From the much acclaimed and highly controversial modern art critic Michael Fried come 27 pieces about the nature of modernism and the aims and essence of advanced painting and sculpture.
Beginning his career as an art critic, Fried, now a noted scholar at Johns Hopkins University, published some of the most important critiques of the emerging art of the 1960s. In this volume, Fried has gathered the bulk of the essays and reviews he published between 1962 and 1977. Fried's criticism focused on key artists Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski, and Frank Stella, and most of the essays in this volume concern these artists or the work of Jackson Pollock. Fried has chosen to arrange the works in reverse chronological order, allowing the reader to see not what criticism grew into but the roots from which it sprang. The centerpiece of the collection is the 1967 title piece, "Art and Objecthood," which continues to address many of the current approaches to nonrepresentational art and is enhanced in the larger setting of Fried's work. A prefatory essay provides autobiographical information and contextualizes the collection. Recommended for academic collections with an interest in contemporary art.Martin R. Kalfatovic, Smithsonian Inst. Libs., Washington, DC