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Art in Theory 1900-1990: An Anthology of Changing Ideas (1992) - Charles Harrison, Paul Wood
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Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson (1990) - Camille Paglia [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]


There are a number of approaches to the theory of art. I particularly like the interaction beween the great man theory and the social history of art. [Jan 2006]

Art in Theory 1900-1990: An Anthology of Changing Ideas (1992) - Charles Harrison, Paul Wood

    Since it was first published in 1992, this book has become one of the leading anthologies of art theoretical texts in the English-speaking world. This expanded edition includes the fruits of recent research, involving a considerable amount of newly translated material from the entire period, together with additional texts from the last decades of the twentieth century. The features that made the first edition so successful have been retained: The volume provides comprehensive representation of the theories, which underpinned developments in the visual arts during the twentieth century. As well as writings by artists, the anthology includes texts by critics, philosophers, politicians and literary figures. The content is clearly structured into eight broadly chronological sections, starting with the legacy of symbolism and concluding with contemporary debates about the postmodern. The editors provide individual introductions to each of the 340 anthologized texts. Material new to this expanded edition includes texts on African art, on the Bauhaus and on the re-emergent avant-gardes of the period after the Second World War. Post-modernist debates are amplified by texts on gender, on installation and performance art, and on the increasing globalization of culture. --Amazon.com

    Full Contents

    Preface and Acknowledgements.
    A Note on the Presentation and Editing of Texts.
    General Introduction.
    Part I: The Legacy of Symbolism:
    1. Classicism and Originality:
    Paul Signac: from Eugène Delacroix to Neo-Impressionism 1899.
    Paul Gauguin: letter to Fontainas 1899.
    Sigmund Freud: from `On Dreams' 1901.
    Otto Weininger: from Sex and Character 1903.
    Max Liebermann: ‘Imagination in Painting' 1904.
    Paul Cézanne: letters to Emile Bernard 1904-06.
    Rainer Maria Rilke: from Letters on Cézanne 1907.
    Maurice Denis (intro. Roger Fry): ‘Cézanne' 1907.
    Maurice Denis: ‘From Gauguin and Van Gogh to Neo-Classicism' 1909.
    Julius Meier-Graefe: `The Mediums of Art, Past and Present' 1904.
    Giorgio de Chirico: `Mystery and Creation' 1913.
    2. Expression and the Primitive:
    August Endell: ‘The Beauty of Form and Decorative Art' 1897-98.
    Albert Pinkham Ryder: ‘Paragraphs from the Studio of a Recluse' 1905.
    André Derain: letters to Vlaminck c.1905-1909.
    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: programme of Die Brücke 1906.
    Wilhelm Worringer: from Abstraction and Empathy 1908.
    Henri Matisse: ‘Notes of a Painter' 1908.
    Roger Fry: ‘An Essay in Aesthetics' 1909.
    Wassily Kandinsky: from Concerning the Spiritual in Art 1911.
    Wassily Kandinsky: The Cologne Lecture 1914.
    Franz Marc: ‘The "Savages" of Germany' and ‘Two Pictures' 1912.
    August Macke: ‘Masks' 1912.
    Emil Nolde: ‘On Primitive Art' 1912.
    Oscar Kokoschka: ‘On the Nature of Visions' 1912.
    Alexander Shevchenko: ‘Neo-Primitivism' 1913.
    Benedetto Croce: ‘What is Art?' 1913.
    Clive Bell: ‘The Aesthetic Hypothesis' 1914.
    Carl Einstein: ‘Negro Sculpture' 1915.
    Hermann Bahr: from Expressionism 1916.
    Hans Prinzhorn: from Artistry of the Mentally Ill 1922.
    Part II: The Idea of the Modern World:
    3. Modernity:
    Georg Simmel: ‘Metropolis and Mental Life' 1902-3.
    Max Weber: ‘Asceticism and the Spirit of Capitalism' 1904-05.
    Vladimir Ilyich Lenin: ‘Party Organization and Party Literature' 1905.
    Henri Bergson: from Creative Evolution 1907.
    Alexander Blok: ‘Nature and Culture' 1908.
    Filippo Tommaso Marinetti: ‘The Foundation and Manifesto of Futurism' 1909.
