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Reviews of As If Art Matters

This little book is great. 
- Becky Hendrick, author of author of Getting It: a Guide to Understanding and Appreciating Art.

I believe that we should approach visual arts the same way we approach life. That is, seeking out new experiences, savoring the foreign, valuing the unfamiliar. Those are the things that teach us. Alec Clayton has opened my eyes to the art world. He writes intelligently about art without using overblown art jargon. I don't need Fancy School's art history degree to understand his writing. His words are luminescent, entertaining and refreshing. Buy this book, gain knowledge of the visual arts, then laugh at Fancy School's tuition. - Ron Swarner, editor, Weekly Volcano
Alec Clayton communicates about art in a thoughtful, personal manner providing context and commentary to artwork with a writing style that is accessible. His interpretation reveals a breadth of knowledge that he generously shares without pretension, illuminating the art, the artists, and exhibits with a point of view that reveals his interest and curiosity in an honest and clear voice. - Amy McBride, Public Arts Administrator
Alec's articles are always informative, and it is not infrequent that his reviews prompt me to view the art he discusses. He is one of those rare writers on visual art who can accurately describe the works he chooses to discuss while at the same time providing an assessment of the quality of the artwork. His experience as an artist as well as a writer informs his articles with sensitive understanding to help the viewer perceive ways to focus her or his viewing of the art. His personal integrity and his generosity as a humanist are manifest in his reviews for the Volcano. - Ron Hinson, artist
As a newcomer to Tacoma Washington I became aware of Alec Clayton's reviews in the local papers, The News Tribune and the Volcano. I thought this guy is pretty well-rounded, reviewing sometimes theater and sometimes art exhibited in local art galleries. Because of this I bought his book.
What's interesting about it is his casual approach to describing the visual arts, sculpture and painting, with little negative judgement, and he can place it in an art historical context. He feel like you are seeing what he sees. I personally think it helps that he is an accomplished painter himself. It is a rare critic who can see from both sides of the fence. This is a really good and informative read. - Lynn Di Nino (Tacoma, Washington), artist, 
There are not too many regional art criticism books so that alone makes this book very unusual. It is not true that all the artists live in the major cities of the world, Alec does reviews and writes about his area artists and he gives them the respect that they deserve and need. His technique is like a professional art viewer or a chef who loves to cook for the flavor. As if he loves to look at art and think about it.
I know some art critics are swayed by mere trend and youth and therefore only gravitate toward the latest young artist out of art school,so his writings are the anecdote to those blinded by the glitz. He gets why artists keep at it. Alec reminds me of the artist/critic Fairfield Porter who made a living writing art criticism and was an accomplished painter. - Camile Abernathy "Cami," (Sun Valley ID),
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