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Perfect Wave: More Essays on Art and Democracy [Hardcover]

Item : Perfect Wave: More Essays on Art and Democracy [Hardcover]
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Author Author : Hickey, Dave
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0226333132
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780226333137
Publisher Publisher : University Of Chicago Press
Pages Pages : 240
Binding Binding : Hardcover
Item ID : 100633400

When Dave Hickey was twelve, he rode the surfer’s dream: the perfect wave. And, like so many things in life we long for, it didn’t quite turn out----he shot the pier and dashed himself against the rocks of Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach, which just about killed him.
 
Fortunately, for Hickey and for us, he survived, and continues to battle, decades into a career as one of America’s foremost critical iconoclasts, a trusted, even cherished no-nonsense voice commenting on the all-too-often nonsensical worlds of art and culture.Perfect Wavebrings together essays on a wide range of subjects from throughout Hickey’s career, displaying his usual breadth of interest and powerful insight into what makes art work, or not, and why we care. With Hickey as our guide, we travel to Disneyland and Vegas, London and Venice. We discover the genius of Karen Carpenter and Waylon Jennings, learn why Robert Mitchum matters more than Jimmy Stewart, and see how the stillness of Antonioni speaks to us today. Never slow to judge—or to surprise us in doing so—Hickey powerfully relates his wincing disappointment in the later career of his early hero Susan Sontag, and shows us the appeal to our commonality that we’ve been missing in Norman Rockwell. With each essay, the doing is as important as what’s done; the pleasure of reading Dave Hickey lies nearly as much in spending time in his company as in being surprised to find yourself agreeing with his conclusions.
 
Bookended by previously unpublished personal essays that offer a new glimpse into Hickey’s own life—including the aforementioned slam-bang conclusion to his youthful surfing career—Perfect Waveis not a perfect book. But it’s a damn good one, and a welcome addition to the Hickey canon.
 

Dave Hickeyis former executive editor of Art in America and the author of25 Womel

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