    Umberto Boccioni et al: ‘Futurist Painting: Technical Manifesto' 1910.
    Robert Delaunay: ‘On the Construction of Reality in Pure Painting' 1912.
    Georgy Valentinovich Plekhanov: from Art and Social Life 1912.
    Franz Marc: ‘Foreword' 1914.
    Fernand Léger: ‘Contemporary Achievements in Painting' 1914.
    Percy Wyndham Lewis: ‘Our Vortex' 1914.
    Henri Gaudier-Brzeska: ‘Gaudier-Brzeska Vortex' 1914, and ‘Vortex Gaudier-Brzeska' 1915.
    Ludwig Meidner: ‘Instructions for Painting Pictures of the Metropolis' 1914.
    Karl Kraus: from ‘In These Great Times' 1914.
    Kasimir Malevich: From Cubism and Futurism to Suprematism: The New Realism in Painting 1915-16.
    4. Cubism:
    Jean Metzinger: ‘Note on Painting' 1910.
    Guillaume Apollinaire: ‘The Cubists' 1911.
    Guillaume Apollinaire: ‘On the Subject in Modern Painting' 1912.
    Guillaume Apollinaire: ‘The New Painting: Art Notes' 1912.
    Guillaume Apollinaire: from The Cubist Painters 1912.
    Jacques Rivière: ‘Present Tendencies in Painting' 1912.
    Albert Gleizes and Jean Metzinger: from Cubism 1912.
    Fernand Léger: ‘The Origins of Painting and its Representational Value' 1913.
    Olga Rozanova: ‘The Bases of the New Creation' 1913.
    Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler: from The Rise of Cubism 1916-20.
    Georges Braque: ‘Thoughts on Painting' 1917.
    Pablo Picasso: ‘Picasso Speaks' 1923.
    Part III: Rationalization and Transformation:
    5. Neo-Classicism and the Call to Order:
    Amédée Ozenfant: ‘Notes on Cubism' 1916.
    Guillaume Apollinaire: ‘The New Spirit and the Poets' 1918.
    Oswald Spengler: from The Decline of the West 1918.
    Carlo Carrà: ‘Our Antiquity' 1916-18.
    Léonce Rosenberg: ‘Tradition and Cubism' 1919.
    Giorgio de Chirico: ‘The Return to Craft' 1919.
    Charles Edouard Jeanneret (Le Corbusier) and Amédée Ozenfant: ‘Purism' 1920.
    Albert Gleizes: ‘The Dada Case' 1920.
    André Derain: ‘On Raphael' 1920.
    Percy Wyndham Lewis: ‘The Children of the New Epoch' 1921.
    Juan Gris: Reply to a Questionnaire 1921.
    Gustav Friedrich Hartlaub: ‘Reply to a Questionnaire' 1922.
    6. Dissent and Disorder:
    Hugo Ball: ‘Dada Fragments' 1916-17.
    Marcel Duchamp: ‘The Richard Mutt Case' 1917.
    Tristan Tzara: ‘Dada Manifesto 1918' 1918.
    Richard Huelsenbeck: ‘First German Dada Manifesto' 1918.
    Richard Huelsenbeck and Raoul Hausmann: ‘What is Dadaism and what does it want in Germany?' 1919.
    Richard Huelsenbeck: from En Avant Dada 1920.
    Alexander Blok: ‘The Decline of Humanism' 1918.
    Novembergruppe: Draft Manifesto 1918 and ‘Guidelines' 1919.
    Novembergruppe Opposition: ‘Open Letter to the Novembergruppe' 1921.
    Walter Gropius: Reply to Arbeitsrat für Kunst Questionnaire 1919.
    Max Beckmann: ‘Creative Credo' 1918-20.
    Max Pechstein: ‘Creative Credo' 1920.
    George Grosz: ‘My New Pictures' 1921.
    Francis Picabia: ‘Thank you, Francis!' 1923.
    7. Abstraction and Form:
    Hans Arp: Introduction to a catalogue 1915.
    Man Ray: Statement 1916.
    Viktor Shklovsky: from ‘Art as Technique' 1917.
    De Stijl: ‘Manifesto 1' 1918.
