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Publish Date: June 2011
The Suspension of Time
Reflections on Simon Dinnerstein and The Fulbright Triptych
BY Daniel Slager
Completed in 1974, and standing over six feet tall and fourteen feet wide, The Fulbright Triptych is widely considered a masterpiece of contemporary art: a striking family tableau rendered in vivid detail on three wood panels, which has quietly inspired, exhorted, and challenged its viewers for years.
Reflections on a distinctive American masterpiece, reproduced in full color.
The Suspension of Time is a collection of essays on this singular work of art. It includes writing by an extraordinarily diverse range of contributors, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jhumpa Lahiri to acclaimed poet Dan Beachy-Quick, and from art historians such as Colin Eisler, Albert Boime, and Thomas M. Messer to composer George Crumb and actor John Turturro. Each essay in The Suspension of Time offers its unique perspective, but taken as a whole they develop a dialogue of collaboration that directly reflects The Fulbright Triptych’s inherent message of symphonic connectivity, demonstrating the rich potential for collaboration between visual, literary, musical, and other arts.
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Named "Year's Best Reading" for 2011 by Barnes & Noble—editors of the Barnes & Noble Review
“Simon Dinnerstein’s Fulbright Triptych is one of those singular and astonishing works of art which seem to imply a description of the whole world merely by insisting on a scrupulous gaze at one perfect instant. . . . This book is like tuning the painting in like a radio, to a station where these responses were always already playing.”—Jonathan Lethem
“In The Suspension of Time, Dinnerstein continues the life of “A”. Being an artist, yet also recognizing oneself as the protagonist in an artist’s project, must evoke curious and complex feelings—not unlike seeing oneself turn or being turned into a character in a novel.”—J. M. Coetzee
“Simon Dinnerstein paints with a reverence for life that is rare. The radiance of his light can transform reality into a presence that is essential, mythic, and dreamlike."—George Tooker