Clement Greenberg, Late Writings

Clement Greenberg, Late Writings

by Clement Greenberg
     
 

Clement Greenberg (1909-1994) was a colossus of twentieth-century American art, achieving a degree of authority almost unimaginable for a critic today. For more than thirty years he was both lionized as a proponent of formalism and criticized for his perceived dogmatism. In the postwar period Greenberg used his position of influence to advocate the importance of

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Clement Greenberg (1909-1994) was a colossus of twentieth-century American art, achieving a degree of authority almost unimaginable for a critic today. For more than thirty years he was both lionized as a proponent of formalism and criticized for his perceived dogmatism. In the postwar period Greenberg used his position of influence to advocate the importance of abstract expressionism and color-field painting and to establish the careers of such artists as Jackson Pollock, Hans Hofmann, Barnett Newman, and Willem de Kooning. With the coming of pop art, performance and conceptual art, and postmodernism, however, Greenberg found his position increasingly challenged.

Edited with an introduction by critic Robert C. Morgan, Clement Greenberg, Late Writingsis the first collection from the period 1970 to 1990, and the only comprehensive resource for Greenberg’s thought during the last third of his life. While earlier works have covered Greenberg’s early and middle career, this volume spans his mature period, during which he reevaluates and refines many of his earlier tenets in some of his most carefully crafted and engaging work. Exploring a surprising breadth of issues and mediums and demonstrating a depth of aesthetic and philosophical insights, in these relatively unknown works Greenberg incites a new direction for modernism beyond the twentieth century.

This essential volume includes five interviews from the end of his life in which Greenberg revisits some of the concerns of his formative years, illuminating the progression of his thought. Late Writings is an integral resource as issues of quality and significance in the dynamic world of art continue to be redefined.

Clement Greenberg was the most influential art critic of the postwar period. He was the author of numerous books, and his essays appeared in art magazines as well as such publications as Partisan Review, Commentary, and The Nation.

Robert C. Morgan is the author of The End of the Art World and of a monograph on the optical painter Vasarely. In addition to his work as a critic, artist, art historian, and curator, he is visiting professor of art at Hunter College in New York City.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816639380
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
02/15/2003
Edition description:
1
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Crux of Modernism
Robert C. Morgan
IThe Avant-Garde and Modernism
Counter-Avant-Garde5
Looking for the Avant-Garde19
Modern and Postmodern25
Beginnings of Modernism34
IIStates of Criticism
Necessity of "Formalism"45
Can Taste Be Objective?50
Abstract, Representational, and So Forth58
Detached Observations63
Seminar 674
States of Criticism86
Intermedia93
To Cope with Decadence99
IIIArt and Culture
Old India: Her Monuments105
Influences of Matisse109
Four Scottish Painters115
Picasso118
Clyfford Still121
The Golden Floating World of Sotatsu133
Glass as High Art137
Art and Culture140
Drawing142
Response to "New York in the Eighties"144
IVInterviews
Clement Greenberg149
A Conversation with Clement Greenberg in Three Parts169
An Interview with Clement Greenberg204
Clement Greenberg: Modernism or Barbarism216
Clement Greenberg: The Last Interview230
Notes on Previous Publications245

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