Writing Back to Modern Art: After Greenberg, Fried, and Clark

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Psychology Press, 2005 - Art - 263 pages

Here for the first time is a full-length study of the 'critical modernisms' of the three leading art writers of the second half of the twentieth century, which helps us build a better understanding of the development of modern art writing and its relation to the 'post-modern' in art and society since the 1970s.

Focusing on canonical modern artists such as Manet, Cezanne, Picasso and Pollock, this book provides an important understanding of writing and criticism in modern art for all students and scholars of art theory and art history. Mainstay issues discussed include aesthetic evaluation, subjectivity and meaning in art and art writing. Jonathan Harris examines key discourses and identifies points of significant overlap as well as sharp disjunction between the critics.

Developing the notions of 'good' and 'bad' complexity in modernist criticism, Writing Back to Modern Artcreates ways for us to think outside of these discourses of value and meaning and helps us to look at the place that art writing holds in the latter twentieth century and beyond.

of value and meaning and helps us to look at the place that art writing holds in the latter twentieth century and beyond.
 

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Contents

Introduction i
1
Composition and selfcomposition
8
Modernism the decay of collective style and the past of art
17
Not just interpreters collaborators?
24
Narcissus looking interminably into the unclean mirror
34
Modernisms modern art
41
WorldNatureSensationSubjectivity
48
iModernism versus avantgarde
56
Cubisms complexities
117
Classic Cubismcool hedonism
124
Clarks critical subject
135
Cezanne
141
Dreaming doubting doubling
149
Vision value and the diseased eye
159
Modernisms Manet
165
Morceau and tableau or alienation and totality
172

1960s abstract
63
Value and vision
70
composition and decomposition
76
Subjectivity intersubjectivity and the society of the spectacle
81
Theatricality being and temporality
87
modernisms contested meanings
98
Dreamings and disasters
110
Subjectivity and surface
179
post script
191
when the modern finally arrives
203
Notes
209
Index
251
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