Uncontrollable Beauty: Toward a New Aesthetics

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Bill Beckley, David Shapiro
Allworth Press, 2001 - Art - 423 pages
2 Reviews
An art anthology about beauty. In this collection of essays, a group ofrtists, critics and literati offer their reflections on the question ofeauty - past, present and future. The range of these works encompasses Meyerchapiro's sceptical argument on perfection, contributions from artists asrofound as Louise Bourgeois and Agnes Martin, and reflections of critics,urators and philosophers on the problems of beauty and relativism. Theolume also contains the insights of some of today's innovative art theorists,uch as Dave Hickey, Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe, Peter Schjeldahl and Juliaristeva, as well as the writings of critics such as Arthur Danto, Donalduspit and Carter Ratcliff. These writers and thinkers underline how theense of beauty today is an inescapable domain of multiple perspectives.

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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, 19651975 by Carter Ratcliff.

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