Title :

Modernism, Enlightenment values, and Clement Greenberg

Author :
JACHEC, Nancy ;
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Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Essay reconsiders the alleged apoliticism of the 'modernist paradigm' exemplified by Clement Greenberg's essay 'Modernist painting' (1960-65), arguing that in fact it is both an embodiment and justification of postwar liberal ideology. Treating Greenberg as a political commentator out of whose views on politics his views on art developed, his intellectual activities are followed from his early days in the late 1930s as a critic with the Trotskyist Partisan review through his editorship of the staunchly liberal leftist Commentary by the mid 1940s, to his collaboration with the 2Voice of America in the early 1960s. Tracing this ideological trajectory alongside that of his colleague, the postwar liberal ideologist Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., it is argued that Greenberg's definition of modernist art practice by the time 'Modernist painting' was written was an endorsement of contemporary liberal democracy as developed by Schlesinger and taken up by himself. It is argued that 'Modernist painting's' assertions that art practice be of piecemeal experimentation and exclusive to its given media, yet guided by individual, subjective inspiration, were the application of Schlesinger's expectations of liberal ideology in the postwar period. ;
Topic :
French keywords :
Critiques d'art ; Ecrits ; Etats-Unis ; Greenberg, Clement, 1909-1994 ; Idéologie ; Libéralisme ; Modernisme ; Peinture ; 1800-2000 ; 1900-2000 ;
Descriptors :
Art critics ; Greenberg, Clement, 1909-1994 ; Ideology ; Liberalism ; Modernism ; Painting ; United States ; Writings ; 1800-2000 ; 1900-2000 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Oxford art journal, 1998, 21, 2
INIST identifier :
24997053 ;
ISSN 0142-6540 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Setsquare, Oxford
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