Hot, Cold, Heavy, Light, 100 Art Writings 1988-2018

Peter Schjeldahl, Jarrett Earnest


Hot Cold Heavy Light collects 100 writings—some long, some short—that taken together forma group portrait of many of the world’s most significant and interesting artists. From Pablo Picasso to Cindy Sherman, Old Masters to contemporary masters, paintings to comix, and saints to charlatans, Schjeldahl ranges widely through the diverse and confusing art world, an expert guide to a dazzling scene. No other writer enhances the reader’s experience of art in precise, jargon-free prose as Schjeldahl does. His reviews are more essay than criticism, and he offers engaging and informative accounts of artists and their work. For more than three decades, he has written about art with Emersonian openness and clarity. A fresh perspective, an unexpected connection, a lucid gloss on a big idea awaits the reader on every page of this big, absorbing, buzzing book.

Creator Bio

Peter Schjeldahl has been the art critic for The New Yorker since 1998. Prior to that, he wrote art criticism for Seven Days and the Village Voice. A poet as well as a critic, he was the recipient of the 2008 Clark Prize for Excellence in Art Writing. He lives in New York City.
Jarrett Earnest is the author of What it Means to Write About Art: Interviews with Art Critics (2018). A frequent lecturer on contemporary art, he lives in New York City.
Price £19.99
Format Hardback
Publication Date 4 June 2019
Pages 368
Height 229mm
Width 152mm
Rights Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Central & South America, Caribbean
ISBN-13 9781419734380