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Air Guitar: Essays on Art & Democracy

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Publisher Comments:

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.

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
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Publication Date:
19970831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9.00x6.01x.68 in. .93 lbs.

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"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.
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