Selected Art Writings 1985-1994.
James D. Campbell.
What is perhaps the most haunting of these portraits and sites (of Krausz) is not the dramatic specificity of their portrayal -- the conviction and solemnisation of their focus and their execution -- but the psychic intensity one intuits working there, that intangible aureole of clairvoyant intent that permeates imaged and abstracted spaces alike.
It might be interesting to speculate about how many intellectual connoisseurs of art there are in Canada. James D. Campbell's wide-ranging collection of forty essays on Canadian and international art (most previously published between 1966 and 1994 in a variety of sources) is truly erudite, a work of art in words. An art lover and analyst, the author seeks to "think through some of the true meanings of art" by absorbing the physical manifestations of the works and then looking intensely inwards.
Not recommended for high school libraries, but will provide a challenge for university readers and serious humanities patrons.
Grace Shaw is a teacher at Vancouver Community College.
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