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Sylvester, David

Works: 308 works in 914 publications in 5 languages and 16,441 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Catalogs  Interviews  Sources  History  Pictorial works  Encyclopedias 
Roles: Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Interviewer, Honoree, Interviewee, Compiler, Recipient, Publishing director, Creator, Correspondent, Contributor
Classifications: ND673.M35, 759.9493
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Most widely held works by David Sylvester
Willem de Kooning by Willem De Kooning ( Book )
13 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Discusses the art of Willem de Kooning from the student in the Netherlands to the struggling artist in America
Magritte by René Magritte ( Book )
44 editions published between 1969 and 2010 in 6 languages and held by 1,157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"... offers 40 chapters of critical insights and clues to Magritte's puzzles"--From publisher description
Looking at Giacometti by David Sylvester ( Book )
20 editions published between 1990 and 1997 in English and Italian and held by 891 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 Francis Bacon by David Sylvester ( Book )
37 editions published between 1973 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 748 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Interviews med den irskfødte engelske maler Francis Bacon (1909-1992)
Interviews with American artists by David Sylvester ( Book )
12 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 721 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
Henry Moore by Henry Moore ( Book )
22 editions published between 1957 and 1968 in English and Undetermined and held by 716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
the decade his standing as a foremost figure in world art was beyond doubt. Throughout his life Moore photographed his own work, as well as the natural objects found near his home which provided inspiration for many of his works. Most of the photographs in this book were taken by the artist
Looking back at Francis Bacon by David Sylvester ( Book )
11 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 574 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."--BOOK JACKET
Francis Bacon : the human body by David Sylvester ( Book )
13 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 568 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Magritte : the silence of the world by David Sylvester ( Book )
5 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 508 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]
Francis Bacon by Francis Bacon ( Book )
9 editions published between 1966 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This book, which accompanies the first major retrospective exhibition in America of Bacon's paintings since his death in 1992, will give uninhibited voice to the thoughts of three prominent scholars of his art. Art historians Dennis Farr and Sally Yard, and Bacon's friend and biographer Michael Peppiatt discuss their views of the artist's intense and unsettling body of work, introducing a wealth of material that sheds new light on his creative life and working methods. Accompanying the essays are three historic interviews with the artist by Michael Peppiatt. Finally, Dennis Farr provides authoritative and illuminating discussion of each work in the exhibition."--BOOK JACKET
Modern art, from Fauvism to abstract expressionism by David Sylvester ( Book )
15 editions published between 1965 and 1994 in English and held by 451 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
René Magritte by René Magritte ( Book )
31 editions published between 1992 and 1997 in English and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
catalogue raisonné
Robert Morris [catalogue of an exhibition held at the] Tate Gallery, 28 April - 6 June 1971 by Robert Morris ( Book )
6 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 378 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
About modern art by David Sylvester ( Book )
2 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Jeff Koons : easyfun - ethereal by Jeff Koons ( Book )
9 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and German and held by 319 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 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Henry Moore : complete sculpture by Henry Moore ( Book )
11 editions published between 1977 and 1997 in English and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Interviews with Francis Bacon, 1962-1979 by David Sylvester ( Book )
14 editions published between 1980 and 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The paintings of William Coldstream, 1908-1987 by William Coldstream ( Book )
6 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
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
English (265)
German (9)
French (6)
Italian (2)
Dutch (1)