Esthetics Contemporary

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ESTHETICS
CONTEMPORARY

REVISED EDITION

EDITED B Y

RICHARD KOSTELANETZ

PROMETHEUS BOOKS
Buffalo, New York

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Esthetics Contemporary *
  • Epigraphs 5
  • Contents 7
  • Preface to the Original Edition 13
  • Preface to the Revised Edition 15
  • Introduction - Contemporary American Esthetics 17
  • Part One *
  • The Aesthetics of the Avant-Garde *
  • The Function of Art 65
  • Space-Time Problems 69
  • The Relation of Environment to Anti-Environment 75
  • Apropos of "Readymades" 83
  • Art and Disorder 85
  • Chance-Imagery 103
  • Apocalypse - The Place of Mystery in the Life of the Mind 114
  • On Form 119
  • Style and the Representation of Historical Time 125
  • Art and Authenticity 132
  • Systems Esthetics 144
  • Programmed Esthetics 154
  • Art as Internal Technology - The Return of the Shaman—the Descent of the Goddess 157
  • Response to a Questionnaire from the Center for Socio-Experimental Art 168
  • Intermedia 173
  • Criticism and Its Premises 177
  • The Delta of Modernism 182
  • Part Two 188
  • Necessity of "Formalism" *
  • Modernist Painting 195
  • My Painting 202
  • "Art-As-Art" 203
  • The General Public is Just as Disinterested in Advanced Art as Ever 207
  • Realism Now 209
  • 10 Structurists in 20 Paragraphs 216
  • The Eye and the Spectator 224
  • The Expanding and Disappearing Work of Art 236
  • Meaningless Work 240
  • A Sedimentation of the Mind 242
  • Notes Toward Conditional Art 253
  • Phenomenal Art: - Form, Idea and Technique 258
  • De-Architecturization 266
  • The Composer as Specialist 278
  • Postmodern and Late Modern: the Essential Definitions 285
  • Cagean Esthetics 290
  • Music as a Gradual Process 302
  • Glass and Snow 305
  • The Impermanent Art 310
  • A Quasi-Survey of Some "Minimalist" Tendencies in the Quantitatively Minimal Dance Activity Midst the Plethora 315
  • What is a Dancer? 319
  • Words Per Page 320
  • Photography and Aesthetics 331
  • The Image in Question Further Notes on the Directorial Mode 339
  • "When the Mode of the Music Changes the Walls of the City Shake" 345
  • An Abc of Contemporary Reading 350
  • Pre-Face 383
  • The New Art of Making Books 386
  • Video Art - Theory for a Future 398
  • New Radio Drama as Acoustical Art 405
  • Holography as Art 415
  • The Education of the Un-Artist, III 417
  • Concept Art 429
  • Paragraphs on Conceptual Art 432
  • A Something Else Manifesto 436
  • Notes 436
  • Bibliography 451
  • Contributors 465
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