Synopses & Reviews
In this stunning new collection of texts on visual art, Peter Wollen explores an extraordinary range of topics, from an analysis of "Global Conceptualism" to a mind-bending study of "Magritte and the Bowler Hat", from Gerhard Richter to provocative texts on the work of artists such as Victor Burgin, Frida Kahlo, and Derek Jarman. Other essays deal with the relationships that have developed between visual art and other media, including one on the convergence of art and fashion, and another that explores the role of art and film in creating the American myth of the West. The collection also includes a study of Situationist attitudes to art and architecture, and the relationship of art to dance and gardening. Wollen is a master in the art of making unexpected connections, and this exhilarating new book suggests many different ways of writing and thinking about art.
Praise for Paris Hollywood: Writings on Film:
'Peter Wollen's take on film is open, original and unexpected. These essays show his extraordinary range and inventiveness. Opening with a wry and knowing A-to-Z of cinema, they are Mr. Wollen at his best.' The Economist
'We are in a different realm of film writing ... a world where debate is going on between cognoscenti.' London Review of Books
Wollen is a master in the art of making unexpected connections, and this exhilarating new book suggests many different ways of writing and thinking about art.
About the Author
Peter Wollen was Chair of the Department of Film, Television and New Media at the University of California, Los Angeles. His other books include Paris/Hollywood: Writings on Film and Paris/Manhattan: Writings on Art.