Dialectical Conversions: Donald Kuspit's Art Criticism

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Few art critics in Western history have had the lasting international impact of philosopher and psychoanalyst Donald Kuspit. A student of Theodor Adorno, Kuspit introduced in the 1970s a new type of philosophical art criticism drawing on critical theory, phenomenology, and psychoanalysis. This multifaceted art criticism has gained world renown for reasons that critics, art historians, and philosophers from around the world explain here. The first book about one of the most distinguished art critics in history, Dialectical Conversions surveys Kuspit’s role in triggering several historic shifts within art criticism.

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David Craven is distinguished professor of art history at the University of New Mexico. Brian Winkenweder is associate professor of art history at Linfield College.

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Table of Contents

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Introduction: Donald Kuspit’s Achievement
      David Craven
My Intellectual Journey: From New York to Frankfurt and Back
      Donald B. Kuspit
Art Criticism: Volume I, Number 1 (Spring 1979): Editorial Statement
      Lawrence Alloway and Donald B. Kuspit
Citation of the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Distinction in Art Criticism (1983)
      Jeanne Siegel, Brian O’Doherty, and Diane Vanderlip
I. Essays about Kuspit by Artists and Interviews with Artists
1. The Innovative Art Criticism of Donald Kuspit
      Rudolph Baranik
2. A Dialogue with Donald Kuspit at Documenta in 1987
      Anselm Kiefer
3. A Conversation with Donald Kuspit at the Guggenheim Museum
      Georg Baselitz
4. The Significance of Kuspit’s Criticism for Artists
      April Gornik
5. The Impact of Donald Kuspit’s Art Criticism on Artists
      Rosalyn Schwartz
II. Essays about Kuspit by Art Critics and Art Historians
A. United States of America
6. Donald Kuspit and Clement Greenberg in Dialogue: The Mountain Lake Symposium (1980–1990)      Ray Kass and Howard Risatti
7. Multiple Modernisms: Postmodernism and the Unique Place of Donald Kuspit in Modern Art Criticism
      Matthew Biro
8. Donald Kuspit’s Jewish Consciousness
      Matthew Baigell
9. On Kuspit, Kant, and Greenberg 
      Joseph Masheck
10. The Engagé Art of May Stevens and the Pedagogy of Donald Kuspit
      Patricia Mathews
11. Kuspit and the New Subjectivism of the 1980s
      Diane Waldman
12. Kuspit’s Humanness: Subjectivity and Psychoanalysis
      Brian Winkenweder
B. Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East
13. Soulages’s Paintings and Kuspit’s Criticism
      Ananda Shankar Chakrabarty
14. Dialogues in Difference: Donald Kuspit and Lawrence Alloway
      Richard Leslie
15. In Conversation with Donald Kuspit
      Anna María Guash
16. Reagan’s Anti-Aesthetic and Donald Kuspit’s Criticisms
      Raúl Quintanilla
17. Abstract Art as Ideological Critique: Donald Kuspit on Kandinsky
      Tijen Tunali
III. Selected Papers on Donald Kuspit at the 2003 International Association of Philosophy and Literature Conference, Leeds
18. Criticism and the “Metaphysics” of Art: A Close Encounter with Donald Kuspit
      Mark Van Proyen
19. Kuspit on Gerhard Richter and the Teutonic Chill
      Lucy Bowditch
20. Dialectic and Selfhood in Donald Kuspit’s Art Criticism
      Randall K. Van Schepen
21. A Taste for Sham: Examples of Perversion and Suffering in Contemporary Art
      Lynn M. Somers-Davis

Select Bibliography of Donald Kuspit’s Writings (1960–2006)

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