A CRITICAL HISTORY OF 20TH-CENTURY ART
by Donald Kuspit
In the introduction to his new book, to be published in Artnet Magazine, the author examines the rise of the avant-garde.

Dec. 27, 2005

Introduction
Twentieth Century Art: An Overview of Critical Opinion

"The real problem of modernity is the problem of belief," writes Daniel Bell, the sociologist and political theorist. "To use an unfashionable term, it is a spiritual crisis, since the new anchorages have proved illusory and the old ones have become submerged. It is a situation which brings us back to nihilism; lacking a past or a future, there is only a void."(1) Modern art, in all its seemingless limitless variety, presents itself as one solution to the problem, indeed, as some think, the only important solution.
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A Critical History of 20th Century Art Contents
Jan. 10, 2006
A CRITICAL HISTORY OF 20TH-CENTURY ART
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Chapter 1, part 1 & 2: New Forms For Old Feelings: The First Decade.
Jan. 26, 2006
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Chapter 1, part 3: New Forms For Old Feelings: The First Decade.
Feb. 3, 2006
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Chapter 1, Part 4: New Forms For Old Feelings: The First Decade
Feb. 17, 2006
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Chapter 2: Spiritualism And Nihilism: The Second Decade
Mar. 6, 2006
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Chapter 2, part 2: spiritualism and nihilism: the second decade.
Mar. 17, 2006
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Chapter 2, Part 3: Marcel Duchampís invention of the readymade.
Mar. 24, 2006
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Chapter 2, Part 4: Picabia, collage, Futurism, Orphism, Malevich and more.
Apr. 14, 2006
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Chapter 3, Part 1: automatism in Ernst, Breton and Surrealism.
Apr. 25, 2006
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Chapter 3, Part 2: from the Exquisite Corpse to Giacometti.
May 5, 2006
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Chapter 3, Part 3: from the peintres maudits and the Vienna Secession to the Bauhaus.
May 23, 2006
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Chapter 4, Part 1: Classicism and conflict in Klee, Pollock and Picasso.
June 1, 2006
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Chapter 4, Parts 2 & 3: Max Beckmann, Hannah Höch, John Heartfield and fantastic realism.
June 16, 2006
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Chapter 4, Part 4: Picasso, Braque, Léger, Matisse, de Chirico, Stanley Spencer and more.
June 27, 2006
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Chapter 5: From Abstract Expressionism to Expressionistic Symbolism, via Pollock, Gorky, de Kooning
July 7, 2006
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Chapter 6: The dialectic of myth and abstraction in Abstract Expressionism, Pop and Art Informel.
July 14, 2006
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Chapter 7, Parts 1, 2 & 3: Minimal and Pop art and the atrophy of the avant-garde.
July 21, 2006
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Chapter 7, Parts 4 & 5: The tragic beauty of Robert Smithson, Joseph Beuys and Eva Hesse.
July 28, 2006
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Chapter 8: Postmodernity from Polke and Judy Chicago to German Neo-Expressionism.
Aug. 9, 2006
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Chapter 9: The search for authenticity and the rebellion against Conceptual pseudo-art.
Aug. 21, 2006
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Chapter 10, Part 1: The decadence of advanced art and the return of tradition and beauty.
Aug. 25, 2006
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Chapter 10, Part 2: The Decadence of Advanced Art and the Return of Tradition and Beauty: The New as Tower of Conceptual Babel: The Tenth Decade.