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Carnival of Perception: Selected Writings on ArtGuy Brett
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A distinctive voice in art criticism since the 1960s, Guy Brett has followed an independent path in mapping and interpreting contemporary art. Instrumental in making the work of Latin American artists accessible to a wider public, Carnival of Perception includes seminal essays on key Latin American practitioners, as well as texts that explore the cross-cultural and experimental diversity of the London art scene since the 1960s.
Linked to these individual studies are wide-ranging and imaginative writings on the nature of decorative art, the figure of the angel in Latin American ‘colonial painting’, art as sanctuary, and the question of British identity.
Artists featured:Rasheed Araeen, Derek Boshier, Lygia Clark, Juan Davila, Eugenio Dittborn, John Dugger, Rose Finn-Kelcey, Mona Hatoum, Susan Hiller, Tina Keane, David Medalla, Hélio Oiticica, Gabriel Orozco, João Penalva, Carlyle Reedy and Takis
Preface: Yve-Alain Bois
What people say
'Guy Brett's book is indeed a carnival of unexpected pleasures. His unique selection of artists ... allows him to get under the skin of his own and other cultures. With unassuming honesty and political integrity, he explores subjects ranging from breakthrough avant-garde art to agriculture, decoration and Latin American angels. What Brett says of Gabriel Orozco could well be applied to his own writings: "an agile, ironic and tender consciousness".'
Lucy R. Lippard