Art and Pluralism
Lawrence Alloway's Cultural Criticism

 

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Art and Pluralism
Lawrence Alloway's Cultural Criticism

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ISBN: 9781846316456

 

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This book examines the writings of Lawrence Alloway (1926-1990), one of the most influential and widely-respected art writers of the post-War years. It provides a close and critical reading of his writings, and sets his work in the cultural and political context of the London and New York art worlds of the 1950s to the early 1980s.



Art and Pluralism provides a close and critical reading of Alloway's writings, and sets his work in the cultural and political context of the London and New York art worlds of the 1950s to the early 1980s. A invaluable work for all twentieth-century artists and art historians.


 

ISBN 1846316456
ISBN13 9781846316456
Publisher Liverpool University Press
Format Hardback
Publication date 30/04/2012
Pages 510
Weight (grammes) 1066
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 220
Width (mm) 175

Contents Section A: Introduction
1. Alloway and pluralism (1) 2. Background (3) 3. The British art scene (6) 4. Early career (9/12)
Section B: Continuum (1952-1961) 1. Art criticism, 1951-1952 (1) 2. The ICA in the early 1950s (4) 3. The Independent Group: aesthetic problems (6) 4. The Independent Group: popular culture (9) 5. Art criticism, 1953-1955 (14) 6. Alloway and abstraction (18) 7. Alloway and figurative art (21/23) 8. This Is Tomorrow, 1956 (1) 9. Information Theory (3) 10. Group 10 and Information Theory (5) 11. Science Fiction (8) 12. The continuum model of culture (10)
13. Writings about the movies (18) 14. Graphics and advertising (23) 15. Design (27) 16. Architecture and the City (30/33) 17. Channel flows (1) 18. Art autre (4) 19.
The human image (6) 20.
Modern Art in the United States, 1956 (12) 21.
Action Painting (16) 22.
First trip to the USA (19) 23.
The New American Painting, 1958 (20) 24.
Alloway and Greenberg (22) 25.
Cold wars (25/26) 26.
British art and the USA: the Middle Generation (1) 27.
A younger generation and the avant garde (3) 28.
Hard Edge (9) 29.
Place and the avant-garde, 1959 (11) 30.
Situation and its legacy (16) 31.
The emergence of Pop art (22) 32.
Alloway's departure (26/31)
Section C: Abundance (1961-1971) 1. Arrival in the USA and Clemsville (1) 2. Junk art (4) 3. American Pop (7) 4. Curator at the Guggenheim (8) 5. Six Painters and the Object and Six More, 1963
(10) 6. Other writings on Pop (15) 7. Art as human evidence (17) 8. Alexander Liberman and Paul Feeley (23) 9. Systemic Painting, 1966 (28/33) 10. Abstraction and iconography (1) 11. The communications network (6) 12. Departure from the Guggenheim (13) 13. Exile in Carbondale (15) 14. Arts Magazine (19) 15. The Venice Biennale (22) 16. Return to New York: SVA, SUNY and The Nation (27/28) 17. Options (1) 18. Expanding and disappearing works of art (5) 19. Alloway's Nation criticism (8) 20. Newness and the avant-garde (12) 21.
Post-Minimal radicalism (17) 22.
Historical revisions: Abstract Expressionism, and Picasso (21/28) 23.
Mass Communications (1) 24.
Film criticism (4) 25.
Violent America (8) 26.
Pluralism as a "unifying theory" (14/16)
Section D: Alternatives (1971-1988) 1. Disorientation and dissent in the art world (1) 2. Alloway and the politicization of art, 1968-1970 (5) 3. Changing values, 1971-1972 (13) 4. Artforum and the art world as a system (15) 5. 1973 and a new pluralism (21/27) 6. The uses and limits of art criticism (1) 7. Criticism and women's art, 1972-1974 (6) 8. Women's art and criticism, 1975 (13) 9. The realist "renewal" (16) 10. Photo-Realism (20) 11. The realist "revival" (25/31) 12. Realist revisionism (1) 13. The decline of the avant-garde (4) 14. "Legitimate variables" (6) 15. Earth art (9) 16. Public art (13) 17. In praise of plenty (17) 18. Crises in the art world: criticism (18/24) 19. Crises in the art world: feminism (1) 20. Crises in the art world: curatorship (6)
21. The co-ops and "alternative" spaces (13) 22. Turn of the decade decline (21/23) 23. Mainstream... (1) 24. ...and "alternative" (6) 25. The last years (8) 26. The complex present (11/14)
Section E: Summary and Conclusion 1. Pluralism (1) 2. "Post-Modernism" (8) 3. Art history (13) 4. Art criticism (17/22) 5. Alloway's reputation (1) 6. Art (6) 7.

The legacy of pluralism (10/12)