Turner's Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages through Time Hardcover – Illustrated, 3 February 2017

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  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 176 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0300223145
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0300223149
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“[T]his lively, attractive book takes as its subject two key paintings, Harbor of Dieppe: Changement de Domicile and Cologne, the Arrival of a Packet-Boat: Evening . . . present[ing] an informative, accessible discussion of Turner’s art.”–CHOICECHOICE

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Susan Grace Galassi is senior curator at The Frick Collection. Ian Warrell is an independent curator. Joanna Sheers Seidenstein is the 2015–17 Anne L. Poulet Curatorial Fellow at The Frick Collection. Gillian Forrester is senior curator of prints and drawings at the Yale Center for British Art. Rebecca Hellen is paintings conservator at Tate Britain. Eloise Owens is a curatorial assistant at The Frick Collection.

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David Wineberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Doing Turner a Proper Turn
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doing Turner a Proper Turn
Reviewed in the United States on 23 February 2017
J.W.M. Turner is an artist whose style brings forth a stereotype; he is a brand. A Turner immediately conjures an image that is horizontal (landscape), with a huge sky, at least partly cloudy to filter the light of either the sun or the moon. The overall light is Mediterranean yellow, ochre and brown – even if the subject is say, Brighton. There always seems to be a water feature front and center, the better to reflect said sunlight/moonlight. The foreground is packed with tiny people going about their business, and the background is dominated by some huge building, mountain, or both, adding great distance and depth. Turner’s people are not very detailed, accurate or noteworthy, but his skies and scale are outstanding.

The exhibition at the Frick Museum does nothing to dispel these notions; it is called Turner’s Modern and Ancient Ports. This book is the catalog of the exhibition, and is a truly excellent standalone on Turner.

What the book does right is endless. It reproduces over 100 images, Turner paintings and sketches, but also works by others who are referenced in the text. And they are placed right in the text, exactly when you need to see them, not gathered in an image section. They are sized appropriately, and of course numbered for reference. It has even reproduced a painting of Turner, touching up a painting of his at the Royal Academy, in which the main source of light is the blazing sky of his painting. Delightful. There are five essays, each focusing on a different aspect, from the highly technical composition of his pigments to the plagiarism among artists, the historical contexts, and Turner’s playing loose with structures to suit his compositions. The essays tend to focus on two of the most famous Turners – Dieppe and Cologne, which the Frick owns and of which the Frick staff knows pretty much everything, down to the newspaper ad when their first owner auctioned them. There is very little overlap between the essays, and they reference each other, making the whole at least as valuable as the parts. They are well-written, easy to digest and authoritative. All the exhibition’s images are catalogued at the end, and a thorough bibliography makes it all a rock solid go-to on Turner. It is a distinct pleasure.

David Wineberg
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and informative
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shifting Currents indeed! Evocative Turner!
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