The Rebirth of Painting in the Twentieth Century examines the continued validity and variety of painting in the post-modern era. Bringing a psychological perspective to the issues, Donald Kuspit argues that painting remains the premier medium of the visual arts, in terms of its potential for innovation and influence on other modes of art making. Discussing a range of representational and abstract painting in the United States and Europe by artists such as Gregory Amenoff, Vincent Desidiero and Odd Nerdrum, Kuspit also examines works by Picasso, Mondrian, Pollock, Johns, and Soutine, among others, with an eye to reevaluating their art historical significance. This study also includes psychosocial studies of various cultural issues that affect painting, including feminism, and Jewishness.Read more
- The book offers a comprehensive, in-depth study of the great variety of modes of modern and postmodern painting
- There is a re-examination and re-evaluation of the oeuvres and art historical position of many prominent painters from a humanistic and psychodynamic point of view
- Many cultural issues involving painting are addressed, feminism amd Jewishness included
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- Date Published: June 2000
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521665537
- length: 272 pages
- dimensions: 253 x 177 x 20 mm
- weight: 0.658kg
- contains: 43 b/w illus.
- availability: Unavailable - out of print October 2002
Table of Contents
Part I. Painting: Past and Possible:
1. Charles Burchfield: Apocalypse Now
2. Soutine's Shudder: Jewish Naiveté?
3. Picasso's portraits and the Depths of Modernism
4. A shameful cultural sham?: Willem de Kooning's last paintings
5. Jackson Pollack: lively art, artless life
6. Jasper Johns and Ellsworth Kelly: the deadend of Modernism
7. Ivan Albright: anachronistic curiosity or the ultimate Modern Artist?
8. Real hallucinations and anal Absolutes: Jiri Georg Dokoupil
9. Abstract painting and the spiritual unconscious
10. The pathos of purity: Piet Mondrian reassessed
11. Negative sublime identity: Pierre Soulages's Abstract paintings
12. Unconscious and self-conscious color in 'American-type' painting
13. Relics of transcendence
14. Gregory Amenoff: renewing Romantic mystical nature painting
15. Modern history painting in the United States
16. Mourning and memory: Wlodzimierz Ksiazek's abstract paintings
17. Laszlo Feher: memory and abandonment
18. Odd Nerdrum, perverse humanist
19. Vincent Desiderio: postmodern Visionary painting
Part II. Animadiversions:
20. Avant-Garde, Hollywood, depression: the collapse of high art
21. Failure of identity: on being half an artist
22. Of the immature, by the immature, for the immature: Keith Haring and Cindy Sherman
23. Heroic isolation or delusion of grandeur?: Chuck Close's portraits of artists
24. Nan Goldin: the taste for pathology
25. David Wojnarowicz: the Last Rimbaud
26. Woman at risk: the representation of the feminine in modern and postmodern art
27. Unconsciously, always an alien and self-alienated: the problem of the Jewish-American artist
28. Meyer Shapiro's Jewish unconscious.
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