The Making of Modern Art Selected Writings Michael Peppiatt

Publication date:
12 May 2020
Yale University Press
256 pages: 229 x 152mm
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A new collection of key texts from a leading critic of modern art

The critic Michael Peppiatt has been described by Art Newspaper as “the best art writer of his generation.” For more than 50 years, he has written trenchant and lively dispatches from the center of the international art world. In this new volume of key works, Peppiatt gives his unique insight into the making, collection, display, and interpretation of modern art.
Covering the whole spectrum of modern art—from pioneers such as Gustav Klimt and Chaim Soutine, to collectors and dealers who played a pivotal role in the modern art world, to artists such as Francis Bacon, Bill Jacklin, and Frank Auerbach, with whom he had close relationships—Peppiatt interweaves personal anecdote with critical judgment. Each text is accompanied by a new short introduction, written in Peppiatt’s signature vivid and jargon-free style, in which he contextualizes his writings and reflects on significant moments in a lifetime of artistic engagement. This volume will provide readers with an exhilarating tour of 20th-century art.

Michael Peppiatt is an internationally respected authority on 20th-century art. He has written regularly for Le Monde, the New York Times, the Financial Times, Art News, and Art International magazine.

Every piece, even on long-dead artists, rings with vitality and presence…[T]his essential book encapsulates a moment in the history of art that feels distinctly alien now…it reads like first-hand reportage of a lost world.”—Ben Street, Times Literary Supplement