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Dialectical Conversions: Donald Kuspit's Art Criticism

Dialectical Conversions: Donald Kuspit's Art Criticism (Paperback)

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Few art critics in Western art history have ever had the broad-ranging impact over several decades of Donald Kuspit, a philosopher and psychoanalyst who from 1970 until the present has been a commanding figure on the international stage. A student of German thinker Theodor Adorno under whom he earned the first of his three doctorates, Kuspit introduced a new type of philosophical art criticism into the art world. He drew on both phenomenology and Critical Theory before he then increasingly adopted psychoanalysis. Since Kuspit himself has always measured his own place in the history of art criticism by how rigorously he engages with competing approaches, this book is a searching survey of Kuspit's role in triggering several historic shifts within art criticism, beginning with his now legendary 1974 article in Artforum, "A Phenomenological Approach to Artistic Intention." Dense and demanding, yet deft and incisive, Kuspit's multi-faceted art criticism has become world famous for reasons that artists, critics, art historians, and philosophers from at least ten different nations explain from various points of view.

Divided into three parts and introduced by a lengthy introduction, the book features comments by recognized artists like Rudolf Baranik, Anselm Kiefer, and April Gornik, as well as critical commentaries by many scholars and critics from around the world on the richness of Kuspit's insights into art.

David Craven, Distinguished Professor of Art History, University of New Mexico Art in the New Nicaragua, Co-authored with John Ryder (Ithaca, NY: New York Council for the Humanities, 1983). The New Concept of Art & Popular Culture in Nicaragua Since the Revolution in 1979 (Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1989). Mythmaking in the McCarthy Period (Liverpool & London: The Tate Gallery, 1992). Poetics and Politics in the Art of Rudolf Baranik (Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press, 1996). Diego Rivera as Epic Modernist (Boston: G.K. Hall Press, 1997). Abstract Expressionism as Cultural Critique: Dissent During the McCarthy Period (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999). Art and Revolution in Latin America, 1910-1990 (London & New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002, 1st ed. and 2006, 2nd paperback ed.). Mexican Modern: Masters of the 20th Century, Co-authored with Luis Martin Lozano (Santa Fe: Museum of Fine Arts, 2006). Foreword by Bill Richardson. Prof. David Craven Bibliographie,1977-2007 (Berlin: Humboldt University, 2007). Brian Winkenweder, Associate Professor of Art History, Linfield College Reading Wittgenstein: Robert Morris's Art as Philosophy (Saarbrucken: Verlag Dr. Muller, 2008).

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