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Author: Douglas Crimp
Publisher: Brooklyn, New York : Dancing Foxes Press ; Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Douglas Crimp is the rare art critic whose work profoundly influenced a generation of artists. He is best known for his work with the "Pictures Generation" the very name of which Crimp coined to define the work of artists like Robert Longo and Cindy Sherman who appropriated images from mass culture to carry out a subversive critique. But while his influence is widely recognized, we know little about Crimp's own  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
History
Biographie
Named Person: Douglas Crimp; Douglas Crimp; Douglas Crimp
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Douglas Crimp
ISBN: 9780226423456 022642345X
OCLC Number: 940520590
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 307 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Front room/back room --
Spanish Harlem, 104 East 98th Street, 1967-69 : Way out on the nut --
Chelsea, 161 West 23rd Street, 1969-71 : Back to the turmoil --
Greenwich Village, 257 West 10th Street, 1971-74 : Art news parties ; Hotel des artistes --
Tribeca, 152 Chambers Street, 1974-76 : Action around the edges ; Disss-co (a fragment) --
Financial District, 93 Nassau Street, 1976- : Agon ; Pictures, before and after.
Responsibility: Douglas Crimp.

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Douglas Crimp is the rare art critic whose work profoundly influenced a generation of artists. He is best known for his work with the "Pictures Generation" the very name of which Crimp coined to define the work of artists like Robert Longo and Cindy Sherman who appropriated images from mass culture to carry out a subversive critique. But while his influence is widely recognized, we know little about Crimp's own formative experiences before "Pictures. Before Pictures tells the story of Crimp's life as a young gay man and art critic in New York City during the late 1960s through the turbulent 1970s. Crimp participated in all of what made the city so stimulating in that vibrant decade. The details of his professional and personal life are interwoven with this the particularly rich history of New York City at that time, producing a vivid portrait of both the critic and his adopted city. The book begins with his escape from his hometown in Idaho, and we quickly find Crimp writing criticism for ArtNews while working at the Guggenheim where, as a young curatorial assistant, he was one of the few to see Daniel Buren's Peinture-Sculpture before it was removed amid cries of institutional censorship. Part biography and part cultural history, Before Pictures is a courageous account of an exceptional period in both Crimp's life and the life of New York City. At the same time, it offers a deeply personal and engaging point of entry into important issues in contemporary art.

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