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Other Criteria

Confrontations with Twentieth-Century Art

Leo Steinberg’s classic Other Criteria comprises eighteen essays on topics ranging from “Contemporary Art and the Plight of Its Public” and the “flatbed picture plane” to reflections on Picasso, Rauschenberg, Rodin, de Kooning, Pollock, Guston, and Jasper Johns. The latter, which Francine du Plessix Gray called “a tour de force of critical method,” is widely regarded as the most eye-opening analysis of the Johns’s work ever written. This edition includes a new preface and a handful of additional illustrations.

“The art book of the year, if not of the decade and possibly of the century. . . .The significance of this volume lies not so much in the quality of its insights—although the quality is very high and the insights are important—as in the richness, precision, and elegance of its style. . . . A meeting with the mind of Leo Steinberg is one of the most enlightening experiences that contemporary criticism affords.”

—Alfred Frankenstein, Art News

“Not only one of the most lucid and independent minds among art critics, but a profound one.”—Robert Motherwell

448 pages | 295 halftones | 7 1/8 x 10 1/4 | © 2007

Art: Art Criticism, Art--General Studies

Table of Contents

Preface, 2007

1.   Contemporary Art and the Plight of Its Public
2.   Jasper Johns: the First Seven Years of His Art
3.   Other Criteria
4.   Picasso’s Sleepwatchers
5.   The Skulls of Picasso
6.   The Algerian Women and Picasso At Large
7.   Monet’s Water Lilies
8.   Gonzales
9.   Recent Drawings, USA
10. De Kooning’s Woman
11. Pollock’s First Retrospective
12. Pascin
13. Torsos and Raoul Hague
14. Fritz Glarner and Philip Guston at the Modern
15. Paul Brach’s Pictures
16. The Eye Is a Part of the Mind
17. Objectivity and the Shrinking Self
18. Rodin

List of Illustrations

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