Criticizing art : understanding the contemporary

Barrett, Terry, 1945-

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  • Creator Terry Barrett
  • Format Books
  • Publication
    • Mountain View, Calif. : Mayfield Pub. Co., [1994]
    • ©1994
  • Physical Details
    • xiv, 200 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 9781559341479, 1559341475
  • OCLC ocm28674929


  • "Criticizing Art: Understanding the Contemporary helps students of art and art history better understand and appreciate contemporary art by studying the principles of art criticism and applying them to contemporary forms of American art. This book provides a framework for critically considering contemporary art through describing, interpreting, evaluating, and theorizing." "The diverse perspectives of contemporary critics such as Douglas Crimp, Arthur Danto, Elizabeth Heartney, Donald Kuspit, Lucy Lippard, Peter Plagens, and Arlene Raven on the work of Leon Golub, Jenny Holzer, Frida Kahlo, Elizabeth Murray, Martin Puryear, William Wegman, and many other artists help readers develop their own critical positions." "Chapter 5, "Theory and Art Criticism," offers clear definitions of modernism, post-modernism, feminism, and multiculturalism, enabling readers to understand the critical milieu in which twentieth century critics have been operating." "An entire chapter (Chapter 6) devoted to writing and talking about contemporary art leads readers through the process of preparing thoughtful, well-constructed critical analyses. Two student papers provide useful examples of the principles discussed throughout the text. Guidelines for constructive group criticism are also included."--BOOK JACKET.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-190) and index.


  • Ch. 1. About Art Criticism -- Ch. 2. Describing Art -- Ch. 3. Interpreting Art -- Ch. 4. Judging Art -- Ch. 5. Theory and Art Criticism -- Ch. 6. Writing and Talking About Art
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