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By Ellen H. Johnson

ISBN-10: 0064301125

ISBN-13: 9780064301121

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ISBN-13: 9781429484961

From the Preface:The proven fact that loads of recent paintings has committed itself to the exploration and statement of its personal identification is mirrored in, yet doesn't clarify, the expanding volume of writing and speaking at the a part of modern artists. particularly, the total historical past of the altering function of artwork and artists in a democratic, commercial, and technological society stands at the back of the spate of artists’ phrases and the public’s starvation for them—even a few of the normal public available in the market past art’s little circle. Statements through artists attraction a bit the way in which drawings do: they bring about us, or a minimum of they carry the promise of bringing us, toward the artist’s concepts and emotions and to an knowing of his or her modus operandi; they carry the keys to a mysterious realm. and occasionally they provide us the sheer excitement of fine interpreting. Such is the first raison d’être of this book.Its different motivation is academic, and stems from the not easy lack, in instructing modern artwork, of any unmarried compilation of statements via American artists from 1940 to the current.

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Laws set can always be violated. That confuses rhe pragmatic mind, There may exist eonventionalized terminologies and common designations for periods, but no rules bind, either to the material substances from which it is made or the mental process of its concept. It is created by man's imagination in relation to his time. When art exists, it becomes tradition. When it is created, it represents a unity that did not exist before. I feel RO tradition. I feel great spaces. I feel my own time. I am disconnected.

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It unfolded. So I feel that in the end, X have used a hunk of time. I have taken everythiw out of this world, everything that X could, to become more aware of what it is. Let me explain something that happried, in San Francisco not too long ago.. . Someone at the luncheon party said to me, "Mrs. Nevelson, ~ ~hear i e or we read that when you eat raisins, you make a selection of each raisin. . ' T h e n you are eating raisins-I haven't eaten them for twenty years but never mind-w hy shouldn't I select every little form that I put in my mouth?

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