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Signifying Art Essays on Art after 1960 by Marjorie (Pratt Institute, New York) Welish


Signifying Art Essays on Art after 1960 by Marjorie (Pratt Institute, New York) Welish

This book, first published in 1999, studies the work of a generation of 'respondents' to the New York School, including Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and Cy Twombly, who reintroduced pictorialism and verbal content in their paintings and assemblages. Their work, Marjorie Welish argues, often alludes to the history of art and culture. Also examined are the work of Minimal and Conceptual artists, particularly Donald Judd and Sol Le Witt, who sought to make objective and theoretical artefacts in response to the subjectivity that Abstract Expressionism had promoted. By interpreting the work of these artists in the light of contemporary issues, Welish offers a fresh re-evaluation of some of the major trends and production of post-war American painting.


'Welish not only educates her readers about art, she also informs them about art writing ... takes on complex questions surrounding the distinctions between description, interpretation, and evaluation--and provides us with sage advice about how to adjust to changes in the way social and cultural matters are ordered and how regimes of knowledge and belief can be appraised.'
Craig Adcock, College Art Association Reviews

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Publication date

28th September 1999


Marjorie (Pratt Institute, New York) Welish

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Cambridge University Press


336 pages


History of art & design styles: from c 1900 -
Painting & paintings



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