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Magicians & Charlatans

Essays on Art and Culture

Jed Perl

10 x 7 inches, 360 pages, 24 full color illustrations, 5 duotones

Publication Date:
Art & Architecture

The Eakins Press Foundation is proud to announce the publication of Magicians & Charlatans, by the art critic Jed Perl. In this collection of 26 essays, Mr. Perl writes with great urgency about the art scene of the past decade. The poet John Ashbery has said that “For years Jed Perl has been covering the art world with tremendous empathy and unsparing accuracy. His ability to recognize the traditional forms of art behind their continual transmutation has made his an almost solitary, essential voice.” The essays range from highly controversial critiques of the painter Gerhard Richter, the art dealer Leo Castelli, and the Museum of Modern Art, to appreciations of the art of Bernini and Chardin, and the writings of Edmund Wilson and Meyer Schapiro. Magicians & Charlatans includes 29 finely printed illustrations. 



Colophon: Design & typography by Howard I. Gralla; Printed at The Studley Press; Bound by Roswell Bookbinding.
Specs: 10 x 7 inches, 360 pages, 24 full color illustrations, 5 duotones

REVIEW: hyperallergic.com

"Jed Perl's Magicians & Charlatans: In An Ailing Art World, the Best Discoveries Can Stir the Soul," by Edward M. Gómez

January 11, 2014



REVIEW: The New York Review of Books 

"A 'Treacherous' Art Scene," by Julian Bell

November 21, 2013



LECTURE: 2013 Distinguished Lecturer: Jed Perl

August 25, 2013, Sunday, 5:00pm

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art

Event Location: Rockport Opera House, 6 Central Street

Rockport, Maine 04856

(207) 236-2875



REVIEW: The Atlantic

"Cover to Cover" 

January/February 2013



LECTURE: Magicians & Charlatans and the Eakins Press Foundation

A Conversation about art, archives, and collaboration between author, Jed Perl and publisher, Peter Kayafas

February 7, 2013, Thursday, 6-8:00pm

Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin (21st and Guadalupe Streets)

Austin, Texas 78712

(512) 471-8944



REVIEW: The Wall Street Journal

"Portrait of Art's Critic" by Gary Shapiro

December 15-16, 2012



REVIEW: The Wall Street Journal

"Twelve Months of Reading" [Martin Peretz section]

December 15-16, 2012 




"Jed Perl: Magicians and Charlatans" by John Seed

December 14, 2012



REVIEW: Martin Mugar's Painting Blog

"Thinking back on more than twenty years of art criticism by Jed Perl on the occasion of the publication of his most recent collection of essays by the Eakins Press Foundation"

December 12, 2012



REVIEW: The Wall Street Journal

"Perl Before the Sublime" by E.A. Carmean Jr.

November 30, 2012



REVIEW: Harper's Magazine

"New Books" by Joshua Cohen

October 2012



LECTURE: Magicians & Charlatans and the Eakins Press Foundation – An Evening wih Jed Perl

October 21, 2012, Sunday, 6-8:00pm

ARCANA: Books on the Arts

The Historic Helms Bakery, 8675 Washington Boulevard

Culver City, CA 90232

(310) 458-1499



RESOURCE: Jed Perl, Art Critic

The New Republic



RESOURCE: Jed Perl, Visiting Professor

The New School - Eugene Lang College For Liberal Arts