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Art Criticism and Modernism in the United States

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Stephen Moonie


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This study is an analysis of 'high' and 'late' modernist criticism in New York during the 1960s and early 1970s. Through a close reading of a selection of key critics of the period—which will expand the remit beyond the canonical texts—the book examines the ways that modernist criticism’s discourse remains of especial disciplinary interest.Despite its alleged narrowness and exclusion, the debates of the 1960s raised fundamental questions concerning the nature of art writing. Those include arguments around the nature of value and judgement; the relationship between art criticism and art history; and the related problem of what we mean by the ‘contemporary.’ Stephen Moonie argues that within those often-fractious debates, there exists a shared discourse. And further, contrary to the current consensus that modernists were elitist, dogmatic, and irrelevant to contemporary debates on art, the study shows that there is much that we can learn from reconsidering their writings.

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Author(s): Moonie S

Publication type: Authored Book

Publication status: Published

Edition: 1st

Series Title: Routledge Research in Art History

Year: 2022

Number of Pages: 193

Print publication date: 23/03/2022

Online publication date: 23/03/2022

Acceptance date: 31/08/2021

Publisher: Routledge

Place Published: Abingdon and New York


Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9780367565411