly insightful, as are his wry remarks (Gold and Geld) on the acquisition and presentation of the $135 million portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer by Gustav Klimt bought by the Lauder cosmetics fortune for their Neue Galerie on Fifth Avenue in New York.


Always Looking: Essays on Art
By John Updike
Christopher Carduff, Editor
Hardcover: 224 pages
Knopf; First Edition (November 2012)
ISBN-10: 9780307957306
ISBN-13: 978-0307957306
ASIN: 0307957306

Joseph Romero is Editor in Chief of Culturekiosque. He last wrote on the BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors.

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