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The Sleeve Should Be Illegal: & Other Reflections on Art at the Frick

Michaelyn Mitchell

Explore the treasures of The Frick Collection through the eyes of a diverse group of contemporary writers, artists and other cultural figures, from George Condo, Lydia Davis and Julie Mehretu to Abbi Jacobson and Edmund White

A cultural haven for museumgoers in New York and beyond, The Frick Collection holds masterpieces by some of the most celebrated artists in the Western tradition--among them Bellini, Gainsborough, Goya, Rembrandt, Vermeer and Whistler--installed in a Gilded Age mansion on Fifth Avenue.

This book includes 61 reflections on the Frick's preeminent collection, with the contributors writing about an artwork that has personal significance, sharing how it has moved, challenged, puzzled or inspired them. Each text is accompanied by an illustration of the artwork. For example, writer Jonathan Lethem tells how he started going to the Frick as a teenager, to gaze at Hans Holbein's portraits of Thomas Cromwell and Sir Thomas More. Historian Simon Schama revels in Turner's Mortlake Terrace: Early Summer Morning, which reminds him of his own childhood growing up next to the River Thames. This engaging anthology attests to the inspirational power of art and reminds us that there is no one way to look.

Authors include: André Aciman, Ida Applebroog, Firelei Báez, Victoria Beckham, Tom Bianchi, Carter Brey, Rosanne Cash, Jerome Charyn, Roz Chast, George Condo, Gregory Crewdson, Joan K. Davidson, Lydia Davis, Edmund de Waal, Rineke Dijkstra, Mark Doty, Lena Dunham, Stephen Ellcock, Donald Fagen, Rachel Feinstein and John Currin, Teresita Fernández, Bryan Ferry, Michael Frank, Moeko Fujii, Adam Gopnik, Vivian Gornick, Agnes Gund, Carolina Herrera, Alexandra Horowitz, Abbi Jacobson, Bill T. Jones, Maira Kalman, Nina Katchadourian, Susanna Kaysen, Jonathan Lethem, Kate D. Levin, David Masello, Julie Mehretu, Daniel Mendelsohn, Rick Meyerowitz, Duane Michals, Susan Minot, Mark Morris, Nico Muhly, Vik Muniz, Wangechi Mutu, Catherine Opie, Jed Perl, Taylor M. Polites, Diana Rigg, Jenny Saville, Simon Schama, Lloyd Schwartz, Annabelle Selldorf, Arlene Shechet, Judith Thurman, Colm Tóibín, Chris Ware, Darren Waterston, Edmund White and Robert Wilson.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Delmonico Books
  • Publish Date: Jan 26th, 2021
  • Pages: 168
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 10.00in - 7.60in - 0.80in - 1.50lb
  • EAN: 9781942884798
  • Categories: Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions - PermanentHistory - RenaissanceHistory - Baroque & Rococo
Praise for this book
Exclusive extracts ...bringing together texts by 62 cultural figures describing their preferred works in the Frick Collection--Gareth Harris "Art Newspaper"
Some of the most appealing contributions are from thunderstruck amateurs. This is a charm of the book. Though now a grizzled professional, I still identify with them in spirit. [...] The works may be old, but our experience of them is strictly up to date. More than one contributor to "The Sleeve Should Be Illegal" invokes a sensation of walking on air after a visit to the Frick, a payoff of renewed faith in the powers of art and a forgivable pride in our own perhaps untrained and underused capacities to comprehend the aesthetic and spiritual stakes of a timeless game.--Peter Schjeldahl "New Yorker"
This engaging anthology attests to the inspirational power of art and reminds us that there is no one way to look.--James Cox "Midwest Book Review"
Satisfying, elegant, thoughtful, and respectful at every turn.--Colin B. Bailey "New York Review of Books"