Capacity: History, the World, and the Self in Contemporary Art and Criticism / Edition 1

Capacity: History, the World, and the Self in Contemporary Art and Criticism / Edition 1

by Thomas McEvilley
     
 

ISBN-10: 9057010410

ISBN-13: 9789057010415

Pub. Date: 12/01/1996

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

G. Roger Denson brings singular insight to Thomas McEvilley's writings. As an art writer he has explored similar territory, but from the point of view of a nomadic ideologist. His approach matches that of his subject. He addresses the issues of pragmatism, historicism, and cultural relativism. In so doing, he effectively dismantles the need to establish a master…  See more details below

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G. Roger Denson brings singular insight to Thomas McEvilley's writings. As an art writer he has explored similar territory, but from the point of view of a nomadic ideologist. His approach matches that of his subject. He addresses the issues of pragmatism, historicism, and cultural relativism. In so doing, he effectively dismantles the need to establish a master narrative. The contrast and agreement between these two writers constitutes a mapping of the terrain of contemporary culture.
What sets Thomas McEvilley apart from other critics in art and culture is his direct knowledge of the newest art and theory, and his comprehensive understanding of classic art and ancient civilizations. It is rare to find a writer equally fluent in the production of modernist aesthetics, the anti-aesthetics of post-modernism, T'ang Dynasty Taoist painting, the doctrines of the Tantra, Platonic mysticism, and Aristotelian logic. This vast knowledge has enabled him to produce some of the best-conceived and eccentric

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789057010415
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/01/1996
Series:
Critical Voices in Art, Theory and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Series
Preface
Foreword: Thomas McEvilley, Capacious Savant1
1History as Context: Expanding Modernist Form8
1Heads It's Form, Tails It's Not Content22
2Seeking the Primal Through Paint: The Monochrome Icon45
2The World and Its Difference90
3Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief: "Primitivism" in Twentieth-Century Art at the Museum of Modern Art101
4History, Quality, Globalism119
5Arrivederci, Venice: The Third World Biennials134
3The Self and Subjectivity144
6"I Am," Is a Vain Thought150
7Penelope's Night Work: Negative Thinking in Greek Philosophy166
8Empyrrhical Thinking (And Why Kant Can't)188
4Reincarnations and Visitations: Modernism and Postmodernism All Over Again206
9On The Manner of Addressing Clouds223

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