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Edward Hopper's paintings are icons of American culture. His representations of gas stations, storefronts, cafeterias and hotel rooms embody the solitude of travel and adult life in the America of the thirties, forties and fifties. Because of the familiarity of his subject matter, Hopper has been pigeon-holed both historically, as an American realist, and thematically, as an artist of alienation.
Mark Strand, recent poet laureate and writer of many books of award-winning poetry, approaches Hopper's work with a fresh eye, exploring the aesthetic principles behind the paintings. Strand, whose poems move through a terrain similar to that portrayed by Hopper, possesses a unique and powerful understanding of what makes the paintings so moving and memorable. He writes with his distinctive clarity and grace, examining twenty-three of Hopper's most important works. He cites aesthetic reasons for Hopper's continuing ability to deeply move people in an America that has grown considerably more complex both politically and socially since mid-century.
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"Mark Strand looks more deeply into Hopper's pictures than anyone else has before."
"Strand takes the poet's entrance into the silent world of Hopper with a gift of words that allows painter and poet to become partners in opening the windows of the imagination."
"Strand's perceptions are intuitive and visceral. I recommend this strange and wonderful book to anyone interested in Hopper's work."
--Justin Spring, Artforum
Mark Strand was born in Prince Edward Island, Canada, and was the author of many books of poems, three volumes of translations, and one book of short stories. He received numerous honors and awards over his lifetime, including a MacArthur Fellowship, the Pulitzer Prize (for Blizzard of One), the Bollingen Prize, and the Gold Medal for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1990, he was appointed poet laureate of the United States. He died in November 2014, after being nominated for a National Book Award for Collected Poems.
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Book Description Ecco Press, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB0880013435
Book Description Ecco Press, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0880013435