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Homemade Esthetics: Observations on Art and Taste (Portátil #21)

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A giant of 20th century art criticism, Clement Greenberg (1909-1994) set the terms of critical discourse from the moment he burst onto the scene with his seminal essays "Avant-Garde and Kitsch" (1939) and "Towards a Newer Laocoon" (1940). In this work, which gathers previously uncollected essays and a series of seminars delivered at Bennington College in 1971, Greenberg pr ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 19th 2000 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1999)
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Glenn Russell
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing

"When art is under scrutiny as art and nothing but art, then the question of the relation of art to life, of esthetic to moral value, is beside the point." -- Clement Greenberg, from his essay The Experience of Value

For anyone interested in the arts and aesthetics, this collection of essays and university discussions is a breath of fresh air since Clement Greenberg grounds his observations relating to intuition, beauty, taste, creativity and the visual arts not on extensive scholarship (there ar
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Robert Wechsler
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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This collection of essays, by the critic most responsible for the success of Abstract Expressionism, is mostly about taste, about the absolute aspects of taste. Here are a few quotes to give you a taste of what he says about taste:

"Kitsch effectively displaced the art of the avant-garde by rendering its difficulty consumable."

"The moment … an act of intuition stops with itself and ceases to inform or point, it changes from ordinary intuition into an esthetic one."

"The pleasure of esthetic expeie
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Andrew Field
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely fascinating. I came to Greenberg by way of Michael Fried, an art critic I like (at times - I'm currently reading his "Courbet's Realism" but am feeling largely unpersuaded by his argument, for reasons I'll hopefully write about later), and Fried was influenced by Greenberg. I am reluctant to call either Fried or Greenberg a formalist, but both focus largely on intrinsic qualities of/to art, as opposed to taking more explicitly into account political, social, or historica ...more
Weronika
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Almost 50 years have passed since these esseys were written, and they are still amazingly fresh and inspiring. However, even if you are a fan of Greenberg's, you should consider other ways of approaching the book than reading it cover to cover. After the foreword (not to be missed) and Introduction (extremely useful), come the final essays, as they were published (Part I). This is followed by the transcript of the original Bennington College Seminars, which includes Greensberg's presentations of ...more
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American essayist, known mainly as an influential visual art critic closely associated with American Modern art of the mid-20th century.
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