The State of Art Criticism

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Art criticism is spurned by universities, but widely produced and read. It is seldom theorized and its history has hardly been investigated. The State of Art Criticism presents an international conversation among art historians and critics that considers the relation between criticism and art history and poses the question of whether criticism may become a university subject.

Contributors include Dave Hickey, James Panero, Stephen Melville, Lynne Cook, Michael Newman, Whitney Davis, Irit Rogoff, Guy Brett and Boris Groys.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415977869
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/17/2007
  • Series: Art Seminar Series
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

James Elkins is E.C. Chadbourne Chair in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His many books include Pictures and Tears, How to Use Your Eyes, and What Painting Is, all published by Routledge.

Michael Newman teaches in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is Professor of Art Writing at Goldsmiths College in the University of London. His publications include the books Richard Prince: Untitled (couple) and Jeff Wall, and he is co-editor with Jon Bird of Rewriting Conceptual Art.

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Table of Contents

Series Preface   James Elkins     vii
Introduction     1
The Recovery of Criticism   Michael Schreyach     3
Starting Points     27
The Specificity of Criticism and Its Need for Philosophy   Michael Newman     29
Critical Reflections   Boris Groys     61
On the Absence of Judgment in Art Criticism   James Elkins     71
What is a Theorist?   Irit Rogoff     97
Is This Anything? or, Criticism in the University   Stephen Melville     111
The Art Seminars     127
First seminar participants: Guy Brett, Whitney Davis, James Elkins, Jean Fisher, Boris Groys, Timothy Emlyn Jones, Irit Rogoff, Abigail Solomon-Godeau, Gemma Tipton     129
Second seminar participants: Dave Hickey, Lynne Cooke, James Panero, Ariella Budick, James Elkins, Gaylen Gerber, Stephen Melville, Michael Newman     181
Assessments     233
Andras Szanto     235
Katy Deepwell     237
Daniel A. Siedell     242
Sheila Farr     245
Pier Dominguez     247
Lane Relyea     255
Peter Plagens     259
Blake Gopnik     261
Saul Ostrow     264
Darby English     275
Olu Oguibe     280
Matthew Bowman     289
Margaret Hawkins     295
Elaine O'Brien     298
Maja Naef     301
Victoria Musvik     302
Mark Bauerlein     308
Robert Enright     312
Felipe Chaimovich     317
Sue Spaid     318
Kim Levin     325
Roisin Kennedy     326
Matthew Jesse Jackson     328
Alexander Alberro     331
Julian Stallabrass     334
Jeffrey Skoller and Jim Elkins     336
Jan Verwoert     342
Joseph Masheck     348
Afterwords     361
The States of Art Criticism   James Elkins   Michael Newman     363
The State of Art Criticism   Maja Naef     373
Notes on Contributors     381
Index     395
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