    Theo van Doesburg: from Principles of Neo-Plastic Art 1915-25.
    Piet Mondrian: ‘Dialogue on the New Plastic' 1919.
    Piet Mondrian: Neo-Plasticism: the General Principle of Plastic Equivalence 1920-21.
    Kasimir Malevich: ‘Non-Objective Art and Suprematism' 1919.
    Kasimir Malevich: The Question of Imitative Art 1920.
    Naum Gabo and Anton Pevsner: ‘The Realistic Manifesto' 1920.
    UNOVIS: ‘Programme of a United Audience in Painting of the Vitebsk State Free Workshops' 1920.
    Wassily Kandinsky: ‘Plan for the Physico-psychological Department of the Russian Academy of Artistic Sciences' 1921.
    Johannes Itten: ‘Analyses of Old Master Art' 1921.
    Oskar Schlemmer: Notes 1922-23.
    Walter Gropius: ‘The Theory and Organization of the Bauhaus' 1923.
    Theo van Doesburg, El Lissitsky, Hans Richter: ‘Declaration of the International Fraction of Constructivists of the First International Congress of Progressive Artists' 1922-23.
    17 Wladyslaw Strzeminski: ‘What is legitimately called the New Art...' 1924.
    El Lissitsky: ‘A and Pangeometry' 1925.
    Hannah Höch: ‘The painter' c. 1920.
    José Ortega y Gasset: from The Dehumanisation of Art 1925.
    8. Utility and Construction:
    KOMFUT: ‘Programme Declaration' 1919.
    Vladimir Tatlin: ‘The Initiative Individual in the Collective' 1919.
    Lyubov Popova: Catalogue statement 1919.
    Nikolai Punin: ‘The Monument to the Third International' 1920.
    Alexander Rodchenko: ‘Slogans' and ‘Organizational Programme' 1920-21.
    Alexander Rodchenko and Varvara Stepanova: ‘Programme of the First Working Group of Constructivists' 1922.
    Alexei Gan: from Constructivism 1922.
    El Lissitsky and Ilya Ehrenburg: Statement by the editors of Veshch 1922.
    LEF editorial: ‘Whom is LEF alerting?' 1923.
    Osip Brik: ‘The So-Called "Formal Method" 1923.
    Osip Brik: ‘From Picture to Calico-Print' 1924.
    Vladimir Tatlin: ‘Report of the Section for Material Culture's Research Work' 1924.
    Part IV: Freedom, Responsibility and Power:
    9. The Modern as Ideal:
    Paul Klee: from On Modern Art 1924.
    Amédée Ozenfant: from Foundations of Modern Art 1928.
    Hans Hofmann: ‘On the Aims of Art' 1931.
    Abstraction-Création: Editorial Statements 1932 and 1933.
    Wladyslaw Strzeminski: Statements 1932 and 1933.
    Carl Gustav Jung: On the concept of the ‘archetype' 1934 and 1938.
    Alfred H. Barr Jr: from Cubism and Abstract Art 1936.
    Henri Matisse: Statements to Tériade 1936.
    Naum Gabo: ‘The Constructive Idea in Art' 1937.
    Piet Mondrian: ‘Plastic Art and Pure Plastic Art' 1937.
    Barbara Hepworth: ‘Sculpture' 1937.
    American Abstract Artists: Editorial Statement 1938.
    Ibram Lassaw: ‘On Inventing Our Own Art' 1938.
    Ben Nicholson: ‘Notes on Abstract Art' 1941.
    10. Realism as Figuration:
    Vladimir Ilyich Lenin: ‘On Proletarian Culture' 1920.
    AKhRR: ‘Declaration' 1922.
    AKhRR: ‘The Immediate Tasks of AKhRR' 1924.
    David A. Siqueiros et al: ‘A Declaration of Social, Political and Aesthetic Principles' 1922.
    Red Group: ‘Manifesto' 1924.
    Otto Dix: ‘The Object is Primary' 1927.
    ARBKD (Asso): ‘Manifesto' and ‘Statutes' 1928.
    George Grosz: from ‘My Life' 1928.
    Alfred Rosenberg: from The Myth of the Twentieth Century 1930.
