Painting as Model

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MIT Press, 1993 - Art - 327 pages
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Informed by both structuralism and poststructuralism, these essays by art critic andhistorian Yve Alain Bois seek to redefine the status of theory in modernist critical discourse.Warning against the uncritical adoption of theoretical fashions and equally against the a priorirejection of all theory, Bois argues that theory is best employed in response to the specificdemands of a critical problem. The essays lucidly demonstrate the uses of various theoreticalapproaches in conjunction with close reading of both paintings and texts.Yve-Alain Bois was afounder of the French journal Macula and a Fellow at the Centre National de la RechercheScientifique, Paris. He is currently Professor of the History of Art at HarvardUniversity.

 

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Contents

Matisse and Archedrawing
3
Kahnweilers Lesson
65
The De Stijl Idea
101
In Search of Motivation
123
Piet Mondrian New York City
157
Perceiving Newman
187
Rymans Tact
215
The Task of Mourning
229
Painting as Model
245
Notes
259
Bibliographical Note
319
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Henry J. Aaron is Senior Fellow in Economic Studies and The Bruce and Virginia MacLaury Chair at the Brookings Institution.

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