Eric Karpeles and Mark Danner

Józef Czapski: An Apprenticeship of Looking
Eric Karpeles Józef Czapski: An Apprenticeship of Looking Point Reyes Books
Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 7:00pm
Point Reyes Books
11315 CA-1
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956


Free, donations welcome

Artist and writer Eric Karpeles returns to the bookstore to discuss his new book on Polish artist and writer Józef Czapski, Józef Czapski: An Apprenticeship of Looking, with Mark Danner.

About Józef Czapski: An Apprenticeship of Looking

This stunning monograph, a long-overdue critical appraisal of Polish artist Jo zef Czapski arrives at a moment when the artist's legacy is gaining new recognition. Within these pages, author Eric Karpeles conveys how making art was so enmeshed with Czapski's way of seeing and being in the world that it was second nature. Given that he lived into his ninety-seventh year, it's no surprise that the artist has works dating from every decade of the twentieth century but the first. As witness to the tumultuous events of that century, he found in painting "a refuge and a salvation."

Prolific as a painter, he was equally disciplined in recording the events of his life in pencil, ink, and watercolor in his journals. At a time when abstract art tended to dominate aesthetic discourse, he preferred to observe the world around him, to portray people going about their daily business. Some of his most compelling works depict theatergoers and art lovers doing what they do best--looking.

About Eric Karpeles

A fellow of the Czesław Miłosz Institute at Claremont McKenna College, Eric Karpeles is a painter, writer, and translator. His comprehensive guide, Paintings in Proust, considers the intersection of literary and visual aesthetics in the work of the great French novelist. He is the author of Almost Nothing, a biography of Polish painter and writer Józef Czapski. Lost Time is his translation of Czapski’s lectures on Proust given in a Soviet prison camp, and An Apprenticeship of Looking is his monograph study of Czapski’s paintings and drawings. 


Józef Czapski: An Apprenticeship of Looking Cover Image
ISBN: 9780500023044
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Thames & Hudson - October 15th, 2019

Almost Nothing: The 20th-Century Art and Life of Józef Czapski Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681372846
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Published: New York Review Books - November 6th, 2018

Lost Time: Lectures on Proust in a Soviet Prison Camp Cover Image
By Jozef Czapski, Eric Karpeles (Translated by), Eric Karpeles (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781681372587
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Published: NYRB Classics - November 6th, 2018