    Georg Lukács: ‘"Tendency" or Partisanship?' 1932.
    Central Committee of the All-Union Communist Party: ‘Decree on the Reconstruction of Literary and Artistic Organizations' 1932.
    John Reed Club of New York: ‘Draft Manifesto' 1932.
    Diego Rivera: The Revolutionary Spirit in Modern Art' 1932.
    Mario Sironi: ‘Manifesto of Mural Painting' 1933.
    Andrei Zhdanov: ‘Speech to the Congress of Soviet Writers' 1934.
    David A. Siqueiros: ‘Towards a Transformation of the Plastic Arts' 1934.
    Stuart Davis and Clarence Weinstock: ‘Abstract Painting in America', ‘Contradictions in Abstractions' and ‘A Medium of 2 Dimensions' 1935.
    Grant Wood: from Revolt Against the City 1935.
    Francis Klingender: ‘Content and Form in Art' 1935.
    Adolf Hitler: Speech Inaugurating the ‘Great Exhibition of German Art' 1937.
    11. Realism as Critique:
    Leon Trotsky: from Literature and Revolution 1922-23.
    André Breton: from the First Manifesto of Surrealism 1924.
    Louis Aragon: from Paris Peasant 1924.
    Louis Aragon et al:
    ‘Declaration of the Bureau de Recherches Surréalistes' 1925.
    André Breton: Surrealism and Painting 1928.
    André Breton: from the ‘Second Manifesto of Surrealism' 1929.
    George Grosz and Wieland Herzfelde: ‘Art is in Danger' 1925.
    Osip Brik: ‘Photography versus Painting' 1926.
    Sergei Tretyakov: ‘We are searching' and ‘We Raise the Alarm' 1927.
    Siegfried Kracauer: from ‘The Mass Ornament' 1927.
    October (Association of Artistic Labour):‘Declaration' 1928.
    Georges Bataille: from ‘Critical Dictionary' 1929-30.
    Georges Bataille: ‘The Lugubrious Game' 1929.
    Salvador Dali: ‘The Stinking Ass' 1930.
    Gustav Klucis: ‘Photomontage as a new problem in Agit Art' 1931.
    Max Ernst: ‘What is Surrealism?' 1934.
    Walter Benjamin: ‘The Author as Producer' 1934.
    Bertolt Brecht: ‘Popularity and Realism' 1938.
    Fernand Léger: ‘The New Realism Goes On' 1937.
    12. Modernism as Critique:
    Kasimir Malevich: Letter to Meyerhold 1932.
    Pablo Picasso: ‘Conversation with Picasso' 1935.
    Herbert Read: ‘What is Revolutionary Art?' 1935.
    Meyer Schapiro: ‘The Social Bases of Art' 1936.
    Jan Mukařvoský: from Aesthetic Function 1934/36.
    Walter Benjamin: ‘The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction' 1936.
    Theodor Adorno: Letter to Benjamin 1936.
    Ernst Bloch: ‘Discussing Expressionism' 1938.
    André Breton, Diego Rivera and Leon Trotsky: ‘Towards a Free Revolutionary Art' 1938.
    R. G. Collingwood: Good Art and Bad Art' 1938.
    Clement Greenberg: ‘Avant-Garde and Kitsch' 1939.
    Harold Rosenberg: ‘The Fall of Paris' 1940.
    Part V: The Individual and the Social:
    13. The American Avant-Garde:
    Clement Greenberg: ‘Towards a Newer Laocoon' 1940.
    Adolph Gottlieb and Mark Rothko with Barnett Newman: Statement 1943.
    Jackson Pollock: Answers to a Questionnaire 1944.
    Jackson Pollock: Two Statements 1947 and 1947/8.
    Mark Rothko: ‘The Romantics were Prompted...' 1947.
    Mark Rothko: Statement 1947.
    Adolph Gottlieb: Statement 1947.
    Barnett Newman: ‘The Ideographic Picture' 1947.
    Barnett Newman: ‘The First Man was an Artist' 1947.
    Clement Greenberg: ‘The Decline of Cubism' 1948.
    Barnett Newman: ‘The Sublime is Now' 1948.
