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Esthetics Contemporary

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ISBN-10: 087975480X

ISBN-13: 9780879754808

Edition: 2nd 1989 (Revised)

Authors: Richard Kostelanetz

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How are we to understand, define, and critically evaluate the function, origin, and types of art and establish criteria for describing a work as "superior?" While such esthetic questions are unchanging, the answers vary markedly from decade to decade and even year to year, depending upon the prevailing opinion of critics, artists, and the public. Esthetics Contemporary has been revised and updated to include fourteen new selections from many of the most respected authorities on literature, dance, the visual arts, theatre, music, cinema, and architecture.Kostelanetz captures the rich diversity of our changing views of art while at the same time discloses its variegated influence on the…    
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List price: $34.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1989
Publisher: Prometheus Books, Publishers
Publication date: 10/1/1989
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 470
Size: 5.47" wide x 8.31" long x 1.02" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Richard Kostelanetz was born in 1940 in New York City and still lives there. He is a writer, artist, critic, and editor of the avant- garde who is productive in many fields. He has degrees from Brown University, Columbia University, and attended King's College, London. He served as visiting professor or guest artist at a variety of institutions and lectured widely. His published works include In the Beginning (1971), The End of Intelligent Writing: Literary Politics in America (1974), Recyclings: A Literary Autobiography (1974, 1984), A Berlin Lost (1984), and A Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes (1999), as well as many small press experimental and visual poetry titles. Individual entries on…    

Preface to the Original Edition
Preface to the Revised Edition
Introduction Contemporary American Esthetics
The Aesthetics of the Avant-Garde
The Function of Art
Space-Time Problems
The Relation of Environment to Anti-Environment
Apropos of """"Readymades""""
Art and Disorder
Apocalypse: The Place of Mystery in the Life of the Mind
On Form
Style and the Representation of Historical Time
Art and Authenticity
Systems Esthetics
Programmed Esthetics
Art as Internal Technology: The Return of the Shaman-the Descent of the Goddess
Response to a Questionnaire from the Center for Socio-Experimental Art
Criticism and Its Premises
The Delta of Modernism
Necessity of """"Formalism""""
Modernist Painting
My Painting
The General Public is Just as Disinterested in Advanced Art as Ever
Realism Now
10 Structurists in 20 Paragraphs
The Eye and the Spectator
The Expanding and Disappearing Work of Art
Meaningless Work
A Sedimentation of the Mind
Notes Toward Conditional Art
Phenomenal Art: Form, Idea and Technique
The Composer as Specialist
Postmodern and Late Modern: the Essential Definitions
Cagean Esthetics
Music as a Gradual Process
Glass and Snow
The Impermanent Art
A Quasi-Survey of Some """"Minimalist"""" Tendencies in the Quantitatively Minimal Dance Activity Midst the Plethora
What is a Dancer?
Words Per Page
Photography and Aesthetics
The Image in Question Further Notes on the Directorial Mode
""""When the Mode of the Music Changes the Walls of the City Shake""""
An Abc of Contemporary Reading
The New Art of Making Books
Video Art: Theory for a Future
New Radio Drama as Acoustical Art
Holography as Art
The Education of the Un-Artist, III
Concept Art
Paragraphs on Conceptual Art
A Something Else Manifesto