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WORDS FOR ART: CRITICISM, HISTORY, THEORY, PRACTICE. Barry Schwabsky. Sternberg Press, Berlin, 2013. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Ram Publications, Santa Monica. 252 pp. 22 x 15 cm. ISBN 9783956790027 In English.
Publisher's description: The 20 book reviews and essays in this new title from Barry Schwabsky, longtime art critic for The Nation, were written across as many years and for as wide a breadth of publications. Though originally conceived as a book of essays on painting, Schwabsky's diverse interests in literary theory (he cites giants Paul de Man and Roland Barthes as influences) and philosophy bring new perspectives to this collection. Walter Benjamin's views on color, E. H. Gombrich's theory of perception, Mel Bochner's and Liz Kotz's narratives of conceptualism and Sarah Thornton's peregrinations in the "art world" are but a few of the topics explored. In an era of hyper-specialization and rigid academic protocols, Schwabsky revives a form of criticism one imagined barely existed-a criticism of varied interests and passionate opinions.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — 1900-1945, Post-1945 — Several Media, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 159819
Paperbound $28.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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