New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1989, 2005. First Trade Editions. Small folios. (26 cm.) 210pp.; 222pp. ills. Photo-pictorial dust jackets. Full black cloth with gilt titles on spine and blind stamped titles on front boards. Both books Near Fine. Item #88
John Updike, novelist of great reknown and numerous awards, nonetheless surprised quite a few people when he also proved to be a terrific art critic. His clever, yet casual approach to writing translated well to the issues of theme, culture and technique in the visual arts. "Just Looking" (1989) and "Still Looking" (2005), can be considered the bookends of his later years where he spent considerable time as an art critic for the New York Review of Books. Considered classics of art criticism, both books are generously illustrated, with most paintings reproduced in color. Perhaps most important and lasting, is Updike's constant belief in the power of art to change the mind and soul of man for the better. Additionally, both dust jackets were designed by artist and legendary book jacket designer, Chip Kidd.