Title: Art as Art: The Selected Writings of Ad ...
Publisher: The Viking Press, New York, NY
Publication Date: 1975
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
Edition: First Edition, so stated.
First Edition, so stated. Near Fine in Near Fine DJ: Both book and DJ show only minute indications of use. Book shows just a hint of shelf-soiling along the bottom edge of the black cloth over boards; two small coffee-like stains at the fore-edge; the binding shows barely discernible lean, but remains perfectly secure; text clean. The DJ shows only the mildest rubbing; the price remains unclipped; mylar-protected. Overall, while no longer pristine, this book is structurally sound and tightly bound, showing barely discernible wear and a single small flaw: very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 236pp. Edited by Barbara Rose. Liberally illustrated with photographs in black & white. (The Documents of 20th-Century Art Series, Edited by Robert Motherwell). Hardback with DJ. Ad Reinhardt was the epitome of the late modernist painter. He polished his craft and his concept until it was air tight and nearly impervious to criticism. Though we can deny that his paintings are the 'last paintings,' we cannot deny that they altered the course of modern art. Nor that they are sublime, spiritual, human accomplishments. Reinhardt . . . remains an urgently contemporary figure in art and the life of art. He has already been a major subterranean influence in the generation of Minimal and Post-Minimal art, and seems ready for wide recognition as one of the most significant cultural figures of the past quarter- century. This writing shines a light in the darkness that is Ad Reinhardt. Though especially useful for a Reinhardt scholar or enthusiast, the writings will enlighten any painter or student of twentieth century art. How far can an artist go into the furnace of self discovery? How much of a painting is truth and how much seduction? Open these pages and discover the answers to these questions and many others. "Dark within dark; the gateway to all understanding." --Tao te Ching. Bookseller Inventory # 43013
Synopsis: Ad Reinhardt is probably best known for his black paintings, which aroused as much controversy as admiration in the American art world when they were first exhibited in the 1950s. Although his ideas about art and life were often at odds with those of his contemporaries, they prefigured the ascendance of minimalism. Reinhardt's interest in the Orient and in religion, his strong convictions about the value of abstraction, and his disgust with the commercialism of the art world are as fresh and valid today as they were when he first expressed them.
From the Back Cover: Rose in the introduction suggests that Reinhardt's ultimate value is as 'a prophet of the realization that high art can only endure as spiritual art.' Well, maybe, but his copious writings are also exuberant, ironic, rancorous and parodistic and, as such, a marvelous commentary of the recent art world.
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