Landscapes: John Berger on Art (Hardback)
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Landscapes: John Berger on Art (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages
Published: 08/11/2016

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As leading radical writer on art John Berger celebrates his ninetieth year, he brings a lifetime's engagement with the ideas, artists, and thinkers that have shaped his thinking: Walter Benjamin, Rosa Luxemburg and Bertolt Brecht among them. In Landscapes Berger allows us to see the evolution of his own way of seeing. He explores the relationship between creativity and politics and the revolutionary potential of art through a series of different forms.

As always, in this book, Berger pushes at the limits of art writing, demonstrating beautifully how his painter's eyes lead him to refer to himself only as a storyteller. A landscape is, to John Berger, like a portrait, an animating, liberating metaphor rather than a rigid definition. It's a term, too, that reminds us that there is more here than simply the backdrop or 'by-work' of a portrait. Landscapes offers a tour of the history of art, but not as you know it.

Landscapes brings together Berger's most penetrating insights into how we may engage with both art and the artist in society.

Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 9781784785840
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 536 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Berger is a masterful observer, a trait that lends his writing a profound element of artistry: these essays read like sketched studies of an as-yet-painted masterwork . these worldly essays are timeless, inspiring works of critical observation. - Kirkus

John Berger teaches us how to think, how to feel how to stare at things until we see what we thought wasn't there. But above all, he teaches us how to love in the face of adversity. He is a master. - Arundhati Roy, author of The God of Small Things

I admire and love John Berger's books ... Not since Lawrence has there been a writer who offers such attentiveness to the sensual world with responsiveness to the imperatives of conscience. He is a wonderful artist and thinker. - Susan Sontag

One of the most influential intellectuals of our time. - Sean O'Hagan, Observer

Berger is a writer one demands to know more about ... an intriguing and powerful mind and talent - New York Times

Rich, with a broad, pluralistic approach and collaborative ethos - Art Newspaper

Essential ... reminds us that all good writing comes only from good (that is, patient, attentive, loving) looking. - Andrew Marr, New Statesman

The second collection of Berger's art writing judiciously edited by Tom Overton - John Douglas Millar, Frieze

Life has more light and colour after an encounter with Berger - Art Newspaper

Essential reading not just for our political moment but outside it. He was a monument, a world of his own; at the same time, his thinking and his art-which are the same thing-address themselves at once to the past, the present, and the future. - n+1

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