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08-06-2000, 04:51 PM
I am trying to find a book that takes a critical artschool look at post-WWII abstract painting (covering abstract expressionism, op, and minimalism). Any recommendations?
08-14-2000, 01:27 AM
Try heading over to the Art, Debates & Society forum. Arcitect been recommending critical theory books on the "Hey, arc" thread. Happy hunting!
08-29-2000, 11:22 PM
a book that takes a critical artschool look at post-WWII abstract painting
Try looking for The Triumph of American Painting. I don't remember the author. I read it when I was in graduate school earning my MFA. From the title you can see it's a little biased, but a good survey. Another book is Avante Garde and Beyond. I think both are available. Feminism has been very influential in the art world for the last twenty years. It has raised the issue ofthe validity of a singular dominant critical position that negates or excludes other positions. I'm thinking of Clement Greenberg and his over whelming influence during the 50s and early 60s in regards to abstract expressionism. You might want to read some of his essays, too. Try Carol Ducnan's Aesthetics of Power for a feminist perspective.You really have want to read this stuff. It can be a slog. I just thought of another title: Changing Images of Pictorial Space, a History of Spatial Illusion in Painting. Enjoy!
08-29-2000, 11:26 PM
I love seeing myself listed as junior member! I havn't felt junior since I started having to looking up at my kids to talk to them!
A couple I've had on my library shelf are:
Theories of Modern Art by Herschel B Chipp, he goes into great detail on every modern art theory with passages by art critics and some excepts from the artists
Another indispensible book I think is great for every artist is "Art and Visual Perception" by Rudolf Arnheim. He goes through an amazing amount of material in a very graphic and easy to understand way.
If you are interested in those particular movements you should really study books on Cezanne and the writings by Kandinsky, the guy who first put it all together.
10-19-2000, 10:27 AM
I was going to recommend Theories of Modern Art also...good cause the ramblings are from the artists themselves.
I dont know how in depth a book your looking for but I can recommend 2. The first book I enjoyed greatly, "The Shock of the New",by Robert Hughes. The second I have not read but have heard good things about,"Modern Art",A critical Introduction". It should be at your local Barnes and Noble. I saw it there yesterday and its on my Christmas List. dux
01-19-2001, 04:34 PM
Try "Modern Art Movements" by Paul Hamlyn
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