Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Review: American Beauties: Women and Art and Literature. Paintings, Sculptures, Drawings, Photographs, and Other Works of Art ed. by Charles Sullivan

Synopsis: A collection of short prose and poems regarding beauty and women interspaced with pictures of women starting in the later 1700s and moving to the 1980s. The editor choose both famous and not-so-well-known artisit and writers, and included traditional beauty and avant-garde paitings. The end of the book includes small biographies of every name.

Review: I am admittly picking about art. I can recognize certain styles as "art" but I still think they ugly. That being said, I thought much of the art included in this collection was ugly. On the other hand, I thought many of the peices were gorgeous, and I enjoyed the inclusion of litte-known artist. This collection exposed my to artist I'd never seen or heard, but several that I loved.
As for the prose, some was trite, some was odd, some was beautiful, some was funny. The variety was excellent.
In conclusion, this would bve a wonderful starter art book for someone who was just getting into art. It would allow them to explore what style and period they enjoy and give them the knowledge to further explore the art they enjoyed.

Bookmarks: 6 of 10

Awards: None

Date Finished: 5-14-2011
Pages: 159

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