ISBN-10:
0262610469
ISBN-13:
9780262610469
Pub. Date:
07/09/1986
Publisher:
MIT Press
The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths / Edition 1

The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths / Edition 1

by Rosalind E. Krauss
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Overview

Co-founder and co-editor of October magazine, a veteran of Artforum of the 1960s and early 1970s, Rosalind Krauss has presided over and shared in the major formulation of the theory of postmodernism.

In this challenging collection of fifteen essays, most of which originally appeared in October , she explores the ways in which the break in style that produced postmodernism has forced a change in our various understandings of twentieth-century art, beginning with the almost mythic idea of the avant-garde. Krauss uses the analytical tools of semiology, structuralism, and poststructuralism to reveal new meanings in the visual arts and to critique the way other prominent practitioners of art and literary history write about art. In two sections, "Modernist Myths" and "Toward Postmodernism," her essays range from the problem of the grid in painting and the unity of Giacometti's sculpture to the works of Jackson Pollock, Sol Lewitt, and Richard Serra, and observations about major trends in contemporary literary criticism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262610469
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 07/09/1986
Series: The MIT Press
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 319
Sales rank: 330,114
Product dimensions: 6.88(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Rosalind E. Krauss is University Professor in the Department of Art History at Columbia University, where, from 1995 to 2006, she held the Meyer Schapiro Chair in Modern Art and Theory. She is a founding editor of October and the author of Passages in Modern Sculpture, The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Myths, The Optical Unconscious, Bachelors, Perpetual Inventory, Under Blue Cup (all published by the MIT Press), and other books.

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Krauss's essays, for their erudition, for their interpretations (particularly of artists whose work we thought we knew well), and for their siting of the art within the fullest possible range of discourses, stand as paradigmatic models for contemporary criticism.

J. T. Paoletti , Wesleyan University

Endorsement

Krauss's essays, for their erudition, for their interpretations (particularly of artists whose work we thought we knew well), and for their siting of the art within the fullest possible range of discourses, stand as paradigmatic models for contemporary criticism.

J. T. Paoletti, Wesleyan University

J. T. Paoletti

Krauss's essays, for their erudition, for their interpretations (particularly of artists whose work we thought we knew well), and for their siting of the art within the fullest possible range of discourses, stand as paradigmatic models for contemporary criticism.

Art Documentation

All of her observations are unfailingly original and provocative.

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