Cloth $81.00 ISBN: 9780226020969 Published March 2011
Paper $29.00 ISBN: 9780226020976 Published March 2011
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Radical Coherency

Selected Essays on Art and Literature, 1966 to 2005

David Antin

David Antin

384 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2011
Cloth $81.00 ISBN: 9780226020969 Published March 2011
Paper $29.00 ISBN: 9780226020976 Published March 2011
E-book $7.00 to $25.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226923321 Published March 2012

“We got to talking”—so David Antin begins the introduction to Radical Coherency, embarking on the pursuit that has marked much of his breathless, brilliantly conversational work. For the past forty years, whether spoken under the guise of performance artist or poet, cultural explorer or literary critic, Antin’s innovative observations have helped us to better understand everything from Pop to Postmodernism. 

Intimately wedded to the worlds of conceptual art and poetics, Radical Coherency collects Antin’s influential critical essays and spontaneous, performed lectures (or “talk pieces”) for the very first time, capturing one of the most distinctive perspectives in contemporary literature. The essays presented here range from the first serious assessment of Andy Warhol published in a major art journal, as well as Antin’s provocative take on Clement Greenberg’s theory of Modernism, to frontline interventions in present debates on poetics and fugitive pieces from the ’60s and ’70s that still sparkle today—and represent a gold mine for art historians of the period. From John Cage to Allan Kaprow, Mark Rothko to Ludwig Wittgenstein, Antin takes the reader on an idiosyncratic, personal journey through twentieth-century culture with his trademark antiformalist panache—one that will be welcomed by any fan of this consummate trailblazer.

 

Contents

Preface

Introduction

 

Art Essays

 

Warhol: The Silver Tenement

Alex Katz and the Tactics of Representation

Jean Tinguely’s New Machine

Lead Kindly Blight

“It Reaches a Desert in which Nothing Can Be Perceived but Feeling”

Art and the Corporations

Video, the Distinctive Features of the Medium

Have Mind, Will Travel

the existential allegory of the rothko chapel

Duchamp: The Meal and the Remainder

Allan at Work

 

Literary Essays

 

Modernism and Postmodernism: Approaching the Present in Modern American Poetry

Some Questions about Modernism

radical coherency

The Stranger at the Door

The Beggar and the King

“the death of the hired man”

FINE FURS

Wittgenstein among the Poets

john cage uncaged is still cagey

 

Acknowledgments

Index
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