Art in Progress

Maarten Doorman

Art in Progress
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Maarten Doorman

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

304 pages | 6-1/4 x 9-1/4 | © 2003
Paper $44.95 ISBN: 9789053565858 Published October 2003 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
In this challenging essay, Maarten Doorman argues that in art, belief in progress is still relevant, if not essential. The radical freedoms of postmodernism, he claims, have had a crippling effect on art, leaving it in danger of becoming meaningless. Art can only acquire meaning through context; the concept of progress, then, is ideal as the primary criterion for establishing that context. The history of art, in fact, can be seen as a process of constant accumulation, works of art commenting on one another and enriching one another's meanings. It is these complex interrelationships and the progress they create in both art and its observers that Doorman, in a display of great philosophical erudition, defends.
1. Perspectives on Progress: A History
2. From the Ancients and the Moderns: A Door to the Future
3. From Romanticism to the Avant-Garde
4. On Making Revolution
5. Innovation in Painting and Architecture: De Stijl
6. The End of Art
7. A New Approach to an Old Concept
Index of Names
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