In celebration of its centennial, the Gardner Museum asked artists and thinkers of its own time to go public with their private visions of the museum. In this book, filled with 120 color plates, their voices are joined and juxtaposed with those of Mrs. Gardner’s contemporaries, allowing readers to see the Gardner’s most beloved works through the eyes of such nineteenth- and twentieth-century thinkers as William James, Bill T. Jones, T. S. Eliot, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Julia Ward Howe and Sister Wendy. Robert Campbell takes as his subject the museum’s architecture, while Wayne Koestenbaum offers a homoerotic reading of works in the collection. Beautifully designed and extravagantly illustrated, Eye of the Beholder offers a richly textured exploration of one of the world’s great art collections.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published by Beacon Press, 2003