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Co-founder and co-editor of October magazine, a veteran of Artforum of the 1960s and early 1970s, Rosalind Krauss has presided over and shared in the major formulation of the theory of postmodernism.In this challenging collection of fifteen essays, most of which originally appeared in October, she explores the ways in which the break in style that produced postmodernism ha ...more
Paperback, 319 pages
Published July 9th 1986 by Mit Press (first published January 1985)
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Perhaps some of my favorite pieces of Krauss in here; "Grids" & "Sculpture in the Expanded Field". Again my students are reading select parts from this in a course I am currently teaching.
Brian  Kubarycz
I have read and marked this book again and again until any given page looks like a war zone. Which is not unrelated to Krauss's view of the world of modern art. There is scarcely an inch of the modern-art pond this woman has been unwilling to swim, and piss in.
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Haven't really read through all of it, but I found it very comprehensive in informing much about modern and post-modern art. If you write a review of an artwork, or perhaps a contemporary art critic, this book is the best companion to be...
This book is the ultimate brainiac art history read. I hate the hairy toe on the cover and usually stick a post-it over it when I tote it around. I'm not the biggest fan of feet I have to say.
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American art critic, professor, and theorist who is based at Columbia University, teaching Modern Art and Theory.
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