Introduction to Art Criticism

ISBN-10: 0205835945

ISBN-13: 9780205835942

Edition: 2013

Authors: Kerr Houston
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Description: Understand the Complexities of Art Criticism in a Straightforward and Readable Manner An Introduction to Art Criticism offers a thorough overview of art criticism as it has been practiced since the 1700s. the text is built around excerpts from the work of hundreds of historical and contemporary critics, including a substantial history of art criticism and chapters on the fundamental aspects of criticism and the formation of an individual voice. Learning Goals Upon completing this book, readers should be able to: Understand and appreciate the rich history of art criticism as a field Analyze the “voice” of critics Note: MySearchLab does not come automactically packaged with this text. To purchase MySearchLab, please visit: or you can purchase a ValuePack of the text + MySearchLab: ValuePack ISBN-10: 0205900771 / ValuePack ISBN-13: 9780205900770

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List price: $56.60
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 10/3/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.122

What is Art Criticism?
The Search for Standard Features
Distinctions and Overlaps between Art Criticism and Related Activities
Art Criticism's Place in the Larger Field of Criticism
What Can Art Criticism Offer?
The Influence and Legitimacy of Criticism
Critics and Responsibilities
Who are Art Critics?
A History of Art Criticism
The Birth of a Genre
Early Voices in Art Criticism
Diderot and the Specter of Censorship
English Art Criticism in the Later 1700s
Politics with a Vengeance
Romanticism versus Neoclassicism
English Criticism: Hazlitt and Ruskin
The Development of French Modernism
The Rise of Formalist Criticism
Paris in the Early 1900s
European Criticism between the Wars
American Criticism Comes of Age
Abstract Expressionism and Harold Rosenberg
ARTnews and the Poet-Critics
Clement Greenberg and the Return of Formalism
1960s Formalism and Artforum
Emerging Alternatives to Formalism
Reenter Politics
Early Feminist Criticism
Neo-Marxism and October
The 1980s and the Culture Wars
Festivalism, Globalism, and Institutional Critique
Art Criticism since 2000
Description and Contextualization
General Issues Involving Description
The Act of Description and its Aims
Strategies of Description
Internal and External Evidence
Internal Evidence: The Medium and Formal Elements
Internal Evidence: Subject Matter and Content
External Evidence: Title, Price, Materials, and Intention
External Evidence: The Artist's Experiences, Categories, and Historical Context
External Evidence: Physical Context and Crowd Responses
External Evidence: Personal Responses
Complexities Involving Description
Evocative Description
Difficulties in Rendering the Visual in Verbal Terms
Description as Interpretation
The Costs of a Poor Description
Interpretation and Analysis
General Issues Involving Interpretation
Relations-and Distinctions-between Description and Interpretation
Criticism as Retrieval and as Revision
Judging Interpretations
Opposition to-and Support for-Interpretation
Interpretation and Intentionality
Interpretations Involving Internal and External Evidence
Iconographic Interpretation
Formal Analysis
Phenomenological Interpretation
The Status of External Evidence
Biographical Interpretation
Historicizing Interpretation: The Zeitgeist
Historicizing Interpretation: Cultural Context
Critical Theory and Systematic Interpretations
Psychoanalytic Interpretation
Feminist Interpretation
Marxist Interpretation
Structuralist and Semiotic Interpretation
Poststructuralist Interpretations
Judgment and Evaluation
The Place of Judgment in Criticism
Changing Attitudes about Judgment
The Contributions of Hume and Kant
Challenges to-and Revisions of-Kant
Claims about Universal and Personal Criteria
Early Examples of Common Criteria
Changing Criteria in the Nineteenth Century
Originality and Expressiveness Become Common Criteria
Early-Twentieth-Century Criteria
Recent Variations in the Use of Criteria
Forms of Judgment and Related Issues
Positive Judgment
Negative Judgment
Complexities Involving Judgment
Individual Critical Styles: Tone and Voice
External Factors Affecting Criticism
Word and Space Limits
Contextual Considerations
Considerations of Audience
Institutional Ideologies
Tone, Voice, and the Relevance of External Factors
The Creation of Tone: Word Choice
The Creation of Tone: Person
The Creation of Tone: Punctuation
The Creation of Tone: Tense
The Creation of Tone: Syntax and Sentence Structure
The Creation of Tone: Further Strategies
Debates About Tone
Should Art Criticism Match Its Subject in Tone?
How Clear Should Art Criticism Be?
Selections from the Salons of 1765 and 1767
Selections from the Salon of 1846
"Conclusion: Modern Art and Modern Criticism" (1843)
Two Articles on Picasso (1905)
"The Post-Impressionist Illusion" (1913)
"The American Action Painters" (1952)
"Month in Review" (1956)
"Critics of American Painting" (1959)
"Modernist Painting" (1960)
"Art and Objecthood" (1967)
"The Women Artists' Movement-What Next?" (1975)
The Editors of October, "About October" (1976)
"Beyond the Rectangle, Out of the Frame" (1995)
Excerpt from What Happened to art Criticism? (2003)
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