Sight & Insight. The Art Of Burton Silverman
Art American Of Institute Butler, Burt Silverman
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Cover Type: Hardcover
Book Condition: As New
Jacket Condition: As New
Publisher: Madison Square Press
Publisher Place: United States
Publisher Year: 1999
Edition: First Edition
Description: 157 pages. Book and Jacket appear to have hardly been read and are both in As new condition throughout.
Publishers Description: Perhaps what has been overlooked ,or rather not adequately noted in the Reviews and jacket commentary, is the the very powerful impact of Silverman's paintings. They are direct representations of a visual world that is are at once beautiful and thought provoking. They do not need crtical commentary to be viewed by the reader and they inspire immediate and touching emotional responses; in short the paintings evoke the way we experience everyday life without trivial or repetetive visual recreations of that life. The reproductions of the paintings are equally beautiful and the artist took special pains to oversee the accuracy of the color. His comments on the paintings in the full catalog of the book are particulalry appealing, since the language he uses is clear, straightfoward and, like his work, insightful. We feel this book to be an eye opener with respect to the pictorial riches in it and in contrast to much of what passes for "high art" these days. One of the essayists in this book writes as follows: "His art relates to traditions of European and American realism while updating that legacy with acute perceptions of contemporary experience.This artistic legacy, which includes such major precursors as Degas, Eakins and America s greatest urban painter, Edward Hopper, has been consciously reconceptualized through paintings that synthesize representational imagery with a late 20th century sensibility regarding the frailty of human existence in a techno-urbanized world. For Silverman, form remains inextricably linked to meaning. In the ?nal analysis, it is Silverman s un?inching vision, together with his creative rethinking of tradition, that constitutes his most de?ant and enduring artistic contribution."We are extremely proud to be a part of this volume. This book is a collection of the past 25 years of work by this universally respected painter, illustrator and teacher, who has been increasingly regarded as one of America s important realist artists. With essays by Prof. Robert McGrath, Phillip Saietta and a memoir by the artist, this profusely illustrated monograph chronicles a career rich in depictions of life and equally rich in a panoply of ideas about art. Silverman s memoir, Odyssey, offers observations about his work, his goals and his controversial views of the art world today. A full-color catalog of the exhibitions held at the Butler Institute of American Art and the Brigham Young Museum complements the text and provides the reader with a moveable feast of this artist s work to which they can return again and again.