Á Other Criteria: Confrontations with Twentieth-Century Art ☆ Download by Á Leo Steinberg

Á Other Criteria: Confrontations with Twentieth-Century Art ☆ Download by Á Leo Steinberg Leo Steinberg S Classic Other Criteria Comprises Eighteen Essays On Topics Ranging From Contemporary Art And The Plight Of Its Public And The Flatbed Picture Plane To Reflections On Picasso, Rauschenberg, Rodin, De Kooning, Pollock, Guston, And Jasper Johns The Latter, Which Francine Du Plessix Gray Called A Tour De Force Of Critical Method, Is Widely Regarded As The Most Eye Opening Analysis Of The Johns S Work Ever Written This Edition Includes A New Preface And A Handful Of Additional Illustrations The Art Book Of The Year, If Not Of The Decade And Possibly Of The Century The Significance Of This Volume Lies Not So Much In The Quality Of Its Insights Although The Quality Is Very High And The Insights Are Important As In The Richness, Precision, And Elegance Of Its Style A Meeting With The Mind Of Leo Steinberg Is One Of The Most Enlightening Experiences That Contemporary Criticism Affords This is a startlingly good book, a book as much of good writing as good criticism Leo Steinberg may not have practiced any of the artistic disciplines he criticizes, but his criticism endures a half century after he wrote it because he practiced criticism as an art.
This is a book that asks questions of its subjects, makes demands on them, too, and does so with a confidence that goes It is not important to ask the same question of a work of art that its artist asked it is important what questions a work of art makes you ask as its viewer.
There are so very many instances of fine writing in this book that one must quote some at length The artist s dream is to intend something else and still come up with art p 57 At this task Steinberg himself succeeds In the realistic figure drawings now sh



A mixed bag of art history essays Whenever Steinberg writes about art in general he is fascinating His account of how he had to learn to appreciate Jasper Johns, who displayed none of the aesthetic qualitites that Steinberg had learned to look out for and appreciate in art, is superb It is also a great argument against formalism, recognising that some art has the power to shift our perception about what art can be rather than expecting it to fit into a pre existing criteria Apart from anything else his writing shifts some power and authority from the hands of the critics to the hands of the artists He also writes a pretty devestating critique of Clement Greenberg s formalism, whilst acknowledging that Abstract Expressionism needed the advocacy o

Leo Steinberg, born in Moscow, Russia, was an American art critic and art historian and a naturalized citizen of the U.S.Though an important 20th century art critic, Leo Steinberg was also a historian and scholar, particularly of the works of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and other Italian Renaissance artists He had a particular interest in the depiction of Christ in art, but this caused contr