The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths


Krauss, Rosalind E.

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Krauss, Rosalind E. The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Mit Press, 1988. Fifth Printing. ISBN: 9780262610469. pp. 307. Square 4to. Illustrated card covers. Replete with many black-and-white photographs, illustrations, facsimiles, et al. Lightest rubbing to the front cover, contents remain bright, clean, and unmarked. Overall, near fine. Near Fine. Softcover. ”Co-founder and co-editor of October magazine, a veteran of Artforum of the 1960s andearly 1970s, Rosalind Krauss has presided over and shared in the major formulation of the theory ofpostmodernism.In this challenging collection of fifteen essays, most of which originally appeared inOctober, she explores the ways in which the break in style that produced postmodernism has forced achange in our various understandings of twentieth-century art, beginning with the almost mythic ideaof the avant-garde. Krauss uses the analytical tools of semiology, structuralism, andpoststructuralism to reveal new meanings in the visual arts and to critique the way other prominentpractitioners of art and literary history write about art. In two sections, “Modernist Myths” and”Toward Postmodernism,” her essays range from the problem of the grid in painting and the unity ofGiacometti’s sculpture to the works of Jackson Pollock, Sol Lewitt, and Richard Serra, andobservations about major trends in contemporary literary criticism.Rosalind E. Krauss is Professorof Art History at Hunter College.” (#2107) $25.00