Uncontrollable Beauty: Toward a New Aesthetics

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Bill Beckley, David Shapiro
Allworth Press, 2001 - Art - 423 pages
2 Reviews
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. For all art lovers, this is an unmatched and essential resource.

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User Review  - Arctic-Stranger - LibraryThing

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. Read full review

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User Review  - Cory Card - Goodreads

Could have benefited from some serious editing of essays... The first part "theory" is well put together but the second two sections are rather hit and miss. Read full review

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About the author (2001)

\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.

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