Category Archives: Aesthetics, Critical Theory and Philosophy

Manet’s Modernism: or, The Face of Painting in the 1860s by Michael Fried

It has been said that images of Edouard Manet marked the beginning of modern painting. The great art critic and art historian Michael Fried explores the work of Manet and several contemporaries. The book opens with the republication of an … Continue reading

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Jeff Wall: Picture for Women by David Campany

My guess is that many serious photographers have never heard of Jeff Wall. And yet, even though I freely admit that I don’t understand Wall’s work, I think he may be the most significant photographer of our time. This book … Continue reading

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Art and Culture: Critical Essays by Clement Greenberg

Clement Greenberg, who died in 1994, is still considered by many to have been the greatest American art critic of the 20th Century. Even today his work continues to be discussed, supported and attacked by many of the cognoscenti of … Continue reading

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The Abuse of Beauty: Aesthetics and the Concept of Art by Arthur C. Danto

Recently, a posting on a photography bulletin board that I follow asked whether the work of Jasper Johns was beautiful. Ultimately the thread devolved into a free-for-all about patriotism (based on the fact that a Johns work showed an American … Continue reading

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