By Richard Kostelanetz
Kostelanetz is the editor, with entries from approximately 10 extra academics.
perhaps a sign of the dictionary's tone and breadth, the commitment is to Nicolas Slonimsky!
this is the 1st variation; moment variation is considerably broader. even though, any dictionary following within the culture of Slonimsky is pleasant to learn hide to cover--so fee it out!
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Surprisingly, this is often the 1st topic dictionary that addresses avant-garde artists and types one of the visible and acting arts. Prolific artist and writer Kostelanetz ( talking with Cage , LJ 10/1/93) first develops a operating definition of avant-garde paintings: it expresses aesthetic innovation, earnings preliminary reputation from a restricted viewers, and serves as suggestion to destiny artists. From this he selects for inclusion such artists and hobbies as Beckett, Cage, Bunuel, summary Expressionism, unfastened jazz, and video paintings. All 681 entries are good written, and so much comprise short bibliographies. The work's strengths lie in its interdisciplinary method, insurance of artwork made from approximately 1850 to the current, and dialogue of many minor and modern artists. additionally, Kostelanetz's severe method enables dialogue of the actually cutting edge part of artists like Andy Warhol whereas ignoring these elements that fall open air his definition of the avant-garde. ultimately, his paintings is at the moment priced in the finances of even small associations and contributors drawn to the humanities. A precious addition to the artwork and tradition number of all libraries.
- Stephen L. Hupp, Capital Univ. Lib., Columbus, Ohio
In the phrases of the writer, a prolific author and scholar of avant-garde themes, "this booklet was once written not only to be consulted yet to be learn from starting to end." It attracts upon his wisdom of literature, paintings, structure, acting arts, hobbies, and esthetics. he's admittedly opinionated in his judgment of artists and their works. The artists integrated are regularly 20th century, with out start date previous to Edward Lear's (1812). They contain such famous matters as Muybridge, Bierce, and Stravinsky and such modern figures as environmental-artist Christo and performance-artist Laurie Anderson. The entries for Kinetic paintings, Serial song, Mixed-Means Theater, Zaum (poetry), SoHo, and whatever Else Press create a wealthy photo of a period.
Entries are alphabetically prepared, with dates and replacement names. The paintings is extremely readable. One access results in one other relatively seamlessly by utilizing asterisks put after the point out of comparable entries (e.g., Slonimsky, Nicholas results in Varsese, Edgard; Ives, Charles; Dada; and Constructivism). There are cross-references to acceptable headings, "Kovacs, Ernie see Television." so much entries comprise a number of references on the finish, and the "Postface" contains a bibliography of nineteen works consulted. The initials of 9 students, authors, and critics seem at the entries they've got contributed. Small black-and-white images upload interest.
This paintings is formed via names so widely used that, in certain cases, they not look avant-garde: Eisenstein in movie, James Joyce in literature, Merce Cunningham in dance, Buckminster Fuller in structure, Mary Quant in style, Allen Ginsberg in poetry. a few entries, comparable to Futurism (Russian), result in various similar entries which may be much less familiar.
This small quantity, bringing jointly a wealth of data on esthetic innovation, will make avant-garde paintings extra obtainable to everybody and may be a welcome boost to paintings reference collections. --This textual content refers to an out of print or unavailable version of this identify.
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Beckett, Samuel. I Can’t Go On, I ’ll Go On: A Selection from Samuel Beckett’s Work. Ed. and intro. Richard W. Seaver. NY: Grove, 1976. (This single volume contains not only Waiting for Godot and the first part of Comment c’est but also his essay “Dante. Bruno. Vico. ) BELGUM, Erik (1961). Among the best of the younger writers of fiction, let alone experimen tal fiction, Belgum draws upon a background in avant-garde music and a familiarity with advanced word processors to produce highly innovative texts that in their original form exploit laser printer typography to enhance their style.
Artaud, Antonin. The Theatre and Its Double (1938). Trans. C. Richards. NY: Grove, 1958. ARTE POVERA, L’ART CONTEMPORAIN, ART INFORMEL, ART BRUT, ART AUTRE, SUPER REALISM, NEW ESTHETIC, ART OF THE REAL, TRANSAVANTGARDE, NEO-GEO, UNEXPRES SIONISM, etc. These terms are grouped together because they were used at one time or another to merchandise a new group of artists; and although some of the individual artists promoted under these banners might have survived, the terms did not, mostly because they (and others with a similarly short life span) were coined out of the intelligence of advertising and promotion rather than art criticism and art history.
Mainz, Ger many: Wergo 60098,1982. BARNES, Djuna (1892-1982). S. ” Barnes’s style combines Elizabethan English with turn-of-the-century avant-garde prose, giving Nightwood the quality of elegant nightmare. Barnes, Djuna. Nightwood. London, England: Faber, 1936. ----- . Ryder. Elmwood Park, IL: Dalkey Archive, 1990. BARNETT, Peter H. (1945). A philosophy pro fessor married to an art curator, Barnett also produces conceptually original and profound 15 book-art. His interest is visually portraying philosophical questions.
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