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Sylvester, David

Overview
Works: 594 works in 1,420 publications in 8 languages and 18,097 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  Interviews  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Catalogs  History  Encyclopedias 
Roles: Author, Editor, zxx, Author of introduction, Other, Interviewer, Contributor, Compiler, Creator, Honoree, Interviewee, Correspondent, Publishing director, ed, Recipient
Classifications: ND497.B16, 730.924
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by David Sylvester
Willem de Kooning : paintings by Marla Prather( Book )

18 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 1,290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Werk van de Amerikaanse kunstenaar van Nederlandse origine (1904- )
The brutality of fact : interviews with Francis Bacon by David Sylvester( Book )

61 editions published between 1973 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 929 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ever since its first publication, this book - with its subsequent revised and augmented editions - has been considered a classic of its kind, and that reputation has become worldwide. As a discussion of problems of making art today it has been widely influential not only among artists but among writers and musicians. It has also been seen as the most revealing portrait that exists of one of the most singular artistic personalities of our time. Bacon's obsessive thinking about how to remake the human form in pain finds unique expression in his encounters with the distinguished art writer David Sylvester over a period of twenty-five years. In these masterfully and creatively reconstructed interviews, Sylvester has provided unparalleled access to the thought, work, and life of one of the creative geniuses of our century." - from Amazon
Henry Spencer Moore by Henry Moore( Book )

44 editions published between 1968 and 1976 in 3 languages and held by 901 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looking at Giacometti by David Sylvester( Book )

20 editions published between 1990 and 1997 in English and Italian and held by 888 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Giacometti was one of the greatest sculptors and painters of the 20th century. This book is a criticism that fully engages with the working processes and most intimate ideas of the artist. It is also a powerful study of the nature of art itself
Interviews with American artists by David Sylvester( Book )

13 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 722 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

David Sylvester was one of the world's finest writers on modern art. From the decades after 1945, he proved himself to be a true and dedicated champion of new painting and sculpture. With his expertise, sympathy, and provocative style, Sylvester was unique in his ability to talk freely with influential artists. This seminal book includes 21 interviews -- recorded over the past forty years -- with leading American artists. Together they chronicle and illuminate all the great developments in American art of the twentieth century. Conversations from the 1960s vividly conjure up the New York art scene immediately after the war, when the newly arrived Europeans met the Americans, their different traditions colliding and fusing as they began to work together. Others, like those with Carl Andre, Cy Twombly, Alex Katz, and Jeff Koons, speak straight from today. No one but Sylvester could have produced this intricate collage, this chorus of voices that blend to create one of the most revealing and unusual histories of American art in the twentieth century
Looking back at Francis Bacon by David Sylvester( Book )

12 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Looking back at Francis Bacon, eminent writer and curator David Sylvester provides the definitive account of the career of an artist whose friend and collaborator he was for more than forty years. Drawing on his unparalleled personal knowledge of Bacon's inspirations and intentions, he first offers a critical overview of the work's development from 1933 to the early 1990s, and then addresses its crucial aspects. He also reproduces previously unpublished extracts from his celebrated conversations with Bacon in which the artist speaks about himself, modern painters and the art of the past. Finally, Sylvester gives a brief account of Bacon's life, correcting errors that elsewhere have been presented as facts."--Jacket
Francis Bacon : the human body by David Sylvester( Book )

16 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 584 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Magritte by David Sylvester( Book )

26 editions published between 1969 and 1975 in English and held by 545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Magritte : the silence of the world by David Sylvester( Book )

7 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The purpose of this book, written in conjunction with the Magritte catalogue raisonné, is to look at the artist and his art in ways which lie outside the scope of that publication ... It discusses the long-term development of images and ideas' and it ventures opinions about events and patterns in the artist's life"--Page [7]
Magritte by David Sylvester( Book )

14 editions published between 1992 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... offers 40 chapters of critical insights and clues to Magritte's puzzles"--Publisher description
Francis Bacon by David Sylvester( Book )

4 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Modern art, from Fauvism to abstract expressionism by David Sylvester( Book )

18 editions published between 1956 and 1994 in English and held by 441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the history and development of modern art with an emphasis on significant paintings, drawings, and sculptures that illustrate this movement
Robert Morris [catalogue of an exhibition held at the] Tate Gallery, 28 April - 6 June 1971 by Robert Morris( Book )

5 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

About modern art : critical essays, 1948-1997 by David Sylvester( Book )

3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

David Sylvester's writings about many of the century's major artists are exhibited here in a brilliant and witty retrospective that reveals the authors' personal involvement with painting and sculpture over a fifty-year period. Like modern art itself, the essays isolate experience, while also opening a window into the minds and methods of contemporary masters. David Sylvester, as curator and critic, wrote about many of the works as the artists were creating them, enabling us to observe the development of a perspective on modern art that is the result of an intense professional and personal involvement. His sustained investigations into the artists' social and intellectual lives offer piercing insights into the works and the artists themselves
René Magritte, catalogue raisonné by René Magritte( Book )

27 editions published between 1992 and 1997 in English and French and held by 337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

catalogue raisonné
About modern art by David Sylvester( Book )

2 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alex Katz : twenty five years of painting from the Saatchi Collection by Alex Katz( Book )

5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interviews with Francis Bacon, 1962-1979 by David Sylvester( Book )

20 editions published between 1977 and 1997 in 4 languages and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Incluye indice de ilustraciones
The paintings of William Coldstream, 1908-1987 by William Coldstream( Book )

11 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Magritte : the Hayward Gallery, the South Bank Centre, London, 21 May-2 August 1992 [and others] by Sarah Whitfield( Book )

19 editions published in 1992 in 6 languages and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Monografie van de Belgische surrealist (1898-1967)
 
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Willem de Kooning : paintings
Alternative Names
David Sylvester British art critic

David Sylvester englischer Autor, Kunstkritiker und Kurator

Silʹvestr, Dėvid

Sylvester, A. D. B.

Sylvester, Anthony David Bernard.

Sylvester, Anthony David Bernard 1924-

Sylvester, Anthony David Bernard 1924-2001

Sylvester, David 1924-

シルヴェスター, デイヴィッド

Languages
English (314)

German (15)

Italian (8)

French (7)

Spanish (3)

Chinese (2)

Polish (2)

Dutch (2)

Covers
The brutality of fact : interviews with Francis BaconLooking at GiacomettiInterviews with American artistsLooking back at Francis BaconFrancis Bacon : the human bodyMagritte : the silence of the worldMagritteAbout modern art : critical essays, 1948-1997