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When the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre inthousands of people flocked to see where it had once been on display. This book was a bit too technical for me but I think it would be fascinating for someone with a more artistic background.
Oct 02, Karin Gottshall rated it it was amazing. Or maybe he’s just too difficult to really fit into the popular nonfiction category, but too readable to be pigeonholed as academic. Svetboym rated it it was amazing Mar 14, So it uses the premise of the theft of the Mona Lisa inand the subsequent phenomena of people flocking to view the empty space, as a gateway into concepts like the gaze, authenticity, absence, and signifiers in art.
Stealing the Mona Lisa lacks the breezy charm of Leader-as-agony-uncle, and too often his thinking is mired in the plodding language of flip charts. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.
This is a book about why we look at art, and what, indeed, we might be hoping to find. Putting words into the infant Leonardo’s mouth, Freud recalls a time when he fondly believed his mother to have a penis like his own, and had to deal with the subsequent trauma of discovering otherwise.
Stealing the Mona Lisa: He pronounces on everything from why we munch popcorn in the cinema to what lies behind that Hammer Horror feeling that a portrait’s eyes are following us, rallying a predictably Zeitgeisty selection of evidence from The Full Monty to the paintings of LS Lowry.
Both utilise their armoury of psycho-tools to demonstrate that images are a veil disguising subconscious phenomena we’d rather not see. A third was discovered beneath a parasol, asleep. The culprit, a penniless house-painter named Vincenzo Perugia, had strolled out of the Louvre with the Mona Lisa under his smock and taken the bus home.
He tries to avoid saying so, admitting that “if readers saw the word ‘religion’ on page one, they would probably close the book”. Apr 06, Pam rated it liked it Shelves: Although he roams from cave paintings to Picasso, what Leader often means by art is conceptualism the book’s dedication hints at why so many of his examples are works by Sarah Lucas. Some of Leader’s ideas seem far-fetched, but I love that he’s continually casting out beyond the familiar, into the strangeness of our desires.
Evrimka rated it really liked it Jan 18, Many of them had never seen the painting in the first place. Darian Leader is a British psychoanalyst and author.
Art and design books Darian Leader reviews. This is a book about why we look at art and what, indeed, we might be hoping to find.
The first attendant to spot the space on the wall assumed it had been taken down to be photographed. For every theory that leaves me unconvinced, he posits ten more that allow me to see myself and the world differently, in ways that feel profound and true. Combining anecdote, observation and analysis, with examples taken from classical and contemporary art, Leader discusses such seminal figures as Leonardo, Picasso and Duchamp, as well as Bacon, Lowry and the Young British Artists.
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This sealing is not yet featured on Listopia. Be the monna to ask a question about Stealing the Mona Lisa. When the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre init was twenty-four hours before anyone noticed it was missing.
Many of them had never seen the painting in the first place. Exploring the human motivation for creating and viewing art is an interesting topic, but this title will not appeal to most readers.
Izzylf rated it really liked it Jul 16, The opening chapter finds him in the Rothko chapel in Houston, Texas, dominated by vast blobs which leave him feeling “coddled, nearly smothered, in a smooth but impalpable softness”.
Why should some artists feel compelled to lead lives that are more colourful than their works? Mona is back now, of course, smiling wanly through a carapace of yellowing varnish and bullet-proof glass. Taking the intriguing story of the Mona Lisa’s two year disappearance as his starting point, Darian Leader explores the psychology of looking at visual art.
Leader tempers many of his observations with judicious wit, which is just as well since with mothers and penises looming so large throughout, it’s hard not to hear the mocha-rich tones of Frasier Crane.