Artwriting by David Carrier

By David Carrier

Artwriting is a philosophical examine of the historical past of modern American paintings feedback. service argues that an art might be understood in simple terms relative to interpretation, a functionality of feedback. yet not like artwork historical past, artwork feedback can't arrive at a consensus approximately what makes a "true" interpretation of an art. feedback can purely attract the persuasiveness of different serious narratives in identifying an artwork's that means and price. provider starts off via evaluating Greenberg's concept of modernism to Ernst Gombrich's background of the naturalistic culture and indicates that genealogies of artwork kinds usually are not enough bases for selecting among artwork interpretations. He then demonstrates why Michael Fried's and Adrian Stokes' substitute antihistorical makes an attempt to floor artwork interpretation within the presentness of an paintings also are insufficient. Explaining how artwork critics drawn to structuralism have all started to beat the restrictions of those methods leads provider to modern feedback. All of those viewpoints, he concludes, were outmoded partly by way of an information that this present day the position of feedback might be understood simply when it comes to the artwork marketplace approach during which critics in addition to artists, purchasers, creditors and museums play a task.

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The above conclusion enriches and complicates my earlier discussion on the conflict of interpretations. The perhaps inevitable effect of describing these historically changing styles of interpretation is to undermine the belief that there are ahistorical standards by which to judge interpretations. Of course, we might conclude that present-day interpretations are the best. Because standards of interpretation continue to change, however, in another century perhaps our interpretations will seem as dated as Berenson's and Pater's do today.

Publisher : University of Massachusetts Press isbn10 | asin : 0870235613 print isbn13 : 9780870235610 ebook isbn13 : 9780585257471 language : English subject Art criticism--History--20th century, Art criticism--Philosophy. 1/80973 subject : Art criticism--History--20th century, Art criticism--Philosophy. Page iii Artwriting David Carrier Page iv Copyright © 1987 by The University of Massachusetts Press All rights reserved Printed in the United States of America LC 86-24995 ISBN 0-87023-561-3 (cloth); 562-1 (paper) Set in Linotron Sabon by Rainsford Type Printed by Cushing-Malloy, Inc.

An antiformalist account focusing on Poussin's story would have made Poussin seem very different from the Cézanne Fry admired. " Fry might be talking here about either Poussin or Cézanne. 35 Today, because Cézanne is acknowledged as a master and much has been said about the content of his pictures, such a formalist analysis would be unhelpful. The very success of Fry's rhetoric has helped to make his account seem dated. These remarks also apply to Greenberg's account of old master art. For him, making distinctions between Giotto, Raphael, and even Courbet that are important to the art historian is irrelevant; in his text, these painters function as a group of artists to whom modernists may be contrasted.

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