Biographical Encyclopedia of Artists (4 Volume Set)

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Alphabetically-arranged entries provide information on the life of notable artists, characteristics of their works, significance of their work, career milestones, and locations where their work is displayed.

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Lawrence Gowing (1918-1991), art historian, teacher, and painter, was the author of "Cezanne: The Early Years", and curator of the landmark exhibition mounted in Paris in 1988. His last books were "Cezanne: The Basel Sketchbooks" (1988) and "Paintings in the Louvre" (1994).

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*Starred Review* This fine set is a companion to the Facts On File Encyclopedia of Art. Both sets are revisions of 1983 titles. That general editor Sir Lawrence Gowing died in 1991 should prove no more problematic than the fact that Helen Gardner and H. W. Janson, authors of classic and regularly updated art histories, died in 1946 and 1982, respectively.

Biographical Encyclopedia of Artists has been ably, if not thoroughly, updated since the 1983 edition. A quick count indicates 78 living artists in the new set (many of these also in the earlier edition), including Laurie Anderson, Christo, Jasper Johns, Sol LeWitt, Gerhard Richter, Richard Serra, Frank Stella, Antoni Tapies, Cy Twombly, and Andrew Wyeth. Among the living, the mix is about equally British (befitting the encyclopedia's British origins) and American, with a smaller contingent from the rest of the world. Most of the artists first made their mark in the 1960s or earlier, with architect Maya Lin (born 1959) one of extremely few, living or dead, born after 1950. Among the missing are the late Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, any of the Young British Artists such as Damien Hirst, or any photographer not equally or better known for works in other media. For contemporary artists or photographers, one should look elsewhere.

The strength of these volumes is in the clearly written, authoritative articles; handsome illustrations; and coverage of artists, from ancient Greece to the twentieth century, who have stood the test of time. Several pages and multiple illustrations are allotted to artists of the stature of Goya, Michelangelo, Picasso, Poussin, Rembrandt, van Gogh, and Velazquez. Hundreds of other painters, sculptors, and architects, as well as a smattering of illustrators, printmakers, designers, and critics, receive entries from a paragraph to a page or more. Dozens of Japanese and Chinese artists are included. Almost every page has one or two illustrations, roughly half in color. Further reading selections follow longer entries. A chronology of artists begins volume 1. Volume 4 concludes with a glossary (helpfully illustrated with line drawings) and an index of proper names (including capsule descriptions of lesser-known artists not mentioned in the main text).

Highly recommended, especially in combination with the companion set, for libraries serving readers at the high-school level and above. Craig Bunch
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