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"... At this same party [a] friend introduced the then comparatively young art critic Clement Greenberg... Marianne seemed to be familiar with his writing and said, on shaking hands, "Oh, the fearless Mr. Greenberg." -- Elizabeth Bishop in Efforts of Affection: A Memoir of Marianne Moore
Clement Greenberg was the greatest art critic of the second half of the 20th century--possibly the greatest art critic of all time. This, of course, is arguable and will remain so, as some of the comments may suggest..
This site may not convert Greenberg's detractors, though it may controvert their claims; it presents the opinions of friends, admirers, and sometime critics as well as selections from Greenberg's own writing. Material will be added as it becomes available.
My thanks for support from Greenberg's many friends and especially from his widow, the late Janice Van Horne.
Thanks, in advance, to readers, students, and art lovers. — Terry Fenton
(c) Copyright of Clement
Greenberg's writing is property of the Clement Greenberg estate and
may not be reproduced without permission.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Greenberg on Greenberg a brief autobiography from 1955
On Modernism and the Avant Garde
Avant Garde and Kitsch (1939)
Modernist Painting (1960)
Garde Attitudes (1968)
Modern and Postmodern (1979)
Cross-Breeding of Sculpture 1952. A masterly historical overview
Collage, (1959) the pre-eminent essay on Cubism, the seeds of abstraction, and assemblage. Required reading.
Hofmann (1961) a seminal essay on Hans Hofmann, the great and still underappreciated master
of Matisse (1973) Catalogue text from
an exhibition at Acquavella Galleries, New York
Detached Observations (1972) on the history of art
Interview (1978) Robert McLaughlin Gallery, re: 1957 Toronto visit and studio practice.
Autonomies of Art (1980) Life and art, morality and art, the place of art -- includes link to RealAudio
Art Criticism (1981) On the State of Criticism, from Partisan Review
Taste (1983) Text (plus Real Audio) of a talk at Western Michigan University
Interview (1991) From The Edmonton Review, 1996
by Clement Greenberg. the book -- out of print for 50 years!
ABOUT (AND RELATED TO) GREENBERG
The Man Who Loved Pictures, 1994 a memorial tribute by Terry Fenton
Greenberg the Critic, 2001. An overview by Terry Fenton
The Unconditional Aesthete, by Darby Bannard,1987, a discussion of Greenberg's contribution
In The Studio by Sir Anthony Caro, Nov. 2000. Includes link to new Caro web site.
Soulmates in Art by Peter Harris, Oct 2001. Greenberg and an Australian painter.
The Veteran Critic by Neil Marshall, Nov. 2000. Judgment; manners, good & ill.
Clement Greenberg by Kenworth Moffett, 2014. Critical assessment by former friend and colleague.
Clement Greenberg, a Memoir by Tim Hilton, from the New Criterion archive, Sept. 2000
by John Link. Is decadence upon us?
The Slippery Slope of Hope -- please send us yours...
GREENBERG, KANT AND CONTEMPORARY AESTHETICS
The Greenberg I Knew, 2007. Keynote address to the Kant/Greenberg seminar by Terry Fenton
Books by and about Greenberg
Review by Helen Frankenthaler of The Harold Letters from Partisan Review
... a tone of flattery incurs the stigma of servility and earns the contempt of readers, but they open their ears to malicious criticism, since malice makes a show of independence. -- Tacitus
Journalism 101... 1998 a review by Piri Halasz of Florence Rubenfeld's Clement Greenberg Greenberg, A Life
Greenberg in the 40s; his Critics in the 80s by Piri Halasz. A detailed examination.
A Critic and His Critics: the Reception of Clement Greenberg: A Life by Karen Wilkin
Rubenfeld Aftermath by Terry Fenton
Against Clembashing by Peter Harris -- the phenomenon isn't confined to North America.
Against Clembashing Beyond Revisionism: Reconsidering Clement Greenberg's Cold War Politics by Sheila Christophedes
CLEMENT GREENBERG: A CRITIC'S COLLECTION
Art Museum acquired Greenberg's art collection, which consists
primarily of gifts from artists, and organized a traveling exhibition
drawn from it. The museum's "past exhibition" site contains
a provocative selection of works from the collection. It's well done
although incomplete and not always well selected. A
Catalogue available in book format, text by Karen Wilkin.
Please feel free to contact us. Comments, anecdotes, articles, and queries are welcome.
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