Landscapes: John Berger on Art
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- Paperback / softback
- 06 Nov 2018
- Verso Books
- 272 pages - 234 x 153mm
In this brilliant collection of diverse works essays, short stories, poems, translations which spans a lifetime's engagement with art, John Berger reveals how he came to his own unique way of seeing. He challenges readers to rethink their every assumption about the role of creativity in our lives. Paying homage to the writers and thinkers who influenced him, he pushes at the limits of art writing, demonstrating beautifully how his artist's eye makes him a storyteller, rather than a critic. His expansive perspective takes in artistic movements and individual artists from the Renaissance to the present while never neglecting the social and political context of their creation. Landscapes alongside Portraits completes a tour through the history of art that will be an intellectual benchmark for many years to come.
What does art tell us about ourselves? John Berger on the politics and consolations of creativity.
John Berger (1926 2017) was one of the most internationally influential writers of the last fifty years. His many books include Ways of Seeing; the fiction trilogy Into Their Labours; Here Is Where We Meet; the Booker Prize winning novel G; Hold Everything Dear; the Man Booker longlisted From A to X; and A Seventh Man.Tom Overton catalogued John Berger's archive at the British Library and edited Portraits: John Berger on Art. He is working on Berger's biography and a book on migration and archives. His collected writing is available at overton.tw. He has organized exhibitions at King's Cultural Institute, Somerset House and the Whitechapel Gallery.