Always Looking

Essays on Art

by John Updike and Christopher Carduff

Always Looking

Hardcover, 204 pages, Random House Inc, List Price: $45 | purchase

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John Updike and Christopher Carduff

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This posthumous anthology of the author's art writings is designed as a companion volume to Just Looking and Still Looking, and includes his 2008 lecture, "The Clarity of Things" as well as 14 essays on Western art.

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Critics' Lists: Summer 2013

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The novelist John Updike is not a circumspect — or even a particularly fair — art critic. He delights in having strong, abrasive opinions about the works of art he describes in this sprawling collection of essays on artists like Monet, Magritte, and Klimt — whom he accuses of "cheaply-bought glamour." Most provocatively, Updike is bored with Monet's cathedral paintings: Of his Rouen Cathedral, Façade, he writes that the "lacy stone details are laboriously transformed into friable

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