    Willem de Kooning: ‘A Desperate View' 1949.
    Jackson Pollock: Interview with William Wright 1950.
    David Smith: ‘Aesthetics, the Artist and the Audience' 1952.
    Clyfford Still: Statement 1952.
    Harold Rosenberg: from ‘The American Action Painters' 1952.
    Clyfford Still: letter to Gordon Smith 1959.
    14. Individualism in Europe:
    Wols: Aphorisms c. 1945-51.
    Jean-Paul Sartre: from Existentialism and Humanism 1946.
    Jean Dubuffet: ‘Notes for the Well-Lettered' 1946.
    Jean Dubuffet: ‘Crude Art Preferred to Cultural Art' 1948.
    Antonin Artaud: from Van Gogh: the Man Suicided by Society 1947.
    Jean-Paul Sartre: ‘The Search for the Absolute' 1948.
    Samuel Beckett and Georges Duthuit: from Three Dialogues 1949.
    Jacques Lacan: ‘The Mirror-Phase as Formative of the Function of the I' 1949.
    Jean-Michel Atlan: ‘Abstraction and Adventure in Contemporary Art' 1950.
    Francis Ponge: ‘Reflections on the Statuettes, Figures and Paintings of Alberto Giacometti' 1951.
    Albert Camus: ‘Creation and Revolution' 1951.
    Michel Tapié: from An Other Art 1952.
    Georg Baselitz: ‘Pandemonium Manifestos' 1961-2.
    Francis Bacon: Interview with David Sylvester 1962-3.
    15. Art and Society:
    Maurice de Vlaminck: ‘Open Opinions on Painting' 1942.
    Francis Klingender: from Marxism and Modern Art 1943.
    Robert Motherwell: ‘The Modern Painter's World' 1944.
    Renato Guttuso: ‘Crisis of Renewal' 1944.
    Pablo Picasso: ‘Why I Joined the Communist Party' 1944.
    Pablo Picasso: Statement to Simone Téry 1945.
    Frida Kahlo: On Moses 1945.
    Lucio Fontana: ‘The White Manifesto' 1946.
    Vladimir Kemenov: from ‘Aspects of Two Cultures' 1947.
    Robert Motherwell and Harold Rosenberg: ‘The Question of What Will Emerge Is Left Open' 1947/8.
    Constant: ‘Our Own Desires Build the Revolution' 1949.
    Asger Jorn: ‘Forms Conceived as Language' 1949.
    André Fougeron: ‘The Painter on his Battlement' 1948.
    Hans Sedlmayr and Theodor Adorno: from the ‘Darmstadt Colloquy' 1950.
    George Dondero: from The Congressional Record 1949.
    Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr: from The Politics of Freedom 1950.
    Alfred H. Barr Jr: ‘Is Modern Art Communistic?' 1952.
    Ben Shahn: ‘The Artist and the Politician' 1953.
    Henry Moore: ‘The Sculptor in Modern Society' 1952.
    David A. Siqueiros: ‘Open Letter to the Painters, Sculptors and Engravers of the Soviet Union' 1955.
    Georg Lukács: ‘The Ideology of Modernism' 1956.
    Part VI: The Moment of Modernism:
    16. Art and Modern Life:
    Roland Barthes: from ‘Myth Today' 1956.
    Jirô Yoshihara: Gutai Manifesto 1956.
    Guy Debord: Writings from the Situationist International 1957-61.
    Asger Jorn: ‘Detourned Painting' 1959:
    Frantz Fanon: ‘On National Culture' 1959.
    Lawrence Alloway: ‘The Arts and the Mass Media' 1958.
    Allan Kaprow: from Assemblages, Environments and Happenings 1959-65.
    Piero Manzoni: ‘Free Dimension' 1960.
    Pierre Restany: ‘The New Realists' 1960.
    Groupe de Recherche d'Art Visuel: ‘Transforming the Current Situation of Plastic Art' 1961/2.
    George Maciunas: ‘Neo-Dada in Music, Theater, Poetry, Art' 1962.
    Raymond William: ‘The Analysis of Culture' 1961.
    John Cage: ‘On Robert Rauschenberg, Artist, and his Work' 1961.
    Jasper Johns: Interview with David Sylvester 1965.
