Avant-garde Attitudes: New Art in Australia



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Bridgeman, R. "Avant-garde Attitudes: New Art in Australia." Australian Cultural History .25 (2006): 291-313.


Clement Greenberg was the most influential US art critic during the 19S0s and into the 1960s. His aesthetic, grounded in Kemtian theories of form and disinterested appreciation, informed the emergence of colour field painting in 1960s New York, and what has since been seen as a turn towards an international formalist art at this time.The reaction against his views, as well as the incorporation of some of his thinking in this reaction, framed the art of an anti-Greenbergian avant-garde in the late 1960s. He may not have liked this development, but it owed more to his aesthetic than either he or his critics would admit.

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