By Donald Kuspit
This selection choice of essays scrutinizes the cultured advancements of the final twenty-five years, from summary Expressionism to the latest permutation of Postmodernism.
In essays culled from 3 many years of serious writing, Donald Kuspit explores the cultured advancements of the 20th century, from post-impressionism to the newest permutation of post-Modernism. starting from Willem de Kooning to Andy Warhol to Sue Coe, this provocative anthology chronicles the distinct voice of an impressive paintings critic whose reflections on artwork, artists, and paintings feedback represent an eclectic exploration of the ways that paintings and artwork feedback have inspired modern suggestion and psychology. The book's research into the social impression of paintings additionally displays at the internal lifetime of the artist
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Because his work is intellectually rigorous, one might expect him to prize so-called conceptual art, yet conceptual art often fails his critical test because it facilely predigests its own facile conceptuality, thereby failing to configure itself as a knot of consciousness that can only be unraveled by an external critical consciousness. Because he is steeped in the critical theories of the Frankfurt School, one might expect him to see art as an exercise in oppositional politics or “negative dialectics,” yet he was among the first to see that the art world’s prizing of so-called “opposition aesthetics” had long ago become a hollow shell game devoid of necessary critical purpose.
P. cm. — (Aesthetics today) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 1-58115-055-5 1. Art, Modern—20th century—themes, motives. 2. Aesthetics, Modern—20th century. 3. Postmodernism. I. Title. II. Series. 04—dc21 00-024398 AESTHETICS TODAY Editorial Director: Bill Beckley Dialectic of Decadence by Donald Kuspit Beauty and the Contemporary Sublime by Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe Sculpture in the Age of Doubt by Thomas McEviley The End of the Art World by Robert C. Morgon Uncontrollable Beauty edited by Bill Beckley with David Shapiro The Laws of Fésole by John Ruskin Lectures on Art by John Ruskin Imaginary Portraits by Walter Pater Printed in Canada Contents Acknowledgments by Donald Kuspit and Mark Van Proyen Introduction: Donald Kuspit: Dialogical Art Criticism in the Era of Administered Art by Mark Van Proyen Section I: Reflections and Agendas Forum: Art Critic’s Grants Forum: Art Students Philosophy and Art: Elective Affinities in an Arranged Marriage Deadministering Art Authoritarian Abstraction Authoritarian Aesthetics and the Elusive Alternative Vicissitudes of the German Antaeus Complex: Ego Strength through Mother Nature The Psychoanalytic Construction of the Artist Philobatic and Ocnophilic Eyes Art Is Dead; Long Live Aesthetic Management Art at Odds with Itself Craft as Art, Art as Craft Section II: Philosophical Walks Elizabeth Murray’s Dandyish Abstraction Sue Coe The “Madness” of Chicago Art Donald Lipski Breakfast of Duchampians Ana Mendieta, Autonomous Body Antonin Artaud: Works on Paper Joel Shapiro’s Figurative Constructions Helmut Federle: Abstract Narcissus and Gnostic Mannerist Pierre Bonnard: Beauty with a Touch of Pathology Alex Grey’s Mysticism Warhol’s Catholic Dance with Death The North Stripped Bare: Odd Nerdrum’s Norwegian Existentialism Section III: Selected Interviews Interview with Suzanne Ramljak Interview with Barbara Bennish Interview with Mark Van Proyen Interview with Mark Van Proyen Invisible Ink: Art Criticism and a Vanishing Public About the Author Donald Kuspit is an art critic and a professor of art history and philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
It is a system in the truest sense of the word, a system that reveals itself to be the systemic unconscious of a facile if not outrightly blind faith in the value of systemic thinking. And it is the selective blindness of systemic thinking that criticism contends with, lest that blindness invite disaster upon itself. I refer here to recent history, first by taking note of the resurgent ascendancy of 1970s style “art writing” in the post–Cold War art world, and then by pointing to what I think are its implications.
Redeeming art : critical reveries by Donald Kuspit