John Berger, interview

november 23, 2011

The Paris Review: As a writer, your books have crossed and mixed genres, blending stories, essays, and a very intimate form of art criticism all your own.

John Berger: To tell the truth, I never really thought of myself as an art critic. I mean, I wrote a lot about art, particularly visual art, but my approach was—how to put it? The primary thing wasn’t to say whether a work was good or bad; it was rather to look and try to discover the stories within it. There was always this connection between art and all the other things that were happening in the world at the time, many of which were, in the wider sense of the word, political. For me, Bento’s Sketchbook, though it’s about drawing and flowers and Velasquez, among other things, is actually a political book. It’s an attempt to look at the world today and to try to face up to both the hope and despair that millions of people live with. In some very small and personal way, that’s what I wanted to address with this book.

Lees het interview dat The Paris Review via telefoon afnam van John Berger nav Bergers laatste (kunst)boek Bento’s Sketchbook , een mix van teksten en tekeningen rond leven en werk van Benedict “Bento” Spinoza.

Zie ook dit bericht en bekijk dit TV-interview met de 85-jarige Berger over zijn jongste boek:


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