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Author Barrett, Terry, 1945-

Title Criticizing art : understanding the contemporary / Terry Barrett
Published Mountain View, Calif. : Mayfield Pub. Co., [1994]


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Description xiv, 200 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents About Art Criticism -- Love and Hate -- Critical Arrogance and Humility -- Difficult Criticism -- Critics and Artists -- Critics and Audiences -- The Diversity of Critics -- Critics and the Art Market -- The History of Art Criticism -- Some Critics Past and Present -- Giorgio Vasari -- Denis Diderot -- Charles Baudelaire -- Clement Greenberg -- Lawrence Alloway -- Hilton Kramer -- Arlene Raven -- Lucy Lippard -- Criticism: A Definition -- Criticizing Criticism (and Critics) -- The Value of Criticism -- Theory and Art Criticism -- Modernity and Postmodernity -- Modernist Aesthetics and Criticism -- Postmodernist Aesthetics and Criticism -- Feminist Aesthetics and Criticism -- Multiculturalist Aesthetics and Criticism -- Queer Theory -- Describing Art -- Subject Matter -- Medium -- Form -- Painting: Leon Golub -- Sculpture: Deborah Butterfield -- Glass: Dale Chihuly -- Performance Art: Laurie Anderson -- Video: Bill Viola -- Installations: Ann Hamilton -- Lively Writing -- Internal and External Sources of Information -- Truthful Descriptions -- Interpreting Art -- Interpreting the Photographs of William Wegman -- Interpreting the Work of Jenny Holzer -- Interpreting the Paintings of Elizabeth Murray -- Principles of Interpretation -- Judging Art -- Judging Frida Kahlo's Paintings -- Peter Plagens -- Hayden Herrera -- Other Critics and Kahlo -- Judging Martin Puryear's Sculptures -- Judging Romare Bearden's Collages -- Examples of Negative Judgments -- Opposite Judgments of the Same Work
Summary "Criticizing Art: Understanding the Contemporary helps students of art and art history better understand and appreciate contemporary art by studying the principles of art criticism and applying them to contemporary forms of American art. This book provides a framework for critically considering contemporary art through describing, interpreting, evaluating, and theorizing." "The diverse perspectives of contemporary critics such as Douglas Crimp, Arthur Danto, Elizabeth Heartney, Donald Kuspit, Lucy Lippard, Peter Plagens, and Arlene Raven on the work of Leon Golub, Jenny Holzer, Frida Kahlo, Elizabeth Murray, Martin Puryear, William Wegman, and many other artists help readers develop their own critical positions." "Chapter 5, "Theory and Art Criticism," offers clear definitions of modernism, post-modernism, feminism, and multiculturalism, enabling readers to understand the critical milieu in which twentieth century critics have been operating." "An entire chapter (Chapter 6) devoted to writing and talking about contemporary art leads readers through the process of preparing thoughtful, well-constructed critical analyses. Two student papers provide useful examples of the principles discussed throughout the text. Guidelines for constructive group criticism are also included."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-190) and index
Subject Art criticism -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Art, American -- 20th century.
Art, American.
LC no. 93027241
ISBN 1559341475