PRINT February 1998


Michael Fried

ANYONE WITH SERIOUS interest in visual art needs to read this book: that is simply the judgment of history, which supersedes any mere reviewer’s recommendation. So conspicuous has been Michael Fried’s profile as high Modernism’s most forceful and articulate standard-bearer that the detailed substance underlying this reputation has been more often assumed than examined or reexamined. The appearance of this collection removes any reason for such carelessness.

It has been some three decades since the defining essays of this collection first appeared. In that long intervening period, Fried gave up topical engagement with contemporary art, pursuing instead a highly individual interpretation of French painting as it developed from Jean-Baptiste Greuze in the later eighteenth century to Edouard Manet and the cusp of Impressionism. Having recently summed up the art-historical project in two weighty

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