Schjeldahl, Peter (Author) & Earnest, Jarrett (Editor/Contributor). HOT, COLD, HEAVY, LIGHT: 100 ART WRITINGS 1988-2018. New York City, NY: Harry N. Abrams, 2019. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 390 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of essays. One of the most valuable books on the art of the past and of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. Bookstore's "Signed Edition" red sticker pasted in front. Presents Peter Schjeldahl's "Hot, Cold, Heavy, Light: 100 Writings 1988-2018". The magisterial sequel and companion volume to his previous retrospective, "Let's See: Writings On Art From The New Yorker" (2008), which he revisits, updates, and expands upon a full decade later. "From Pablo Picasso to Cindy Sherman, Old Masters to contemporary masters, paintings to comix, and saints to charlatans, he ranges widely through the diverse and confusing art world, an expert guide to a dazzling scene. No other writer enhances the reader's experience of art in precise, jargon-free prose as Schjeldahl does. His reviews are more essay than criticism, and he offers engaging and informative accounts of artists and their work" (Publisher's blurb). Peter Schjeldahl has been Resident Art Critic of the New Yorker Magazine for two decades (1998-2018), "resident" being a somewhat ironic word because Schjeldahl remains indefatigable and peripatetic, travelling to all of the major shows around the world, thereby giving his readers a sense of what is really going on and what really matters in the emergent art culture of the 21st century. It is complacent to regard Peter Schjeldahl as the most adept art chronicler for our time (that he is). He is much more than this. More than any other art critic today, he patiently asks the same unanswerable, eternal questions: What is art? What is beauty? What does it mean to be an artist? What does the art we produce and admire tell us about ourselves? Individually and cumulatively, these 100 art writings prove, if proof were needed, that Peter Schjeldahl is, indisputably, the most important American art critic since Harold Rosenberg, Clement Greenberg, Robert Hughes, and Arthur C. Danto. "Nothing ruins a critic like pretending to care" (Peter Schjeldahl). An absolute "must-have" title for Peter Schjeldahl collectors. This Autographed Copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the publisher's tipped-in page by Peter Schjeldahl. He did exactly one appearance, in New York City, to launch the book, but did NOT sign copies in person. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest art critics of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PETER SCHJELDAHL TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1419734385. $50.00

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