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By Matthew Collings

This strange volumeApart paintings heritage, half journalism, and half diaryAoffers a crash path at the Pop paintings scene in London from approximately the Sixties onward and does so with intelligence and humor. Collings has spent his lifestyles during this creative surroundings, and he writes with an insider's ease. In an enticing mixture of anecdote, critique, and dialogue, he offers a a little bit wild potpourri of the lives, strange behavior, and creations of such members as Damien Hirst, John Stezaker, R.B. Kitaj, and David Hockney, to call just a only a few.

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The singularity of the “American voice” was belied by this chorus of dissidence, articulated by concerned objectors. The 40 chapter 1 result was that the voices of contemporary American poets were silenced—at least in terms of official sponsorship. The White House put out the following statement: “While Mrs. ”55 As many commentators pointed out, Whitman, Hughes, and Dickinson were odd choices if the point was to be somehow above politics. Pollitt remarked that Whitman’s epic of radical democracy, Leaves of Grass, was so scandalous it got him fired from his government job; Hughes, a Communist sympathizer hounded by McCarthy, wrote constantly and indelibly about racism, injustice, power; Dickinson might seem the least political, but in some ways she was the most lastingly so—every line she wrote is an attack on complacency and conformity of manners, mores, religion, language, gender, thought.

Dealers like Leo Castelli and Illeana Sonnabend (both based in New York) have given monthly stipends to the artists affiliated with their galleries, sometimes supporting them through years of meager sales. Some dealers assist with production costs, which can be significant in certain cases. Take Jeff Koons, for instance, whose forty-three-foot-high 14 chapter 1 topiary sculpture Puppy required not only a steel frame but the laborious installation of hundreds of living flowers and plants. 16 And in the world of the “art star,” the world of present-day art, gallerists are also competing with one another for high-profile artists, and artists are switching galleries and representation in a series of economic moves that resemble the “free agency” in professional sports.

The book companies can the paradox of patronage 39 find ways to act like Thoreau, whom they publish. Where were the publishing houses when Dr. Spock and Mr. Goodman and Mr. Raskin—all three writers—were indicted? . You have given me an award for a book that has many poems in it against the war. I thank you for the award. 51 (March 6, 1969) The most dated part of this speech is the amount of the check. Today’s National Book Award winners each get $10,000 and a crystal sculpture. But there is something moving, still, about this spectacle of a poet trying to change the world with “many poems against the war”—and a thousand-dollar check.

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