The Open Studio: Essays on Art and Aesthetics

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University of Chicago Press, Jan 1, 2005 - Art - 307 pages
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Poets often have responded vitally to the art of their time, and ever since Susan Stewart began writing about art in the early 1980s, her work has resonated with practicing artists, curators, art historians, and art critics. Rooted in a broad and learned range of references, Stewart's fresh and independent essays bridge the fields of literature, aesthetics, and contemporary art.

Gathering most of Stewart's writing on contemporary art—long and short pieces first published in small magazines, museum and gallery publications, and edited collections—The Open Studio illuminates work ranging from the installation art of Ann Hamilton to the sculptures and watercolors of Thomas Schütte, the prints and animations of William Kentridge to the films of Tacita Dean. Stewart's essays are often the record of studio conversations with living artists and curators, and of the afterlife of those experiences in the solitude of her own study. Considering a wide variety of art forms, Stewart finds pathbreaking ways to explore them. Whether she is following central traditions of painting, drawing, sculpture, film, photography, and printmaking or exploring the less well-known realms of portrait miniatures, collecting practices, doll-making, music boxes, and gardening, Stewart speaks to the creative process in general and to the relation between art and ethics.

The Open Studio will be read eagerly by scholars of art, poetry, and visual theory; by historians interested in the links between contemporary and classic literature and art; and by teachers, students, and practitioners of the visual arts.
  

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 To Take a Change
9
CHAPTER 2 On the Art of the Future
15
In Medias Res
29
CHAPTER 4 HansPeter Feldmann
45
CHAPTER 5 William Kentridge
51
Paintings and Objects
67
CHAPTER 7 Tacita Dean
75
CHAPTER 8 The Eidos in the Hand
85
CHAPTER 13 On the Threshold of the Visible
159
CHAPTER 14 Organic Form and Perfaction in Painting
167
Notes on the Work of Anne and Patrick Poirier
179
CHAPTER 16 Death and Life in the Order in the Works of Charles Willson Peale
185
CHAPTER 17 Explosion at San Giovanni in Laterano Summer 1993
203
CHAPTER 18 Musical Box
209
CHAPTER 19 Ann Hamilton
223
Aide MemoireHirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Washington DC Thanksgiving 1987
253

The Sea and The Sky
99
Ian Hamilton Finlays Little Sparta 1993 97
111
CHAPTER 11 An After as Before
137
CHAPTER 12 Framing Abstraction
145
NOTES
259
FIGURE CREDITS
287
INDEX
291
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Susan Stewart is professor of English at Princeton University and a MacArthur Fellow. Her most recent critical study, Poetry and the Fate of the Senses, received the 2002 Christian Gauss Award for literary criticism given by the Phi Beta Kappa Society and the 2004 Truman Capote Award for literary criticism. Stewart’s latest poetry collection, Columbarium, won the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry. Both books are published by the University of Chicago Press.

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