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Views on contemporary art, artists in vogue, the multi-million-dollar price tags on paintings, changing styles, and controversies in the art world are compiled in a thought-provoking collection
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In these essays, mostly from The New Yorker , Tomkins looks at the creators and consumers, taste makers and money makers of the contemporary art world. A reporter rather than a critic, he views the lively period of the Eighties with wry wit and elegant style, allowing critical comments to surface from time to time. The topics are as varied as the times themselves: the artists, the dealers, the museums, the mini-changes and neo-changes in style, corporate collecting, and the controversial art of public spaces. With enthusiasm, curiosity, and an informed knowledge of the territory, Tomkins provides a landscape of the 1980s far more precise than its elements and less self-conscious than its figures. For general collections. Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum Lib., New York
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