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Book Title: A Fine Disregard: What Makes Modern Art Modern|
The author of the book: Kirk Varnedoe
Edition: Harry N. Abrams
Date of issue: April 1st 1990
ISBN 13: 9780810931060
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I'm embarrassed to say that I have a very shameless love for art criticism, as well as a very juvenile fantasy to be as eloquent and evocative and insightful about art as art historians and art critics. I find my self enjoying art pieces in museums that have accompanying comments than those that don't.
In that way, it's a bit sad that I have trouble appreciating contemporary art without having first read about a piece, or someone's interpretation of that piece. A lot of things just don't reach me.
Now this isn't entirely true: I love Cy Twombly and Banksy (he's easy) and Takashi Murakami (he's cool) and Hollis Sigler and some Van Gogh, and ADORE Francis Bacon and the whole Conceptual art movement. But I needed Simon Schama to explain to me why Caravaggio and Bernini and Rothko are so incredible. While I've always enjoyed Andy Warhol, but appreciate his purposeful emptiness so much more after watching a few documentaries.
Obviously, most artists don't create with a commentary in mind, and to rely on someone else's interpretation entirely misses the point. However, I think that in order for an artist to produce anything consciously, they draw from their experience, and the best art commentary enlightens its audience on the artist's intellectual background. Sometimes that might mean a biographical focus, like Simon Schama used in his fantastic "The Power of Art" series. Other times, we ought to understand the intellectual heritage that an artist developed in, and the zeitgeist that they were responding to. Describing the varied currents of thought that flowed into what we now call contemporary art is what Kirk Varnedoe does so well in this book.
In fact the title itself is an allusion to my point: contemporary artists disregarded the old rules of art, but did so in a beautiful way.
So, yes, this book introduces me to more artists. But more importantly, Varnedoe teaches me how the ideas behind contemporary art even came about, and that is an intellectual journey that I enjoy even more than the pieces themselves. I loved learing about how photography and japanese art introduced concepts that set contemporary art on the "Road to Flatness, how fragmentation and repetition revolutionized sculpture and was felt across all art mediums, how primitivism loosened artist's concerns about realism. Past that, Varnedoe is an eloquent commentator on art himself, and proves to be an astute and economical teacher.
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Read information about the authorJohn Kirk Train Varnedoe was an American art historian, the Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art from 1988 to 2001, Professor of the History of Art at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and Professor of Fine Arts at the New York University Institute of Fine Arts.
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