A Wise Extravagance
The Founding of the Carnegie International Exhibitions, 1895–1901
Art historian Kenneth Neal's A Wise Extravagance chronicles the first six years of the enterprise's history. . . in a lively, spirited manner. Very well written and a fascinating account, [the book] relates the institution and the exhibition series to the social and intellectual context of their day, and to the ambitions, predilecitons, and personalities of the key players involved. Vivid depictions: the city of Pittsburgh, the angry artists, the miffy critics. Vivid the sense that even today so little has really changed. . . . Part of the pleasure . . . is the way in which each topic is brought so energetically to life—anecdotal, sparkling thread-togethers of the dusty records brought to life.