Writing Modern Art Moderist Art: The Critical Complexities of Clement Greenberg, Michael Fried and T.J. Clark

Writing Modern Art Moderist Art: The Critical Complexities of Clement Greenberg, Michael Fried and T.J. Clark

by Jonathan Harris
     
 

Here for the first time is a full-length study of the 'critical modernisms' of the three leading art writers of the second half of the twentieth century, which helps us build a better understanding of the development of modern art writing and its relation to the 'post-modern' in art and society since the 1970s.

Focusing on canonical modern artists such as Manet,

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Here for the first time is a full-length study of the 'critical modernisms' of the three leading art writers of the second half of the twentieth century, which helps us build a better understanding of the development of modern art writing and its relation to the 'post-modern' in art and society since the 1970s.

Focusing on canonical modern artists such as Manet, Cezanne, Picasso and Pollock, this book provides an important understanding of writing and criticism in modern art for all students and scholars of art theory and art history. Mainstay issues discussed include aesthetic evaluation, subjectivity and meaning in art and art writing. Jonathan Harris examines key discourses and identifies points of significant overlap as well as sharp disjunction between the critics.

Developing the notions of 'good' and 'bad' complexity in modernist criticism, Writing Back to Modern Art creates ways for us to think outside of these discourses of value and meaning and helps us to look at the place that art writing holds in the latter twentieth century and beyond.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415324298
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1Modernism's modern art41
2Pure formality : 1960s abstract painting63
3Pollock, or 'abstraction'91
4Cubism's complexities117
5The materials of seeing : Cezanne and Van Gogh141
6Modernism's Manet165
Conclusion : 'post' script191

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