See Clement Greenberg, “Avant-Garde and Kitsch,” Partisan Review 6 (Fall ). , and “Towards a Newer Laocoon,” Partisan Review 7 (July-August. Critic Clement Greenberg did not consider abstraction to be merely an artistic style, but an actual medium itself. By the early s, “Towards a New Laocoon”. Op de foto zien we Jackson Pollock, Clement Greenberg, Helen Painting, of , and to lrving Babbitt’s The New Laokoon: An Essay on the.

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Kitsch is the epitome of all that is spurious in the life of our times. Kitsch is vicarious experience and faked sensations. Affirmations and Refusals, — Lakoon as to purity in art and, bound up with it, the attempts to establish the differences between the various arts are not idle.

Classic essays on photography. Greenberg expressed mixed feelings about pop art. Among the dominant trends in the Post-Painterly Abstraction are Hard-Edged Greehberg such as Ellsworth Kelly and Frank Stella who explored relationships between tightly ruled shapes and edges, in Stella’s case, between the shapes depicted on the surface and the literal shape of the support and Color-Field Painters such as Helen Frankenthaler and Morris Louiswho stained first Magna then water-based acrylic paints into unprimed canvas, exploring tactile and optical aspects of large, vivid fields of pure, open color.

Purists make extravagant claims for art, because usually they value it much more than an one else does. Emphasize the medium and its difficulties, and at once the purely plastic, the proper, values of visual art come to the fore.

For the same reason they are much more solicitous about it.

Clement Greenberg

Kitsch pretends to demand nothing of its customers except their money — not even their time. Laat een reactie achter; Cancel reply. You can filter on reading intentions from the listas well as view them within your profile. It is easy to recognize this variant, but rather difficult to expose its motivation. Retrieved from ” https: Greenberg’s antagonism to ‘ Postmodernist ‘ theories and socially engaged movements in art caused him to become a target for critics who labelled him, and the art he admired, as “old fashioned”.

All emphasis is taken away from the medium and transferred to subject matter. Please log in to set a read status. University of Chicago Press. On the one hand he maintained that pop art partook of a trend toward “openness and clarity as against the turgidities of second generation Abstract Expressionism.


Kitsch is mechanical and operates by formulas. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Your reading intentions are also stored in your profile for future reference. This item appears on List: There has been, is, and will be, such a thing as a confusion of the arts.

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Greenberg helped to articulate a concept of medium specificity. It was then that Greenberg began to write seriously, and soon after began getting published in a handful of small magazines and literary journals.

Decline it was, compared to what had taken place in Italy, Flanders, Spain and Germany the century before. Have you read this? VI I find that I have offered no other explanation for the present superiority of abstract art than its historical justification. By Romanticism had exhausted itself. This conjunction holds the artist in a vise from which at the present moment he can escape only by surrendering his ambition and returning to a stale past.

The cubist painter eliminated color because, consciously or unconsciously, he was parodying, in order to destroy, the academic methods of achieving volume and depth, which are shading and perspective, and as such have little to do with color in the common sense of the word, The cubist used these same methods to break the canvas into a multiplicity of subtle recessive planes, which seem to shift and fade into infinite depths and yet insist on returning to the surface of the canvas.

Greenberg suggested this process attained a level of “purity” a word he only used within scare quotes that would reveal the truthfulness of the canvasand the two-dimensional aspects of the space flatness.

I have no doubt that they will be replaced in the future by other standards, which will be perhaps more inclusive than any possible now.

Towards a Newer Laocoon

A confusion of the arts results, by which the subservient ones are perverted and distorted; they are forced to deny their own nature in an effort to attain the effects of the dominant art. He became art critic for the Nation in The arts, then, have been hunted back to their mediums, and there they have been isolated, concentrated and defined.

Yet it seems to me that the wish to return to the imitation of nature in art has been given no more justification than the desire of certain partisans of abstract art to legislate it into permanency. Post-Painterly Abstraction is generally seen as continuing the Modernist dialectic of self-criticism. It is by virtue of its medium that each art is unique and strictly itself. Literature, for a number of reasons, had won the upper hand, and the plastic arts — especially in the form of easel painting and statuary — tried to win admission to its domain.


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And it was for the effects of literature that 17th and 18th century painting strained most of all. Artists represented in the collection include among others: And as in painting the pristine flatness of the stretched canvas constantly struggles to overcome every other element, so in sculpture the stone figure appears to be on the point of relapsing into the original monolith, and the cast seems to narrow and smooth itself back to the original molten stream from which it was poured, or tries to remember the texture and plasticity of the clay in which it was first worked out.

Under the influence of the square shape of the canvas, forms tend to become geometrical — and simplified, because simplification is also at part of the instinctive accommodation to the medium. As we gaze at a cubist painting of the last phase we witness the birth and death of three—dimensional pictorial space. It is quite easy to show that abstract art like every other cultural phenomenon reflects the social and other circumstances of the age in which its creators live, and that there is nothing inside art itself, disconnected from history, which compels it to go in one direction or another.

Here’s an example of what they look like: This page was last edited on 14 Octoberat I There can be, I believe, such a thing as a dominant art form; this was what literature had become in Europe by the 17th century. And the very level of greatness sinks by comparison to the work of the past.

As the first and most important item upon its agenda, the avant-garde saw the necessity of an escape from ideas, which were infecting the arts with the ideological struggles of society. I find them simply the most valid ones at this given moment. I do not know.

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