1st Edition

Imagining the Present Context, Content, and the Role of the Critic

Edited By Richard Kalina Copyright 2006
    328 Pages
    by Routledge

    328 Pages
    by Routledge

    Bringing together twenty-nine of Lawrence Alloway’s most influential essays in one volume, this fascinating collection provides valuable perspectives on the art and visual culture of the second half of the twentieth century.

    Lawrence Alloway ranks among the most important critics of his time, and his contributions to the spirited and contentious dialogue of his era make for fascinating reading.

    These twenty-nine provocative essays from 1956 to 1980 from the man who invented the term ‘pop art’ bring art, film, iconography, cybernetics and culture together for analysis and investigation, and do indeed examine the context, content and role of the critic in art and visual culture.

    Featuring a critical commentary by Richard Kalina, and preface by series editor Saul Ostrow, Imagining the Present will be an enthralling read for all art and visual culture students.

    Preface Saul Ostrow  Commentary Richard Kalina  1. Quick Symbols  2. Technology and Sex in Science Fiction: A Note on Cover Art  3. Design as a Human Activity  4. Personal Statement  5. The Arts and the Mass Media   6. The Long Front of Culture  7. City Notes  8. Artists as Consumers  9. Junk Culture  10. Pop Art since 1949  11. Six Painters and the Object  12. The American Sublime  13. The Critic and the Visual Arts  14. Art and the Communications Network  15. Systemic Painting  16. Art and the Expanding Audience  17. Pop Art: The Words  18. The Spectrum of Monochrome  19. Position Paper  20. Anthropology and Art Criticism  21. Systems of Cross-Reference in the Arts: On Translation  22. On Style. An Examination of Roy Lichtenstein’s Development, Despite a New Monograph on the Artist  23. Photo-Realism  24. The Function of the Art Critic  25. Artists as Writers, Part One: Inside Information  26. Realism as a Problem  27. De Kooning: Criticism and Art History  28. The Complex Present  29. Problems of Iconography and Style


    Richard Kalina is a painter, critic, and Professor of Art at Fordham University in New York. He is a Contributing Editor at Art in America. He writes on Pop Art, Minimalism and Postminimalism, Conceptual Art, Abstract Expressionism, and issues relating to contemporary abstraction