Redeeming Art: Critical Reveries [NOOK Book]

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In essays culled from three decades of critical writing, Donald Kuspit explores the aesthetic developments of the twentieth century, from post-impressionism to the latest permutation of post-Modernism. Ranging from Willem de Kooning to Andy Warhol to Sue Coe, this provocative anthology chronicles the distinctive voice of a formidable art critic whose reflections on art, artists, and art criticism constitute an eclectic exploration of the ways in which art and art criticism have influenced contemporary thought ...
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Overview


In essays culled from three decades of critical writing, Donald Kuspit explores the aesthetic developments of the twentieth century, from post-impressionism to the latest permutation of post-Modernism. Ranging from Willem de Kooning to Andy Warhol to Sue Coe, this provocative anthology chronicles the distinctive voice of a formidable art critic whose reflections on art, artists, and art criticism constitute an eclectic exploration of the ways in which art and art criticism have influenced contemporary thought and psychology. The book's investigation into the social impact of artwork also reflects on the inner life of the artist.
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What People Are Saying

Matthew Baigell
This collection of material by and about Donald Kuspit highlights his extraordinarily wide-ranging and sustained virtuoso performance for the last few decades. His comprehensive knowledge of contemporary art is, all at once, prescient, authoritative, insightful, and measured, and affirms his position as the leading critic of our time. The book is a must-read for all serious observers of recent art who want to engage with one of the liveliest minds around. (Matthew Baigell, distinguished professor of art history, Rutgers University_
Jack Spector
Donald Kuspit, celebrated as a cogent writer on aesthetic theory and practice, reveals himself in his concrete pieces on art and in his discussions of authoritarian abstraction as a perceptive art critic possessing insight into the psychologies of creation and discussion. With rare power and intellectual stamina he has maintained a productivity amazing both in its quantity and quality. This collection of essays, stretching across three turbulent decades, transcends its diversity and offers a moral axis for an unstable and anxious generation. (Jack Spector, distinguished professor of art history, Rutgers University)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781621532019
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/2/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Donald Kuspit, a professor of art history and philosophy at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, is the author of more than twenty books and numerous essays. He has earned fellowships from, among others, the Ford Foundation, the Fulbright Commission, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He lives in New York.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
Introduction: Donald Kuspit: Dialogical Art Criticism in the Era of Administered Art vi
Section I Reflections and Agendas
Forum: Art Critic's Grants 1
Forum: Art Students 7
Philosophy and Art: Elective Affinities in an Arranged Marriage 11
Deadministering Art 15
Authoritarian Abstraction 28
Authoritarian Aesthetics and the Elusive Alternative 52
Vicissitudes of the German Antaeus Complex: Ego Strength through Mother Nature 84
The Psychoanalytic Construction of the Artist 95
Philobatic and Ocnophilic Eyes 123
Art Is Dead; Long Live Aesthetic Management 134
Art at Odds with Itself 154
Craft as Art, Art as Craft 158
Section II Philosophical Walks
Elizabeth Murray's Dandyish Abstraction 169
Sue Coe 175
The "Madness" of Chicago Art 183
Donald Lipski 192
Breakfast of Duchampians 201
Ana Mendieta, Autonomous Body 210
Antonin Artaud: Works on Paper 221
Joel Shapiro's Figurative Constructions 226
Helmut Federle: Abstract Narcissus and Gnostic Mannerist 235
Pierre Bonnard: Beauty with a Touch of Pathology 247
Alex Grey's Mysticism 251
Warhol's Catholic Dance with Death 258
The North Stripped Bare: Odd Nerdrum's Norwegian Existentialism 267
Section III Selected Interviews
Interview with Suzanne Ramljak 273
Interview with Barbara Bennish 283
Interview with Mark Van Proyen 298
Interview with Mark Van Proyen 306
Invisible Ink: Art Criticism and a Vanishing Public 312
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