PRINT September 2005


Art Since 1900

“The first obligation of an art critic is to deliver value judgments.”

—Clement Greenberg1

FORGET EVERYTHING you know about the modern art survey––the capsule summaries of avant-garde movements, the potted versions of social-historical context, the glancing, “drive-by” descriptions of artists and works. Art Since 1900: Modernism, Anti-modernism, Postmodernism invests the art-history textbook with an unprecedented degree of critical intensity, intellectual ambition, and interpretive difficulty. Structured as a series of more than one hundred short but fully loaded essays, the book makes a powerful argument for particularism, for learning from the texture and complexity of individual artworks, historical episodes, and critical writings rather than from synthetic overviews or even-handed exposition.

The volume’s authors—Hal Foster, Rosalind Krauss, Yve-Alain Bois, and Benjamin H. D. Buchloh—

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