By Roger Kimball

ISBN-10: 1877275484

ISBN-13: 9781877275487

Looking at our modern tradition, the celebrated critic Roger Kimball sees that the avant-garde attack on culture has lengthy due to the fact that degenerated right into a sclerotic orthodoxy. He reveals that the "cutting edge," as outlined by way of the confirmed tastemakers, seems again and again to be a stale rest of prior impotence. And he locates a pretense that the normal is the enemy instead of a springboard to originality. In Art's Prospect, Mr. Kimball observes that almost all of the particularly invigorating motion within the artwork international this present day is a quiet affair. It occurs no longer on the Tate smooth in London or on the Museum of recent artwork in manhattan, now not within the Chelsea or TriBeCa galleries yet off to at least one aspect, out of the limelight. it always includes no longer the most recent factor yet everlasting things―they might be new or previous, yet their relevance is measured now not through the thrill they carry yet by means of silences they motivate. With studies and essays composed during the last two decades and revised for this booklet, Art's Prospect illuminates many of the leader non secular itineraries of recent paintings. It offers, in Mr. Kimball's phrases, "a university whose parts, whilst noticeable from one point of view, upload as much as a analysis of a illness, and, whilst visible from one other standpoint, supply tricks of the place potent treatments might be found."

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We really do live at a time when anything can be hailed as a work of art. This has naturally led to a proliferation of pretentious and often pathological nonsense in the art world. But in their effort to introduce sanity to the discussion of art, our authors have vastly overshot the mark. Some of what they criticize deserves all 42 Art’s Prospect the obloquy they heap on it. But in their pursuit of “an objective definition” of art they threaten to throw out the proverbial baby with the bathwater.

At the center of Barnes’s philosophy was the effort to understand the distinctively aesthetic features of works of art no matter what their period or provenance. ” Barnes wished to emphasize the aesthetic qualities of art—the emotional coefficients of line, form, color, texture, and so on. This led him to arrange his collection unchronologically in tableaux designed to highlight the aesthetic, rather than the narrative or thematic, affinities among the works. Many visitors to the Foundation have found this—and the absence of wall labels identifying the works—off-putting.

For them, the German-born critic is one of the guiding lights of twentieth-century criticism. His book on modern art, first published in German in 1904 and translated into English in 1908, is an indispensable introduction into the aesthetic achievements of modern art from Ingres to Seurat. Although Meier-Graefe began his career in Berlin, where he co-founded the important art and literary magazine Pan and helped to organize some of the first exhibitions of the work of Edvard Munch, he traveled widely and lived in Paris for much of his life.

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