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  1. Other Criteria: Confrontations with Twentieth-Century Art
    Other Criteria: Confrontations with Twentieth-Century Art
    Other Criteria: Confrontations with Twentieth-Century Art
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  2. Other Criteria: Confrontations with Twentieth-Century Art

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Leo Steinberg’s classic Other Criteria comprises eighteen essays on topics ranging from “Contemporary Art and the Plight of Its Public” and the “flatbed picture plane” to reflections on Picasso, Rauschenberg, Rodin, de Kooning, Pollock, Guston, and Jasper Johns. The latter, which Francine du Plessix Gray called “a tour de force of critical method,” is widely regarded as the most eye-opening analysis of the Johns’s work ever written. This edition includes a new preface and a handful of additional illustrations.

“The art book of the year, if not of the decade and possibly of the century. . . .The significance of this volume lies not so much in the quality of its insights—although the quality is very high and the insights are important—as in the richness, precision, and elegance of its style. . . . A meeting with the mind of Leo Steinberg is one of the most enlightening experiences that contemporary criticism affords.”

—Alfred Frankenstein, Art News

“Not only one of the most lucid and independent minds among art critics, but a profound one.”—Robert Motherwell

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Leo Steinberg
University Of Chicago Press
University Of Chicago Press
University Of Chicago Press
University Of Chicago Press
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I am still reading and re-reading this wonderful compendium of best short (and not so short) Leo Steinberg's art-historical output. The man, without a question, is genius. If you have interest in art - this is must read for you. The text is not simple but neither it is overly scholarly, in short, it is inspiring. This volume is worthwhile if only for the "Jasper Johns: the First Seven Years of His Art" - which is breathtaking analysis of a contemporary artist. It was quite revelatory for me. Other 400 pages of material is also quite interesting and useful.

Leo Steinberg's command of English language is astounding, not to mention that he's fluent in all major European languages as well. His precision and evocative power is enviable and literary and poetic expression merits attention on its own. His delicacy, taste, accuracy, tolerance makes him an ideal teacher and someone you wish to consult on difficult matters.

I already read several of his books and... Read more
I came across Steinberg as a reading assignment in an art history course in college, and I was entirely blown away by his essay. He is not only scarily brilliant thinker, but he also writes creatively, beautifully and personally. This is very precious, considering the academic world can make a person's language very dense and stuffy, which I find repugnant at times.
Other Criteria could easily be one of Steinberg's best books. It is indeed, as everyone says, a must-read. And the more I read it, the more I am convinced how courageous Steinberg is. Being an art history major myself, I was told a million times to eliminate the personal voice out of my paper, because it does not sound too "scholarly" and risk being "subjective." However, this kind of objectifying has gone to such a perverse degree that many scholars lose touch with what art is about. Art is, after all, deeply personal. Steinberg embraces just that, while miraculously maintains cool scholarly... Read more
Stein was one of the few great historians passionate about making the deeper meaning of art understandable, while at the same time putting forth theories that questioned as well as consolidated aesthetic ideas. His was one of the first books that opened my mind as an young artist and I just wanted to make sure I still had a copy in my library to share with my students.
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