Portraits: John Berger on Artists
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“Unruly attentiveness animates [...] a lifetime's engagement with artists like Rembrandt, Goya, Henry Moore and Francis Bacon [...] Ingenious, jargon-free and direct [...] Berger is a formidable stylist.” – Alexi Worth, The New York Times

“A rich and loving exploration of art history, at once intellectually acute and deeply personal... vital and uncommonly engaging proof of concept for ideas that Berger has long espoused.” – Jacob Brogan, Slate

“A volume whose breadth and depth bring it close to a definitive self-portrait of one of Britain's most original thinkers.” – Jackie Wullschlager, Financial Times

“Perhaps the greatest living writer on art … reminds us just how insufficient most art commentary is these days … an indispensible guide to understanding art from cave painting to today's experimenters.” – Spectator (Art Books of the Year 2015)

“John Berger teaches us how to think, how to feel, how to stare at things till 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

“In this extraordinary new book, John Berger embarks on a process of re-discovery and re-figuring of history through the visual narratives given to us by portraiture. Berger's ability for storytelling is both incisive and intriguing. He is one of the greatest writers of our time.” – Hans Ulrich Obrist, author of Ways of Curating

“Berger writes about what is important—in contemporary English letters, he seems to be peerless; 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

“Shows the 88-year-old British art critic at his bristling best.” – Wall Street Journal

“John Berger is always illuminating and his latest book, Portraits: John Berger on Artists, doesn't disappoint” – Scotsman

“A near exhaustive selection of the ever astute writer's ‘responses' to various artists and works, chronologically organised from early cave paintings through to the Palestinian artist Randa Mdah.” – Independent (Books of the Year 2015)

Storyteller, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, dramatist and critic, John Berger is one of the most internationally influential writers of the last fifty years. His many books include Ways of Seeing; the fiction trilogy Into Their Labours; Here Is Where We Meet; the Booker Prize winning novel G; Hold Everything Dear; the Man Booker longlisted From A to X; and A Seventh Man.
Tom Overton catalogued John Berger s archive at the British Library as part of an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded Collaborative Doctoral Award with King s College London, and edited this book as a Henry Moore Institute Research Fellow and a Fellow of the Centre for Life-Writing Research at KCL. He has curated exhibitions at King s Cultural Institute, Somerset House and the Whitechapel Gallery, and his writing has been published by the New Statesman, Apollo, White Review, Various Small Fires, Tate, the British Council and others."



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