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Clement Greenberg

AT LONG LAST, CLEMENT GREENBERG has become readable again. This should have taken place years ago, for the texts themselves are luminous. Those of us who have been around long enough know why it didn’t happen sooner. Most artists and critics who came of age in the ’80s were fed a caricature of Greenberg—a foil, more precisely, against which the then-dominant antiaesthetic discourse stood for the truth. But those who are coming of age now are the readers whom Greenberg’s long-overdue Homemade Esthetics will, one hopes, reach. To do him justice, one must, of course, read him, preferably whole. With the timely publication of Homemade Esthetics complementing John O’Brian’s four-volume Collected Writings, that’s now almost a possibility.

The book, intelligently prefaced by Charles Harrison, has two parts. The first consists of nine texts, most of which appeared in Art News and other magazines

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