With an image from Abramovic’s previous performance at MoMA in 2010 on the cover, one might expect to read about the latest trends in visual expression in contemporary art.
In this digital publication, Edward Lucie-Smith takes a different approach and through both familiar and unfamiliar images, tells of artists both tutored and untutored who have attempted to preserve a space for the transcendental in art. Reclaiming the term ‘Visionary’, as referring to the ability of an artist to separate him or herself from all material considerations in pursuit of something envisaged or imagined, this text seeks to readdress the balance in accounts of 20th century art, which have until now emphasized ‘making’ as the product of a quintessentially materialist society.
Renowned critic, historian and curator Edward Lucie-Smith has authored and contributed to more than 200 books chiefly, but not exclusively, about art and contemporary work. He is generally regarded as the most prolific and the most widely published writer on art, with sales for some titles totalling over 250,000 copies. A number of his art books, among them Movements in Art since 1945, Visual Arts of the 20th Century, A Dictionary of Art Termsand Art Today are used as standard texts throughout the world.
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