Writing for art is a concise introduction to the subject of ekphrasis, and the first study to offer a useful general survey of the larger philosophical and theoretical questions arising from the encounter of literary texts and artworks.
Stephen Cheeke offers close readings of poems and prose from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries alongside a generous amount of illustrations, covering a broad range of writing and theory about the relation of literary texts to the visual arts, and extending the subject of ekphrasis to include literary works on photography, as well as celebrated prose descriptions of artworks.
Writing for art is written to appeal to both the non-specialist and specialist reader alike.
Writing for art is an exigent text, is lucidly and engagingly written. Cheeke makes one want to read the books and poems and look at the pictures again. Donald Lee, The Art Newspaper