Uncontrollable Beauty: Toward a New Aesthetics

Uncontrollable Beauty: Toward a New Aesthetics

by Bill Beckley, David Shapiro
     
 

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The notion of beauty and its relationship to contemporary art is once again arousing passionate discussion and wide-spread debate among artists, writers, critics, and curators. Uncontrollable Beauty is the first anthology to capture this new wave of critical discourse, examining the role of beauty in twentieth-century art and culture in order to redefine it for a new…  See more details below

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The notion of beauty and its relationship to contemporary art is once again arousing passionate discussion and wide-spread debate among artists, writers, critics, and curators. Uncontrollable Beauty is the first anthology to capture this new wave of critical discourse, examining the role of beauty in twentieth-century art and culture in order to redefine it for a new generation of artists and writers. Encompassing three central themes: Theory, Ownership, and Practice, the thirty essays, writings, and poems explore how we define beauty, where we locate it in art, and its complex links to issues of gender, morality, and universalism. Included are works by John Ashbery, Agnes Martin, and Carter Ratcliff, as well as a conversation with Julia Kristeva and an exclusive interview with Louise Bourgeois. Anyone wanting to stay current with contemporary art criticism will find this book a stimulating selection of dialogue, debate, and philosophical insight. Contributors: John Ashbery; Louise Bourgeois; Hubert Damisch; Arthur Danto; Max Fierst; David Freedberg; Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe; John Hejduk; Dave Hickey; James Hillman; Ariane Lopez-Huici; Kenneth Koch; Julia Kristeva; Donald Kuspit; Jaqueline Lichtenstein; Agnes Martin; Thomas McEvilley; Robert Morgan; Frank O'Hara; Carter Ratcliff; William Rubin; Meyer Schapiro; Peter Schjeldahl; David Shapiro; Robert Farris Thompson; Kirk Varnedoe; Marjorie Welish; John Yau. Uncontrollable Beauty is co-published with the School of Visual Arts as part of the Aesthetics Today series.

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New York Times
"Uncontrollable Beauty seeks to examine the changing role of beauty in the twentieth century and give beauty a kind of critical makeover . . . Thus, while turning to Kant, Freud, John Ruskin, and even Dr. Seuss for inspiration, many of the writings offer beauty a fresh face, casting it as a healing, personal, unpredictable, ungovernable experience."
Christian Science Monitor
"Artists are rebelling against the visual starkness and political agendas of art of the recent past, and are growing increasingly unafraid to discuss their work with words like "vibrancy," "lushness," even "glamour." For them, beauty is definitely back in style . . . Many of today's most articulate defenders of beauty are people like Hickey, Beckley, Schjeldahl. They reject what they call the strain of intolerance and aesthetic "Puritanism" running through the art world."
Sam Hunter
An absorbing and provocative farrago of commentary devoted essentially to the complex art of our time, ranging widely in tone and stylistics from the stolidly doctrinaire to the heedlessly irreverent, and generously embracing topics of aesthetics, morality, and contemporary art theory....From Meyer Schapiro's lucid criteria of value to Louise Bourgeois's tactic of mystification and defiance the book is full of singular revelations and contrasts in ideology and discourse on the part of an admirable group of artists, poets, theorists, and dedicated observers and creators of art today. -- Sam Hunter

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781621531111
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
10/01/2001
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
999
File size:
901 KB

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Sam Hunter
An absorbing and prvocative farrago of commentary devoted essentially to the complex art of our time, ranging widely in tone and stylistics from the stolidly doctrinaire to the heedlessly irreverent, and generously embracing topics of aesthetics, morality, and contemporary art theory...The book is full of singular revelations and contrasts in ideology and discourse on the part of an admirable group of artists, poets, theorists, and dedicated observers and creators of art today.

Meet the Author

Bill Beckley is an artist who has exhibited widely in America and Europe since l970. His works are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, and the Guggenheim in New York; The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He teaches semiotics and film at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and is the editor for the Aesthetics Today series from Allworth Press, which includes Beauty and the Contemporary Sublime by Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe, Redeeming Art and The Dialectic of Decadence by Donald Kuspit, Sculpture in the Age of Doubt by Thomas McEvilley, and Out of the Box: The Reinvention of Art, 1965–1975 by Carter Ratcliff.

Bill Beckley has exhibited in America and Europe since 1970. His works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, and the Guggenheim Museum in New York; the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; and Sammlung Hoffmann in Berlin. He teaches semiotics, literature, and film at the School of Visual Arts in New York and is the editor for the Aesthetics Today series from Allworth Press, which includes Uncontrollable Beauty, and his latest work Sticky Sublime.

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