Modernist Painting and Materiality


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About the Book

A fascination with an artwork’s materiality remains one of the hallmarks of the visual arts and modernism during the 20th century. This critical text examines the role of materiality primarily within the context of modernist painting, focusing on those instances in which paintings come to be defined by their physical means. The book encompasses a number of different historical and artistic contexts including the Russian avant-garde, Clement Greenberg’s aesthetic positivism, the significance of gesture in Abstract Expressionism and the art criticism of Michael Fried.

About the Author(s)

Painter and writer Craig G. Staff teaches at the University of Northampton (England).

Bibliographic Details

Craig G. Staff
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 208
Bibliographic Info: 22 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4714-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

Introduction      7

1. Antecedents      15

2. The Russian Avant-Garde      35

3. Aesthetic Positivism      60

4. Gesture      82

5. Literalism      96

6. Forms of Address      113

7. Identity      129

Notes      149

Bibliography      181

Index      197