    Richard Hamilton: ‘For the Finest Art, Try Pop' 1961.
    Claes Oldenburg: from Documents from The Store 1961.
    Andy Warhol: Interview with Gene Swenson 1963.
    Roy Lichtenstein: Lecture to College Art Association 1964.
    George Kubler: from The Shape of Time 1962.
    Marshall McLuhan: from Understanding Media 1964.
    Gerhard Richter: ‘Notes 1964-5'
    Tony Smith: from an interview with Samuel Wagstaff Jr 1966.
    Jasper Johns: Obituary of Marcel Duchamp 1968.
    17. Modernist Art:
    Alain Robbe-Grillet: ‘Commitment' 1957.
    David Smith: ‘Tradition and Identity' 1959.
    Maurice Merleau-Ponty: from ‘Eye and Mind' 1961.
    Roger Hilton: ‘Remarks about Painting' 1961.
    Clement Greenberg: ‘Modernist Painting' 1960-65.
    Theodor Adorno: from ‘Commitment' 1962.
    Barnett Newman: Interview with Dorothy Gees Seckler 1962.
    Clement Greenberg: from ‘After Abstract Expressionism' 1962.
    Michael Fried: from Three American Painters 1965.
    Michael Fried: from ‘Shape as Form: Frank Stella's New Paintings' 1966.
    Jules Olitski: `Painting in Color' 1967.
    Stanley Cavell: ‘A Matter of Meaning It' 1967.
    William Tucker and Tim Scott: ‘Reflections on Sculpture' 1967.
    Richard Wollheim: ‘The Work of Art as Object' 1970.
    Part VII: Institutions and Objections:
    18. Objecthood and Reductivism:
    Yves Klein: from 'The Evolution of Art towards the Immaterial' 1959.
    Carl Andre: ‘Preface to Stripe Painting' 1959.
    Frank Stella: Pratt Institute Lecture 1959-60.
    Ad Reinhardt: ‘Art as Art' 1962.
    Donald Judd: ‘Specific Objects' 1965.
    Robert Morris: ‘Notes on Sculpture 1-3' 1966-67.
    Michael Fried: ‘Art and Objecthood' 1967.
    Sol LeWitt: ‘Paragraphs on Conceptual Art' 1967.
    Sol LeWitt: ‘Sentences on Conceptual Art' 1969.
    Robert Barry: Interview with Arthur R. Rose 1969.
    Joseph Kosuth: ‘Art after Philosophy' 1969.
    Daniel Buren, Olivier Mosset, Michel Parmentier and Niele Toroni: Statement 1967.
    Daniel Buren: ‘Beware' 1969-70.
    19. Attitudes to Form:
    Terry Atkinson and Michael Baldwin: ‘Air Show' 1967.
    Michelangelo Pistoletto: ‘Famous Last Words' 1967.
    Robert Smithson: ‘A Sedimentation of the Mind: Earth Projects' 1968.
    Robert Morris: ‘Notes on Sculpture 4: Beyond Objects' 1969.
    Art & Language: Editorial introduction to Art-Language 1969.
    Ian Burn and Mel Ramsden: ‘The Role of Language' 1969.
    Lawrence Weiner: Statements 1969-72.
    Victor Burgin: ‘Situational Aesthetics' 1969.
    John A. Murphy: Sponsor's statement for ‘When Attitudes become Form' 1969.
    Germano Celant: from Art Povera 1969.
    Eva Hesse: Interview with Cindy Nemser.
    Joseph Beuys: ‘Not just a few are called, but everyone' 1972.
    Lea Vergine: from ‘The Body as Language' 1974.
    Bruce Nauman: Interview with Michele De Angelus 1980.
    20. Political Aspects:
    Hélio Oiticica: ‘Appearance of the Supra-Sensorial' 1967/8.
    Dan Graham: Presentation to an Open Hearing of the Artworkers Coalition 1969.
    Mierle Laderman Ukeles: ‘Maintenance Art Manifesto' c. 1969.
    Lucy Lippard: ‘Interview with Ursula Meyer' 1969 and ‘Postface' 1973.
    Artforum: ‘The Artist and Politics: a Symposium' 1970.
