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Weschler, Lawrence

Works: 166 works in 446 publications in 6 languages and 13,240 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Interviews  Exhibition catalogs  Sources  Documentary films  Silent films  Film excerpts  Nonfiction films  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Interviewer, Contributor, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Secretary, Creator, Narrator
Classifications: N6537.I64, 709.24
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Mr. Wilson's cabinet of wonder by Lawrence Weschler( Book )

32 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 989 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles is the starting point for Weschler's examination of the origins of modern museums, the generative role of pure imagination in both art and science, and the mystifying bases of the authoritative in every field
Domestic scenes : the art of Ramiro Gomez by Lawrence Weschler( )

8 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 976 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Award-winning author Lawrence Weschler's book on the young Mexican American artist Ramiro Gomez explores questions of social equity and the chasms between cultures and classes in America. Gomez, born in 1986 in San Bernardino, California, to undocumented Mexican immigrant parents, bridges the divide between the affluent wealthy and their usually invisible domestic help--the nannies, gardeners, housecleaners, and others who make their lifestyles possible--by inserting images of these workers into sly pastiches of iconic David Hockney paintings, subtly doctoring glossy magazine ads, and subversively slotting life-size painted cardboard cutouts into real-life situations. Domestic Scenes engages with Gomez and his work, offering an inspiring vision of the purposes and possibilities of art
A miracle, a universe : settling accounts with torturers by Lawrence Weschler( Book )

18 editions published between 1990 and 1998 in English and held by 909 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the past fifteen years, one of the most vexing issues facing fledgling democracies around the world - from South Africa to Eastern Europe, from Cambodia to Bosnia - has been what to do about the still-toxic security apparatuses left over from the previous regime. In this profoundly influential study, the New Yorker's Lawrence Weschler probes these dilemmas across two gripping narratives, set in Brazil and Uruguay, true-life thrillers in which torture victims, faced with the paralysis of the fragile new regime, band together to settle accounts with their former tormentors
Seeing is forgetting the name of the thing one sees : a life of contemporary artist Robert Irwin by Lawrence Weschler( Book )

7 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 881 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Everything that rises : a book of convergences by Lawrence Weschler( Book )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From a cuneiform tablet to a Chicago prison, from the depths of the cosmos to the text on our T-shirts, art historian and journalist Lawrence Weschler finds strange connections wherever he looks. The farther one travels (through geography, through art, through science, through time), the more everything seems to converge -- at least, it does through Weschler's giddy, brilliant eyes. Weschler combines his keen insights into art (both contemporary and Renaissance), his years of experience as a chronicler of the fall of Communism, and his triumphs and failures as the father of a teenage girl into a series of essays that are sure to illuminate, educate, and astound."--The publisher (Sept. 2006)
True to life : twenty-five years of conversations with David Hockney by Lawrence Weschler( Book )

12 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 455 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Lawrence Weschler's portrait of David Hockney is intimate, playful, and intellectually provocative. Beginning with an essay on Hockney's complex and ravishing photo collages, Weschler chronicles the artist's protean production and speculations: his scenic designs for opera, his homemade xerographic prints, his exploration of physics and its relation to Chinese landscape painting, his gripping investigations of the possibility that the old masters deployed optical devices - cameras - in their painting, his taking up of watercolor, and then, in what may be his most sumptuously productive phase yet, his spectacular return to oil painting, about 2004, with a series of vivid landscapes of the East Yorkshire countryside of his youth. These conversations provide an astonishing record of what has been Hockney's grand endeavor, nothing less than an extended exploration of "the structure of seeing" itself."--Jacket
Being and circumstance : notes toward a conditional art by Robert Irwin( Book )

