Now in rich color, thirty of American painter Edward Hopper's masterpieces with critiques from acclaimed poet Mark Strand. Strand deftly illuminates the work of the frequently misunderstood American painter, whose enigmatic paintings of gas stations, storefronts, cafeterias, and hotel rooms number among the most powerful of our time. In brief but wonderfully compelling comments accompanying each painting, the elegant expressiveness of Strand's language is put to the service of Hopper's visual world. The result is a singularly illuminating presentation of the work of one of America's best-known artists. Strand shows us how the formal elements of the paintings geometrical shapes pointing beyond the canvas, light from unseen sources locate the viewer, as he says, in a virtual space where the influence and availability of feeling predominate. An unforgettable combination of prose and painting in their highest forms, this book is a must for poetry and art lovers alike.
About the Author
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.
"Mark Strand looks more deeply into Hopper's pictures than anyone else has before." --Adam Gopnik
"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." --Wayne Theibaud
"Strand's perceptions are intuitive and visceral. I recommend this strange and wonderful book to anyone interested in Hopper's work." --Justin Spring, Artforum