    Art Workers Coalition: Statement of Demands 1970.
    Valie Export: ‘Woman's Art' 1972.
    Joseph Beuys: ‘I Am Searching for Field Character' 1974.
    Hans Haacke: Statement 1974.
    Marcel Broodthaers: ‘To be bien pensant... or not to be. To be blind' 1975.
    Mel Ramsden: from ‘On Practice' 1975.
    Ian Burn: ‘The Art Market: Affluence and Degradation' 1975.
    Victor Burgin: from ‘Socialist Formalism' 1976.
    Art & Language: Editorial to Art-Language 1976.
    21. Critical Revisions:
    Jacques Derrida: from Of Grammatology 1967.
    Michel Foucault: ‘What is an Author?' 1969.
    Louis Althusser: from ‘Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses' 1970.
    Thomas Kuhn: from ‘Postscript – 1969' 1970.
    Roland Barthes: ‘From Work to Text' 1971.
    Robert Smithson: ‘Cultural Confinement' 1972.
    Leo Steinberg: from Other Criteria 1968-72.
    Rosalind Krauss: ‘A View of Modernism' 1972.
    Jean Baudrillard: ‘Ethic of Labour, Aesthetic of Play' 1973.
    Laura Mulvey: ‘Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema' 1973/75.
    Michel Foucault: A Lecture 1976.
    Rosalind Krauss: ‘Notes on the Index, Part I' 1976/77.
    Fredric Jameson: from ‘Reflections on the Brecht-Lukács Debate' 1977.
    Raymond Williams: ‘Dominant, Residual and Emergent' 1977.
    Edward Said: From Orientalism 1978.
    Part VIII: Ideas of the Postmodern:
    22. The Critique of Originality:
    Jean Baudrillard: ‘The Hyper-realism of Simulation'1976.
    Pierre Bourdieu: ‘Being Different' 1977.
    Craig Owens: ‘The Allegorical Impulse' 1980.
    Rosalind Krauss: from ‘The Originality of the Avant-Garde' 1981.
    Hal Foster: ‘Subversive Signs' 1982.
    Sherrie Levine: Statement 1982.
    Art & Language: ‘Letter to a Canadian Curator' 1982.
    Barbara Kruger: ‘"Taking" Pictures' 1982.
    Peter Halley: ‘Nature and Culture' 1983.
    Fredric Jameson: ‘The Deconstruction of Expression' 1984
    Haim Steinbach, Jeff Koons, Sherrie Levine, Philip Taaffe, Peter Halley, Ashley Bickerton: ‘From Criticism to Complicity' 1986.
    Julia Kristeva: Interview with Catherine Francblin 1986.
    23. Figures of Difference:
    Edward Said: from ‘Opponents, Audiences, Constituencies, and Community' 1981.
    Mary Kelly: ‘Re-Viewing Modernist Criticism' 1981.
    Ana Mendieta: ‘Art and Politics' 1982.
    Krzysztof Wodiczko: ‘Public Projection' 1983.
    Victor Burgin: from ‘The Absence of Presence' 1984.
    Jacqueline Rose: ‘Sexuality in the Field of Vision' 1984/85.
    Niklas Luhmann: ‘The Work of Art and the Self-Reproduction of Art' 1984-86.
    W. J. T. Mitchell: ‘Image and Word' and ‘Mute Poesy and Blind Painting' 1986.
    Raymond Williams: ‘When was Modernism?' 1987/89.
    Louise Bourgeois: Statements from an Interview with Donald Kuspit 1988.
    Richard Rorty: ‘Private Irony and Liberal Hope' 1989.
    Gayatri Chakravorti Spivak: ‘Who Claims Alterity?' 1989.
    Richard Serra: The Yale Lecture 1990.
    Mike Kelley: ‘Dirty Toys: Mike Kelley Interviewed' 1991/2.
    Martin Kippenberger: Interview with Jutta Koether 1991/94.
    Peter Wollen: ‘Into the Future: Tourism, Language and Art' 1990/93.
    Homi K. Bhabha: On ‘hybridity' and moving ‘beyond' 1994.
    24. The Condition of History:
    Daniel Bell: from ‘Modernism and Capitalism' 1978.
