Renowned art critic Martin Gayford has travelled the world both to see works of art and to meet artists. His journeys have involved frustrations and complications as well as serendipitous encounters and plenty of surprises. From Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris to Gilbert & George in Beijing, from prehistoric cave art in France to the museum island of Naoshima in Japan, we can look forward to a hundred stories condensed into one thrilling evening.
The Pursuit of Art grew out of a series of broadcasts for BBC Radio 3. Gayford has added many more tales and is a perceptive and well-informed companion, sharing the highs and lows of cultural travel in a highly readable and tantalisingly evocative collection.
Martin Gayford writes about art for The Spectator. His books include Man with a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud; David Hockney: A Bigger Message and Rendez-vous with Art (with Philippe de Montebello), Modernists & Mavericks, and he is also the co-author with David Hockney of A History of Pictures.
Of The Pursuit of Art Artbookreview put it best: “a thumping good read”