The Art of Dying: Writings, 2019-2022 (Hardcover)

The Art of Dying: Writings, 2019-2022 By Peter Schjeldahl, Steve Martin (Foreword by), Jarrett Earnest (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Peter Schjeldahl, Steve Martin (Foreword by), Jarrett Earnest (Introduction by)
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The complete last essays of acclaimed writer Peter Schjeldahl, the great New Yorker art critic and Pulitzer Prize finalist.
Foreword by Steve Martin
Introduction by Jarrett Earnest
When the New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl published his widely read autobiographical essay “The Art of Dying” in December 2019, he reported that he had lung cancer and his oncologist had given him six months to live, but his experimental treatment was showing some improvement. “These extra months,” he wrote, “are a luxury that I hope to have put to good use.” And he did. The Art of Dying: Writings, 2019-2022 begins with that essay and collects all 46 pieces that he wrote for the magazine before his death in October 2022.
These last works express Schjeldahl’s hard-won reflections on art and life, against the backdrop of an intensely anxious period in America, spanning the pandemic, the George Floyd protests, the 2020 presidential election, and the war in Ukraine. Schjeldahl, who was the leading art writer of his generation, wrote with generosity and openness about the art world during these tempestuous three years.

About the Author

Peter Schjeldahl was the art critic for The New Yorker for 24 years until his death in 2022. He was a finalist for the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in Criticism. Prior to that, he wrote art criticism for Seven Days and the Village Voice. In 2019, Abrams published his Hot, Cold, Heavy, Light: 100 Art Writings, 1988-2018, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Jarrett Earnest is a writer and curator, and the author of What it Means to Write About Art: Interviews with Art Critics (2018). He lives in New York City.

Praise For…

“Brilliant … a testament to Schjeldahl’s unique ability to make tangible art’s emotional effects on the viewer … This posthumous collection will be a gift to Schjeldahl’s admirers and a revelation to those new to his work.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A gorgeous memento mori from a singular writer.”
— Kirkus (starred review)

Product Details
ISBN: 9781419773242
ISBN-10: 1419773240
Publisher: Abrams Press
Publication Date: May 14th, 2024
Pages: 304
Language: English