    Jean-Francois Lyotard: ‘Introduction' to The Postmodern Condition 1979.
    Jürgen Habermas: ‘Modernity - An Incomplete Project' 1980.
    Jean-Francois Lyotard: ‘What is Postmodernism?' 1982.
    Julia Kristeva: ‘Powers of Horror' 1980.
    Donald Judd: from ‘... not about master-pieces but why there are so few of them' 1984.
    Joseph Beuys, Jannis Kounellis, Anselm Kiefer, Enzo Cucchi: from ‘The Cultural-Historical Tragedy of the European Continent' 1986.
    Gerhard Richter: from ‘Interview with Benjamin Buchloh' 1988.
    Gerhard Richter: Notes 1990.
    Jeff Wall: from a discussion 1990.
    Diederich Diederichsen: ‘Which Side are You on, Cultural Worker?' 1990.
    Albert Oehlen: in conversation with Wilfred Dickhoff and Martin Prinzhorn 1991.
    Olu Oguibe: ‘In the Heart of Darkness' 1993.
    IIlya Kabakov: On installations 1994 and 2000.
    Doris Salcedo: Interview with Charles Merewether 1999.
    Franco Moretti: ‘MoMA2000: The Capitulation' 2000.
    Copyright Acknowledgements.

    Art in Theory 1815-1900: An Anthology of Changing Ideas (1998) - Charles Harrison, Paul Wood, Jason Gaiger

  1. Art in Theory 1815-1900: An Anthology of Changing Ideas (1998) - Charles Harrison, Paul Wood, Jason Gaiger [Amazon.com]

    The ideas of some of the most influential artists, writers and thinkers of our times about 19th century art are collected in this vast collection of essays. Collectively they tackle difficult issues like the definition of Modern art and tracing the history of aesthetics. Schopenhauer addresses originality and genius, Karl Marx tackles the modern condition, Sir William Newton and Charles Baudelaire struggle with the new notion of photography as art. An 1881 essay by Juis-Karl Huysmans in which he writes of Degas's Little Dancer as "the only genuinely modern experiment in sculpture that I have yet encountered" is a notable inclusion in this volume which includes literally hundreds of texts (many of them translated into English in order to be included in the anthology) that address the artistic issues of the era as well as the social, historical and cultural elements that impacted it. The editors are noted art historians and philosophers who do an excellent job of introducing each chapter as well as the individual pieces of writing where necessary. Art in Theory is an essential reference for students of art as well as anyone interested in the cultural development of the 19th century. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

    About the Author
    Charles Harrison is co-editor with Paul Wood of Art in Theory 1900-1990. He is the author of English Art and Modernism 1900-1990 and of a volume, Modernism, in the series 'Movements in Modern Art'. His Essays on Art and Language was published by Blackwell Publishers in 1991. He has lectured widely in England, Europe and the USA, and has been visiting Professor in History of Art at the University of Chicago and at the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently Professor of the History and... read more

    Book Description
    Art in Theory 1815-1900 provides the most wide-ranging and comprehensive collection of documents ever assembled on nineteenth-century theories of art. Like its highly successful companion volume, Art in Theory 1900-1990, also edited by Charles Harrison and Paul Wood, its primary aim is to provide students and teachers with the documentary material for informed and up-to-date study. Its 260 texts, clear organization and considerable editorial content combine to furnish a vivid and indispensable introduction to the history of the art of the period. The anthology is also invaluable to anyone interested in the wider cultural debates of the nineteenth century, and in the development of modern aesthetic theories. Harrison, Wood and Gaiger collect writings by artists, critics, philosophers and literary figures, some reprinted in their entirety, others excerpted from longer works. Among the major themes treated are concepts of genius and originality, modes of landscape painting, approaches to Realism, the question of Modernity and debates over Impressionism, theories of optics and color, the aesthetics of photography, and the rise of photography. Each section is prefaced by an essay that situates the ideas of the period in their historical context, while relating theoretical concerns and debates to developments in the practice of art. Each text is briefly introduced by an outline giving the circumstances of its original appearance and indicating its relevance to the development of modern artistic theory. An extensive bibliography is also provided.

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