|Publish Date:||Nov 2011|
|Number of Pages:||165|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.45|
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Ross Feld, 1957 - 2001 Ross Feld was born in Brooklyn, New York and graduated from the City College of New York. He started his career in 1968 as a copy editor for Time-Life Books before becoming an Editor at Grove Press. From 1978 till 1994, Feld reviewed fiction at Kirkus Reviews and was a contributor to various art fiction and poetry publications such as Parnassus. His first book of poetry was published in 1972 and is entitled "Plum Poems". Feld is the author of four novels, "Years Out" published in 1973, "Only Shorter" published in 1982, a story about his first escape from cancer, "Shapes Mistaken" published in 1989 and "Zwilling's Dream" published in 1999 and optioned for a movie.
"Zwilling's Dream" was named one of the best books of 1999 by The Los Angeles Times. Ross Feld died on May 9 in his home town of Cincinatti at the age of 53. The 'cause of death was pneumonia related to cancer.
Following his much-derided break from pure abstract art, the American artist Philip Guston (1913-80) wrote a letter to the novelist and critic Feld (Zwilling's Dream), initiating a stimulating friendship that would span the last five years of Guston's life. Prior to his own death in 2001, Feld assembled this collection of personal reminiscences and anecdotes from his dynamic interaction with one of 20th-century America's most enigmatic artists. Though perfectly timed to correspond with the retrospective exhibition of Guston's work organized by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (see Michael Auping's excellent Philip Guston Retrospective), this biography/remembrance/collected letters suffers from a lack of identity and focus.
Rather than a critical analysis of Guston's late work, it is a record of the intellectual sparring match between two dear friends. Each chapter of the book's first section begins with a letter or excerpt, but these are not fully identified or reproduced in full in the otherwise chronological compilation of letters that follows. The "Letters" section offers a wonderful epistolary record of the dialog between artist and writer; however, the format and arrangement of the book hinders any straightforward examination of the letters. Recommended only for libraries wishing to supplement existing Guston scholarship.
-Kraig Binkowski, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington
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