While there's a lot to be gained from reading artist memoirs and biographies, there can be even more learned from critical works about art itself the third collection in a series of essays on art, john updike's always looking examines masterpieces from legendary artists from norman rockwell to frederic. Updike begins the collection always looking with a brief, lively, and cogent essay on some of the high points of american art with “the first great painter cast up by our art-sparse, undercivilized, eastern-coastal new world, a young man as precocious as he was assiduous, john singleton copley. John updike biography - s ://bibliocouk/john-updike-by-updike-john/work/ 359208' john updike (born march 18, 1932) is an american novelist and short story author born in shillington, pennsylvania - john updike biography and list of works - john updike books. I can't recall having ever read one of his essays either in the new yorker or in collected form –assorted prose, a century of arts and letters, due considerations, hugging the shore, just looking: essays on art, more matter, odds jobs, still looking: essays on modern art – without marveling at his transcendent intelligence. The missing art always looking is a compilation of reviews of a various shows which updike critiqued for newspapers such as the new york times as such they had no illustration at all here comes into play the art critics's art he must draw in words the works you cannot see updike did a splendid job of this in the book.
The novelist john updike is not a circumspect — or even a particularly fair — art critic but it's a price worth paying for this lovely, eclectic collection of essays updike always looking is like walking through a gallery with the sourest, most irreverent and most brilliant tour guide you can imagine. Still looking: essays on american art [john updike] on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers when, in 1989, a collection of john updike's writings on art appeared under the title just looking. On j d salinger, from a review of his franny and zooey, in studies in j d salinger : reviews, essays, and critiques of the catcher in the rye and other fiction (1963) edited by marvin laser and norman fruman, p 231 also quoted in the christian science monitor (august 26, 1965) and updike's assorted prose (1965.
The essays in “always looking” display the qualifications of a novelist that john updike brought to his moonlighting as an art critic. Always looking: essays on art, by john updike '54, littd '92 (knopf, $45) the third collection (sadly, posthumous) of the prolific author's exemplary critical essays and reviews, including his 2008 jefferson lecture in the humanities: an overview of his take on the americanness of american art loaded words, by marjorie.
Therein lies the charm of this book, the first of 3 such art books updike would pen over the course of his career, each collecting his wry observations on art, typically by reviews of major one man show exhibitions at various museums across the country the others are still looking: essays on american art and always. Shortly before he died, john updike paid tribute to that great painter of portraits, john singer sargent “we're drawn to artists who tell us that art is difficult to do, and takes a spiritual effort, because we are still puritan enough to respect a strenuous spiritual effort,” updike said in a 2008 interview “we don't. “when john updike's name is mentioned, most readers initially think of him as a novelist, and it's certainly through fiction that he established his reputation as a writer but updike also wrote an abundance of art criticism: the posthumous always looking is his third such collection of work, following 1989's.