5 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Irwin, who is one of the most important artists of this era, was a seminal figure in "Light and Space" art. He began as an Abstract Expressionist painter in the 1950s, and was for some time (but is no longer) an artist who produced no art obejcts. Irwin's philosophical and aesthetic theories are so far-reaching that only now, some twenty years after they were first posited, has the art world begun to recognize that his questions about perception come to bear upon the definition of art itself. In the 1960s, his disc paintings succeeded in "breaking the edge of the canvas," with the resultant effect that the space surrounding the work became equally important. In the 1970s, Irwin created room-environment pieces of a phenomenal or non-object nature across the United States. Comprised solely of light, string, or nylon scrim, these works placed the responsibility upon the viewer in order to bring him to a position where he could "perceive himself perceiving" - "The Mondrian was no longer on the wall - the viewer was in the Mondrian." In the last ten years, Irwin's sculptural aesthetic and his philosophical theories have merged to provide the impetus behind a major body of sculpture created in response to a specific site, situation, or locale. Irwin's importance as an artist lies not only in the beauty and clarity of his precendent-setting work, but in his theoretical contribtion, which provides a framework by which all phenomenal works can be examined. This book, written by the artist, lays out his theoretical position and documents the working processes behind seventeen major sculpture projects created over the past decade. -- from dust jacket
Seeing is forgetting the name of the thing one sees : over thirty years of conversations with Robert Irwin by Lawrence Weschler( Book )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 423 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees chronicles three decades of extraordinary conversation between Weschler and Light and Space master Irwin, taking us into the heart of what it can mean to be an artist." "The original dialogues extend from the surf and cars of Irwin's L.A. youth through his passion for abstract expressionism, past his decision to abandon studio work altogether, up to and including the 1977 Whitney Museum of American Art retrospective. This lavishly expanded new edition surveys many of Irwin's subsequent site-conditioned projects - in particular the spectacularly realized Central Garden at the Getty Museum (the subject of an epic battle with the site's principal architect, Richard Meier) and the path-breaking design that transformed an abandoned Hudson Valley factory into Dia's stellar new Beacon campus - enhancing what many had already considered the best-ever book on an artist."--Jacket
Boggs, a comedy of values by Lawrence Weschler( Book )

4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"New Yorker writer Lawrence Weschler chronicles the antics of J.S.G. Boggs, a young artist with a certain panache, a certain flair, a certain je ne payes pas - an artist, that is, whose consuming passion is money, or perhaps, more precisely, value. What Boggs likes to do is to draw money - actual paper notes in the denominations of standard currencies from all over the world - and then to go out and try to spend those drawings. Instead of selling his money drawings outright to interested collectors, Boggs looks for merchants who will accept his drawings in lieu of cash payment for their wares or services as part of elaborately choreographed transactions, complete with receipts and even proper change - an artistic practice that regularly lands him in trouble with treasury police around the globe." "Boggs: A Comedy of Values teases out these transactions and their sometimes dramatic legal consequences, following Boggs on a larkish, though at the same time disconcertingly profound, econo-philosophic chase. For in a madcap Socratic fashion, Boggs is raising all sorts of truly fundamental questions - what is it that we value in art, or, for that matter, in money? Indeed, how do we place a value on anything at all? And in particular, why do we, why should we, how can we place such trust in anything as confoundingly insubstantial as paper money?"--Jacket
Robert Irwin Getty garden by Lawrence Weschler( Book )

9 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Robert Irwin Getty Garden will be essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary art, gardening, or the unique cultural life of Southern California."--Jacket
Vermeer in Bosnia : a reader by Lawrence Weschler( Book )

7 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of pieces from the last two decades: cultural comedies and political tragedies
Calamities of exile : three nonfiction novellas by Lawrence Weschler( Book )

10 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains three nonfiction stories in which the main characters must find the courage to fight back at the totalitarians that are ruling their homelands
Dawson City : frozen time( Visual )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This meditation on cinema's past from Decasia director Bill Morrison pieces together the bizarre true history of a long-lost collection of 533 nitrate film prints from the early 1900s. Located just south of the Arctic Circle, Dawson City was settled in 1896 and became the center of the Canadian Gold Rush that brough 100,000 prospectors to the area. It was also the final stop for a distribution chain that sent prints and newsreels to the Yukon. The films were seldom, if ever, returned. The now-famous Dawson City Collection was uncovered in 1978 when a bulldozer working its way through a parking lot dug up a horde of film cans. Morrison draws on these permafrost-protected, rare silent films and newsreels, pairing them with archival footage, interviews, historical photographs, and an enigmatic score by Sigur Ros collaborator and composer Alex Somers. Dawson City : Frozen Time depicts the unique history of this Canadian Gold Rush town by chronicling the life cycle of a singular film collection through its exile, burial, rediscovery, and salvation"--Container
Tara Donovan by Tara Donovan( Book )

