We Need Diverse Ya Sale
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Original Essays | June 3, 2015

    Jami Attenberg: IMG Long Live the Queen of the Bowery



    Previous to Saint Mazie, I've only ever written about characters I've made up from scratch before. Then I read an essay by Joseph Mitchell in his... Continue »

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$19.95
New Flexible
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
2 Burnside Art- Theory and Criticism

Air Guitar: Essays on Art & Democracy

by

Air Guitar: Essays on Art & Democracy Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Newsweek calls him andldquo;exhilarating and deeply engaging.andrdquo; Time Out New York calls him andldquo;smart, provocative, and a great writer.andrdquo; Critic Peter Schjeldahl, meanwhile, simply calls him andldquo;My hero.andrdquo; Thereandrsquo;s no one in the art world quite like Dave Hickeyandmdash;and a new book of his writing is an event.

and#160;

25 Women will not disappoint. The book collects Hickeyandrsquo;s best and most important writing about female artists from the past twenty years. But this is far more than a compilation: Hickey has revised each essay, bringing them up to date and drawing out common themes. Written in Hickeyandrsquo;s trademark styleandmdash;accessible, witty, and powerfully illuminatingandmdash;25 Women analyzes the work of Joan Mitchell, Bridget Riley, Fiona Rae, Lynda Benglis, Karen Carson, and many others. Hickey discusses their work as work, bringing politics and gender into the discussion only where it seems warranted by the art itself. The resulting book is not only a deep engagement with some of the most influential and innovative contemporary artists, but also a reflection on the life and role of the critic: the decisions, judgments, politics, and ethics that critics negotiate throughout their careers in the art world.

and#160;

Always engaging, often controversial, and never dull, Dave Hickey is a writer who gets people excitedandmdash;and talkingandmdash;about art. 25 Women will thrill his many fans, and make him plenty of new ones.

Synopsis:

The 23 essays (or love songs) that make up the now classic volume Air Guitar trawl a vast, invisible underground empire of pleasure, through record stores, honky-tonks, art galleries, jazz clubs, cocktail lounges, surf shops and hot-rod stores, as restlessly on the move as the America they depict. Air Guitar pioneered a kind of plain-talking in cultural criticism, willingly subjective and always candid and direct. A valuable reading tool for art lovers, neophytes, students and teachers alike, Hickey's book--now in its third edition--has galvanized a generation of art lovers, with new takes on Norman Rockwell, Robert Mapplethorpe, Stan Brakhage, Andy Warhol and Perry Mason. In June 2009, Newsweek voted Air Guitar one of the top 50 books that open a window on the times we live in, whether they deal directly with the issues of today or simply help us see ourselves in new and surprising ways, and described the book as a seamless blend of criticism, personal history, and a deep appreciation for the sheer nuttiness of American life.

Dave Hickey (born 1939) is one of today's most revered and widely read art writers. He has written for Rolling Stone, Art News, Art in America, Artforum and Vanity Fair among many others.

Synopsis:

Air Guitar is renegade art critic and Art Issues editor Dave Hickey's assessment of the beauties and potentialities of American culture, "high" and "low, " presented in a series of reflections on his experiences as the child of a jazz musician, abortive graduate student, amateur art dealer, professional songwriter, music journalist, and resident of Las Vegas.

About the Author

Dave Hickeyand#160;writes cultural criticism. He is former executive editor ofand#160;Art in America and the author of Air Guitar. He has served as a contributing editor for the Village Voiceand#160;and as the arts editor of theand#160;Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He is now a professor of English at the University of Nevadaand#8211;Las Vegas.

Table of Contents

A Ladiesandrsquo; Man Introduction

Alexis Smith My Pal Alex

Joan Mitchell Epigramata

Lynda Benglis Fire on the Water

Vija Celmins The Path Itself

Pia Fries The Remains of Today

Fiona Banner The Beauty of Our Weapons

Sarah Charlesworth Embracing the Beast

Mary Heilman Surfing on Acid

Jennifer Steinkamp Breathing in the World

Michelle Fierro Beauty Marks

Bridget Riley Not Knowing

Bridget Riley II For Americans

Elizabeth Murray Dancing in the Dark

Karen Carson Sophisticate

Ann Hamilton Thinking Things Through

Vanessa Beecroft Painted Ladies

Roni Horn She Resembles Herself

Fiona Rae Good after the Good Is Gone

Barbara Bloom Barbara Blooms

Sharon Ellis Modest Ecstasy

Hung Liu The Polity of Immigrants

Teresita Fernandaacute;ndez Tropical Scholarship

Nancy Rubins The Rapture and the Tsunami

Elizabeth Peyton At the Princeandrsquo;s Chateau

Product Details

ISBN:
9780963726452
Author:
Hickey, Dave
Publisher:
Art Issues Press
Location:
Los Angeles :
Subject:
Government and political science
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Arts, American
Subject:
Essays - Single Authors
Subject:
Arts, Modern -- 20th century -- United States.
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Criticism - General
Subject:
Criticism -- Theory.
Subject:
Popular culture -- United States.
Subject:
Arts, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
Art-Theory and Criticism
Subject:
American
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20060831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
26 color plates, 1 halftone
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.75 x 7.25 in

Other books you might like

  1. Art on the Edge and Over: Searching... Used Trade Paper $4.95
  2. Three Tales Used Mass Market $3.50
  3. What is Art For? Used Trade Paper $13.00
  4. The Return of the Real: Art and... Used Trade Paper $17.00
  5. Modern art, 19th & 20th centuries Used Hardcover $3.95
  6. The Shape of Content Used Trade Paper $7.95

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Art » History and Criticism
Arts and Entertainment » Art » Theory and Criticism
History and Social Science » Sociology » General

Air Guitar: Essays on Art & Democracy New Flexible
0 stars - 0 reviews
$19.95 In Stock
Product details 192 pages Art Issues Press - English 9780963726452 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The 23 essays (or love songs) that make up the now classic volume Air Guitar trawl a vast, invisible underground empire of pleasure, through record stores, honky-tonks, art galleries, jazz clubs, cocktail lounges, surf shops and hot-rod stores, as restlessly on the move as the America they depict. Air Guitar pioneered a kind of plain-talking in cultural criticism, willingly subjective and always candid and direct. A valuable reading tool for art lovers, neophytes, students and teachers alike, Hickey's book--now in its third edition--has galvanized a generation of art lovers, with new takes on Norman Rockwell, Robert Mapplethorpe, Stan Brakhage, Andy Warhol and Perry Mason. In June 2009, Newsweek voted Air Guitar one of the top 50 books that open a window on the times we live in, whether they deal directly with the issues of today or simply help us see ourselves in new and surprising ways, and described the book as a seamless blend of criticism, personal history, and a deep appreciation for the sheer nuttiness of American life.

Dave Hickey (born 1939) is one of today's most revered and widely read art writers. He has written for Rolling Stone, Art News, Art in America, Artforum and Vanity Fair among many others.

"Synopsis" by , Air Guitar is renegade art critic and Art Issues editor Dave Hickey's assessment of the beauties and potentialities of American culture, "high" and "low, " presented in a series of reflections on his experiences as the child of a jazz musician, abortive graduate student, amateur art dealer, professional songwriter, music journalist, and resident of Las Vegas.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.