In this acclaimed art anthology, a prestigious group of artists, critics, and literati offer their incisive reflections on the questions of beauty, past, present, and future, and how it has become a domain of multiple perspectives.
Here is Meyer Schapiro’s skeptical argument on perfection . . . contributions from artists as profound as Louise Bourgeois and Agnes Martin . . . and reflections of critics, curators, and philosophers on the problems of beauty and relativism. Readers will find fascinating insights from such art theorists and critics as Dave Hickey, Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe, Donald Kuspit, Carter Ratcliff, and dozens more.
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About the Author
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.
Table of ContentsPreface
Introduction: Generosity and the Black Swan
Le Livre Est Sur la Table
On Perfection, Coherence, and the Unity of Form and Content
Enter the Dragon: On the Vernacular of Beauty
Beauty and Morality
Beauty and the Contemporary Sublime
Notes on Beauty
A Sign of Beauty
Robert C. Morgan
On Platonic Cosmetics
Freud With Kant? The Enigma of Pleasure
Arousal by Image
Doctor Lawyer Indian Chief: "Primitivism" in Twentieth-Century Art at the Museum of Modern Art
On Doctor Lawyer Indian Chief: "Primitivism" in Twentieth-Century Art at the Museum of Modern Art
William Rubin and Kirk Varnedoe with a response by Thomas McEvilley
On Doctor Lawyer Indian Chief: Part II
William Rubin with a response by Thomas McEvilley
On the Claims and Critics of the "Primitivism" Show
The Practice of Beauty
Ode to Willem de Kooning
Venus Unveiled: De Koonings Melodrama of Vulgarity
The Mind and Body of the Dreamer
A Conversation Between Julia Kristeva and Ariane Lopez-Huici
Julia Kristeva and Ariane Lopez-Huici
Sunday Afternoons: A Conversation and a Statement
Sentences on the House and Other Sentences
An Aesthetic of the Cool
Robert Farris Thompson
The Violet Hour: An Essay on Beauty
Beauty Is the Mystery of Life
What People are Saying About This
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A rambling wreck of a book, but still very engaging. The writers are articulate (usually) and insightful (usually) and often, like art critics tend to be, very snarky (almost always). The essay On Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief is worth the price of admission just to watch the cat fight.