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Aesthetic Theory, Abstract Art, and Lawrence Carroll.

Aesthetic Theory, Abstract Art, and Lawrence Carroll

David Carrier

Bloomsbury Press

175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315, New York, NY 10010

9781350009561, $114.00, HC, 224pp,

Boldly developing the central traditions of American modernist abstraction, Lawrence Carroll's paintings engage with a fundamental issue of aesthetic theory, the nature of the medium of painting, in highly original, frequently extraordinarily successful ways.

"Aesthetic Theory, Abstract Art, and Lawrence Carroll" by David Carrier (who is a former Getty Scholar, Clark Fellow, and Senior Fellow at the National Humanities Center, and has been a lecturer in Beijing and at Princeton University) explains how Carroll's understands the medium of painting; shows what his art says about the identity of painting as an art; discusses the place of his paintings in the development of abstraction; and, finally, offers an interpretation of his art.

The first monograph devoted to Lawrence Carroll, this philosophical commentary by Carrier employs the resources of analytic aesthetics.

Art historians trace the development of art, explaining how what came earlier yields to what comes later. Taking for granted that the artifacts they describe are artworks, art historians place them within the history of art.

Philosophical art writers define art, explain why it has a history and identify its meaning. Pursuing that goal, "Aesthetic Theory, Abstract Art, and Lawrence Carroll" roams freely across art history, focused at some points on the story of old master painting and sometimes on the history of modernism, but looking also to contemporary art, in order to provide the fullest possible philosophical perspective on Carroll's work.

Critique: A seminal work of simply outstanding scholarship, "Aesthetic Theory, Abstract Art, and Lawrence Carroll" is enhanced for academia with the inclusion of figures, plates, selected solo and group exhibitions, selected public and private collections, an eleven page listing of references, and a three page index. While very highly recommended for community, college, and university library Art History collections in general, and Lawrence Carroll supplemental studies lists in particular, it should be noted for students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Aesthetic Theory, Abstract Art, and Lawrence Carroll" is also available in a digital book format (eTextbook, $102.60).

Able Greenspan


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Date:Nov 1, 2018
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