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by Kim Levin
Essays discuss modernism, Duchamp, Picasso, Jonathan, Borofsky, the Times Squ Show, Philip Pearlstein, Andy Warhol, and Laurie Anderson.
Paperback, 258 pages
Published October 19th 1989 by HarperCollins Publishers
(first published 1988)
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These essays offer a fascinating time capsule of the concerns of the late 70s/early 80s (Jonathan Borofsky! The Times Square show! Neo-expressionism!). And Levin's writing is very accessible, generally free of academic jargon--think of her as Jerry Saltz avant la lettre.
This book consists of essays from the 70's & 80's originally published in Art Magazine, The Village Voice, and several other publications. Most of these essays are incomprehensible, a handful are interesting. Firstly, don't be misled by the title "Beyond Modernism". It really doesn't serve as an explanation of either Modernism or Post-Modernism. It's mostly Post-Modernist in it's concept though - a lot of discussions of period and style with no real context and certainly no commitment to any ...more