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As If Art Matters
Modern and post modern art
reviews and commentary

by Alec Clayton

A look at the essential elements that lift the best of fine visual art above the mundane, including reviews ranging from Vincent van Gogh to the New York School to contemporary video, film and installation artists such as Bill Viola and Sandy Skoglund, plus reviews of many artists in the Pacific Northwest who are recognized regionally but do not enjoy the wider acclaim they richly deserve.

This is a book of art reviews and essays on art.

  • The Case Against Wall Fodder
  • Down with Namby Pamby Art
  • Abstract Art and Figurative Art
  • Regional Artists, Not Regional Art

Also included are selected reviews written for Art Access and The Weekly Volcano, including reviews of exhibitions by Vincent van Gogh, Bill Viola, Morris Graves and many more nationally and internationally known artists, and regional artists from the Pacific Northwest whose works are rarely reviewed anywhere else.

Read the reviews!
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"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

As If Art Matters book cover

Trade paper $10.00
Kindle edition $5.00
Pages: 120
Publication year: 2008

ISBN: 978-0980032246


  • Americans in Paris
  • Ross Palmer Beecher
  • Donald Cole
  • Contemporary Basket Invitational
  • Marita Dingus
  • Morris Graves
  • The Great American Thing
  • Ric Hall and Ron Schmitt
  • Fay Jones and Gaylen Hansen
  • Ron Hinson
  • Reilly Jensen
  • Diane Kurzyna
  • Paul and Dante Marioni
  • William Morris
  • The New York School
  • Barlow Palmenteri
  • Willie Ray Parish
  • Joseph Park and Phillip Pearlstein
  • Chauney Peck
  • Seattle Grunge Art
  • Holly Senn
  • Sandy Skoglund
  • CJ Swanson and David Goldberg
  • Van Gogh
  • Bill Viola
  • Dave Wegener
  • Thornton Willis

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

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