9 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Artist Tara Donovan uses commonplace consumer materials--toothpicks, tape, pencils, buttons, paper plates, and the like--to create her dazzling sculptural installations. Often biomorphic or topographical in character, her large-scale abstract works utilize systematic arrangements of thousands or even millions of units. Visually evocative, her pieces are at once organic and highly structured. Donovan has been recognized for her commitment to process and her ability to discover how the inherent physical characteristics of an object might allow it to be transformed into art. Published in conjunction with a major studio exhibition at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston, this book is the first to document Donovan's complete oeuvre, from her beginnings working in ink to her most recent pieces. Among the many works shown are Untitled (Plastic Cups), a 50-by-60-foot landscape of plastic cups; Haze, a 42-foot-long wall of over two million clear plastic drinking straws stacked like wood; and her three 40-inch cubes, one of steel pins, one of toothpicks, and one of shattered glass. An in-depth conversation between Donovan and Lawrence Weschler traces the artist's schooling, early career, and current work
Shapinsky's karma, Bogg's bills, and other true-life tales by Lawrence Weschler( Book )

5 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Uncanny valley : and other adventures in the narrative by Lawrence Weschler( Book )

5 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Shuttling between cultural comedies and political tragedies, Lawrence Weschler's articles have been captivating readers ever since his days at The New Yorker. With Uncanny Valley, he furthers that vivid trajectory, collecting the best of his narrative nonfiction from the past fifteen years."--Page [2] of jacket
Covering the New Yorker : cutting-edge covers from a literary institution by Françoise Mouly( Book )

6 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume contains a collection of the best of The New Yorker magazine's cover art. The magazine is well known for its illustrated and often topical covers, mirroring the magazine's feisty spirit. The author organizes the artwork into such classic themes as "The Big City", "Arts and Music", and "The Buzz"--Also offering a behind-the-scenes peek at the sketches that lead up to them as well as a look at the controversy that sometimes followed in their wake. Six "Sketchbooks" highlight the work of especially evocative cover artists, including Jean-Jacques Sempe, Art Spiegelman and Saul Steinberg
Waves passing in the night : Walter Murch in the land of the astrophysicists by Lawrence Weschler( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From Pulitzer Prize nominee Lawrence Weschler, a fascinating profile of Walter Murch, a film legend and amateur astrophysicist whose investigations could reshape our understanding of the universe. For film aficionados, Walter Murch is legendary--a three-time Academy Award winner, arguably the most admired sound and film editor in the world for his work on Apocalypse Now, The Godfather trilogy, The English Patient, and many others. Outside of the studio, his mind is wide-ranging; his passion, pursued for several decades, has been astrophysics, in particular the rehabilitation of Titius-Bode, a long-discredited 18th century theory regarding the patterns by which planets and moons array themselves in gravitational systems across the universe. Though as a consummate outsider he's had a hard time attracting any sort of comprehensive hearing from professional astrophysicists, Murch has made advances that even some of them find intriguing, including a connection between Titius Bode and earlier notions--going back past Kepler and Pythagorus--of musical harmony in the heavens. Unfazed by rejection, ever probing, Murch perseveres in the highest traditions of outsider science. Lawrence Weschler brings Murch's quest alive in all its seemingly quixotic, yet still plausible, splendor, probing the basis for how we know what we know, and who gets to say. 'The wholesale rejection of alternative theories has repeatedly held back the progress of vital science, ' Weschler observes, citing early twentieth-century German amateur Alfred Wegener, whose speculations about continental drift were ridiculed at first, only to be accepted as fact decades later. Theoretical physicist Lee Smolin says 'It is controversy that brings science alive'--and Murch's quest does that in spades. His fascination with the way the planets and their moons are arranged opens up the field of celestial mechanics for general readers, sparking an awareness of the vast and (to us) invisible forces constantly at play in the universe."--Jacket
A wanderer in the perfect city : selected passion pieces by Lawrence Weschler( Book )

4 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in English and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cameraworks by David Hockney( Book )

16 editions published in 1984 in 3 languages and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Seeing is forgetting the name of the thing one sees : a life of contemporary artist Robert Irwin
A miracle, a universe : settling accounts with torturersSeeing is forgetting the name of the thing one sees : a life of contemporary artist Robert IrwinEverything that rises : a book of convergencesTrue to life : twenty-five years of conversations with David HockneySeeing is forgetting the name of the thing one sees : over thirty years of conversations with Robert IrwinBoggs, a comedy of valuesRobert Irwin Getty gardenVermeer in Bosnia : a reader
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