Clement Greenberg: Between The Lines

Clement Greenberg: Between The Lines

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by Thierry de Duve
     
 

The late critic Clement Greenberg remains best known as the man who almost single-handedly put Jackson Pollock, Barnett Newman and Clyfford Still on the map of modern art. His formalist conception of art was violently contested by the succeeding generation of artists and critics, who found Greenberg's approach narrow and dogmatic. In this aptly titled study, art… See more details below

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The late critic Clement Greenberg remains best known as the man who almost single-handedly put Jackson Pollock, Barnett Newman and Clyfford Still on the map of modern art. His formalist conception of art was violently contested by the succeeding generation of artists and critics, who found Greenberg's approach narrow and dogmatic. In this aptly titled study, art historian Thierry de Duve offers a long-overdue reassessment of Greenberg's work, stripping the mask off the familiar icon of modernism. Giving his seminal essays the most careful rereading in years, de Duve reveals an unexpected Greenberg, a passionate art lover open to changes in judgment, a cultured student of modernity and a subtle theorist at odds with nascent postmodernity. An invaluable reference for anyone interested in how critics help to shape the culture they write about.

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De Duve (editor of The Definitively Unfinished Marcel Duchamp, M.I.T., 1991) is an expert on theoretical aesthetics and thus well suited to reassess the formalist tenets of the late American art critic's theory on art and culture, exemplified by his influential essays "Avant-Garde and Kitsch" and "Newer Laocon." De Duve's close readings of Greenbergwhich are spin-offs from essays by T.J. Clark and Michael Fried that appeared in Pollock and After: The Critical Debate (HarperCollins, 1985)contain much of interest, and the author clearly enjoys matching wits with "the world's best known art critic," especially when he relates Greenberg's texts to the arguments of Kant. The book also records Greenberg's never-before-published comments (hardly a debate) at the University of Ottawa in 1987. Off-the-cuff observations reveal the depth of his thoughts and the genuineness of his personality. For academic collections on modernism and aesthetics.Mary Hamel-Schwulst, Towson State Univ., Md.

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ISBN-13:
9782906571532
Publisher:
Editions Dis Voir
Publication date:
05/02/1996
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.55(w) x 8.41(h) x 0.40(d)

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