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Homemade esthetics : observations on art and taste

Author: Clement Greenberg
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
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"In this work, which gathers previously uncollected essays and a series of seminars delivered at Bennington in 1971, Greenberg provides his most expansive statement of his views on taste and quality in art, arguing for an esthetic that flies in the face of current art world fashions." "Greenberg maintains - despite the attempts of some artists from Marcel Duchamp onwards to escape the jurisdiction of taste by  Read more...
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Greenberg, Clement, 1909-1994.
Homemade esthetics.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1999
(OCoLC)607267024
Online version:
Greenberg, Clement, 1909-1994.
Homemade esthetics.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1999
(OCoLC)608423444
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Clement Greenberg
ISBN: 0195124332 9780195124330 0195139232 9780195139235
OCLC Number: 40783938
Description: xxx, 220 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction : the judgment of art / Charles Harrison --
pt. 1. The essays. Intuition and the esthetic experience --
Esthetic judgment --
Can taste be objective? --
The factor of surprise --
Judgment and the esthetic object --
Convention and innovation --
The experience of value --
The language of esthetic discourse --
Observations on esthetic distance --
pt. 2. The Bennington College seminars, April 6-22, 1971 --
Appendix : a draft of Chapter one.
Responsibility: Clement Greenberg.
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"In this work, which gathers previously uncollected essays and a series of seminars delivered at Bennington in 1971, Greenberg provides his most expansive statement of his views on taste and quality in art, arguing for an esthetic that flies in the face of current art world fashions." "Greenberg maintains - despite the attempts of some artists from Marcel Duchamp onwards to escape the jurisdiction of taste by producing an art so disjunctive that it cannot be judgedthat taste is inexorable. He argues that standards of quality in art, the artist's responsibility to seek out the hardest demands of a medium, and the critic's responsibility to discriminate, are essential conditions for great art. The obsession with innovation and the epidemic of newness leads, in Greenberg's view, to the boringness of so much avant garde art. He discusses the interplay of expectation and surprise in aesthetic experience, and the exalted consciousness produced by great art." "Homemade Esthetics allows us, particularly in the transcribed seminar sessions, never before published, to watch the critic's mind at work, defending (and at times reconsidering) his theories."--BOOK JACKET.

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