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Signifying Art
Essays on Art after 1960


Part of Contemporary Artists and their Critics

  • Date Published: December 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521633932

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  • This book, first published in 1999, studies the work of a generation of 'respondents' to the New York School, including Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and Cy Twombly, who reintroduced pictorialism and verbal content in their paintings and assemblages. Their work, Marjorie Welish argues, often alludes to the history of art and culture. Also examined are the work of Minimal and Conceptual artists, particularly Donald Judd and Sol Le Witt, who sought to make objective and theoretical artefacts in response to the subjectivity that Abstract Expressionism had promoted. By interpreting the work of these artists in the light of contemporary issues, Welish offers a fresh re-evaluation of some of the major trends and production of post-war American painting.

    • Focuses on the 'respondents' to the New York School
    • Reinterprets the work of Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and Cy Twombly among others
    • Book closes with a unique piece that contextualizes the response to an exhibition organized by the author
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    'Welish not only educates her readers about art, she also informs them about art writing … takes on complex questions surrounding the distinctions between description, interpretation, and evaluation--and provides us with sage advice about how to adjust to changes in the way social and cultural matters are ordered and how regimes of knowledge and belief can be appraised.' Craig Adcock, College Art Association Reviews

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521633932
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 154 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 45 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Narrating the Hand:
    1. Pail for Ganymede: Rauschenberg's sculpture
    2. Texas, Japan, etc.: Rauschenberg's sense of place
    3. The art of Cy Twombly
    4. The art of being sparse, porous, scattered
    5. Narrating the hand: Cy Twombly and Mary Kelly
    6. When is a door not a door?
    7. Frame of mind: interpreting Jasper Johns
    8. Jasper's patterns
    9. The specter of art hype and the ghost of Yves Klein
    Part II. Expressionism and Other Expressivites:
    10. Harold Rosenberg: transforming the earth
    11. The art of Philip Guston
    12. Gestural aftermath
    13. Contesting leisure: Alex Katz and Eric Fischl
    Part III. Ideas of Order:
    14. Indeterminacy meets encyclopedia: the art of Kestutis Zapkus
    15. A Greenberg retrospective
    16. Abstractions: Barnett Newman and James Turrell
    17. Literature of silence (Nancy Haynes)
    18. Boulders from Flatland: the drawings of Jene Highstein
    19. Box, aspects of (Donald Judd)
    20. Quality through quantity
    21. Maquettes and models: Siah Armajani and Hannes Bruner
    22. Ideas of order (Sol Le Witt)
    23. Contextualizing 'The Open Work'.

  • Author

    Marjorie Welish, Pratt Institute, New York

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