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Stars in My Eyes
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Stars in My Eyes
Edition: 1
Creators: Don Bachardy
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Imprint: University of Wisconsin Press
Pub. date: 09/08/2000
Lib. SRP: 14.95 USD
Ret. SRP: 14.95 USD
Format: Open PDF eBook
ISBN: 9780299167332
DRM Level: Media Operation & Rights Access License
File size: 2882 KB
Languages:
   English
Subjects:
   Art, Biography & Autobiography, Nonfiction
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Short Description:
   

Stars in My Eyes is a revealing and entertaining collection of celebrity portraits, rendered both in acute drawings and in finely observed prose. In the 1970s and 1980s, internationally known artist Don Bachardy made portraits from life, depicting the actors, writers, artists, composers, directors, and Hollywood elite that he and his partner Christopher Isherwood knew. He then made detailed notes about these portrait sittings in the journal he has kept for more than forty years. The result is a unique document: we enter the mind of the artist as he records the images and behavior of his celebrity subjects—from Ruby Keeler and Barbara Stanwyck to Jack Nicholson and Linda Ronstadt—during their often intense collaboration with him.

Finalist, Lambda Book Award

Full Description:
   

Stars in My Eyes is a revealing and entertaining collection of celebrity portraits, rendered both in acute drawings and in finely observed prose. In the 1970s and 1980s, internationally known artist Don Bachardy made portraits from life, depicting the actors, writers, artists, composers, directors, and Hollywood elite that he and his partner Christopher Isherwood knew. He then made detailed notes about these portrait sittings in the journal he has kept for more than forty years. The result is a unique document: we enter the mind of the artist as he records the images and behavior of his celebrity subjects—from Ruby Keeler and Barbara Stanwyck to Jack Nicholson and Linda Ronstadt—during their often intense collaboration with him.

Finalist, Lambda Book Award

Table of Contents:
   

Illustrations

Introduction

Bette Davis

Myrna Loy

Paulette Goddard

Alice Faye

Ruby Keeler

Ginger Rogers

Aaron Copland

Joan Blondell

Ingrid Bergman

Alec Guiness

Peter Pears

Charlotte Rampling

Joan Fontaine

Maggie Smith

Louise Brooks

James Merrill

Barbara Stanwyck

Olivia de Havilland

Mia Farrow

Linda Ronstadt

Irwin Shaw

Iris Murdoch

Henry Fonda

William Wyler

Vincente Minnelli

Laurence Olivier

Julian Schnabel

Ellsworth Kelly

Jill St. John

Allen Ginsberg

Jack Nicholson

Helmut Newton

Jerry Brown

Reviews:
  Publisher's Weekly
     

September 11, 2000
Like Richard Avedon's noted portrait photographs, Bachardy's pencil and ink wash drawings (from early in his career) and his later pen and brush, and then just brush, paintings distill the essence of a sitter with a startlingly blunt honesty that is often not very flattering. Bachardy, whose work hangs in such museums as the Metropolitan in New York and London's National Portrait Gallery, has assembled portraits of 33 noted personalities in the arts--including Maggie Smith, Laurence Olivier, Linda Ronstadt, Ellsworth Kelly, James Merrill, Iris Murdoch, Ruby Keeler--along with his diary entries about the sittings, which occurred between 1973 and 1984. As striking as his drawings are, his perceptive and informative journal entries are what make this collection so vital. Candid, often witty and decidedly opinionated, he spares no details about how difficult some of his subjects have been ("I will have approval of what you do today, won't I?" inquires a diffident Alice Faye). Speaking frequently of his own life (he was novelist Christopher Isherwood's lover for 33 years, beginning when Bachardy was 18 and the writer was 48), Bachardy provides a unique view of his creative process. He is at his most revealing, however, when he describes the complex interplay between subject and artist.

  Library Journal
     

August 9, 2000
Portraitist Bachardy (Christopher Isherwood: Last Drawings) muses on the implications of looking and being looked at in this book comprising drawings of celebrities and diary entries spanning the 1970s and 1980s. Through literary icon Isherwood (his companion of over 30 years), the artist gained entrance to a world that mesmerized him at an early age. This culmination of his work is a fascinating blend of art and anecdote. Bachardy's own interpretations, however, tend to undermine his purported intention to portray truthfulness of vision (his vision) regardless of his subjects' preconceptions. Thus, the reader is treated to a highly subjective (though entertaining) view despite the pretense of objectivity. The author seems spellbound by his subjects--many in the twilight of their careers, including Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, Ginger Rogers, Vincente Minnelli, and Aaron Copland--yet often becomes disenchanted to the point of cattiness (even misanthropy) when reality betrays image. As such, this "experience" of portraiture and deconstruction of image reveals as much about the artist as it does his sitters. Recommended.--Jayne Plymale, Univ. of Georgia, Athens

Copyright 2000 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Creator Marketing:
  Don Bachardy     
     

Don Bachardy lives in Santa Monica, California. His drawings and paintings are in the collections of many major art museums, including the Metropolitan in New York, the de Young in San Francisco, the Fogg in Cambridge, the Smithsonian in Washington, and the National Portrait Gallery in London. He has published six other books of his drawings, including Christopher Isherwood: Last Drawings and Drawings of the Male Nude, and he is coeditor of Where Joy Resides: A Christopher Isherwood Reader.

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