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Fried, Michael

Works: 169 works in 592 publications in 5 languages and 15,589 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Exhibition catalogs  History  Interviews  Musical settings  Educational films  Internet videos  Pictorial works  Biography 
Roles: Author, Librettist, Contributor, Editor, Other, Singer, Author of introduction, Thesis advisor, Collector, Composer, Lyricist
Classifications: TR642, 759.4
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Most widely held works by Michael Fried
Why photography matters as art as never before by Michael Fried( Book )

26 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the late 1970s onward, serious art photography began to be made at large scale and for the wall. Michael Fried argues that this immediately compelled photographers to grapple with issues centering on the relationship between the photograph and the viewer standing before it that until then had been the province only of painting. Fried further demonstrates that certain philosophically deep problems, associated with notions of theatricality, literalness, and objecthood, and touching on the role of original intention in artistic production, first discussed in his controversial essay "Art and Objecthood" (1967), have come to the fore once again in recent photography. This means that the photographic "ghetto" no longer exists - instead photography is at the cutting edge of contemporary art as never before. Among the photographers and video-makers whose work receives serious attention in this powerfully argued book are Jeff Wall, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Cindy Sherman, Thomas Struth, Thomas Ruff, Andreas Gursky, Luc Delahaye, Rineke Dijkstra, Patrick Faigenbaum, Roland Fischer, Thomas Demand, Candida Hofer, Beat Streuli, Philip Lorca diCorcia, Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno, James Welling, and Bernd and Hilla Becher. Future discussions of the new art photography will have no choice but to take a stand for or against Fried's conclusions
Absorption and theatricality : painting and beholder in the age of Diderot by Michael Fried( Book )

53 editions published between 1976 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,055 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"De quand date la peinture moderne? De David, de Manet, de Cézanne, dira-t-on ; les candidats à l'acte fondateur ne manquent pas. Michael Fried pose autrement le problème. Moins qu'aux grandes individualités, c'est à ce qu'elles eurent en commun que l'auteur s'intéresse : le courant nouveau de figuration qui très vite devint la tradition moderne et auquel ces peintres participèrent ou s'opposèrent. Cette tradition naît au XVIIIe siècle avec la critique d'art -- notamment Diderot -- et celle-ci formule une interrogation : quelle place le tableau doit-il réserver au spectateur? De Greuze à David, la peinture refuse la théâtralité. Michael Fried montre les deux moyens que Diderot expose pour combattre la fausseté de la représentation et la théâtralité de la figuration : une conception dramatique de la peinture, qui recourt à tous les procédés possibles pour fermer le tableau à la présence du spectateur, et une conception pastorale qui à l'inverse, absorbe quasi littéralement le spectateur dans le tableau en l'y faisant pénétrer. Ces deux conceptions se conjuguent pour nier la présence du spectateur devant le tableau et mettre cette négation au principe de la représentation."--Provided by publisher
Courbet's realism by Michael Fried( Book )

33 editions published between 1990 and 2006 in 4 languages and held by 1,047 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"'This book,' Michael Fried's work opens, 'was written not so much chapter by chapter as painting by painting over a span of roughly ten years.' Courbet's Realism is a magnificent work and its very first sentence brings us up against the qualities of mind of its author, qualities that make it as impressive as it is. It allows us to reconstruct the keen eye, the commitment to perception, the gift of rapt concentration, the conviction that great paintings are not necessarily understood easily, and the further conviction that a great painter deserves to get from us as good as he gives. By drawing on these qualities, Fried achieves something out of reach for all but a handful of his colleagues. In his writing, art history takes on some of the character of art itself. It is driven by the same stubborn resolve to open our eyes."—Richard Wollheim, San Francisco Review of Books
Manet's modernism, or, The face of painting in the 1860s by Michael Fried( Book )

29 editions published between 1987 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 928 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The result is an entirely new understanding not only of the art of Manet and his generation but also of the way in which the Impressionist simplification of Manet's achievement had determined subsequent accounts of pictorial modernism down to the present. Like Fried's previous books, Manet's Modernism is a milestone in the historiography of modern art
The moment of Caravaggio by Michael Fried( Book )

12 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 851 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is an examination of one of the most important artists in the Western tradition by one of the leading art historians and critics of the past half-century. In his first extended consideration of the Italian Baroque painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610), Michael Fried offers a transformative account of the artist's revolutionary achievement. Based on the A.W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts delivered at the National Gallery of Art, this book displays Fried's unique combination of interpretive brilliance, historical seriousness, and theoretical sophistication, providing sustained and unexpected readings of a wide range of major works. The result is an electrifying new perspective on a crucial episode in the history of European painting.--[book cover]
Art and objecthood : essays and reviews by Michael Fried( Book )

23 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 818 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Much acclaimed and highly controversial, Michael Fried's art criticism defines the contours of late modernism in the visual arts. This volume contains twenty-seven pieces, including the influential introduction to the catalog for Three American Painters, the text of his book Morris Louis, and the renowned "Art and Objecthood." Originally published between 1962 and 1977, they continue to generate debate today. These are uncompromising, exciting, and impassioned writings, aware of their transformative power during a time of intense controversy about the nature of modernism and the aims and essence of advanced painting and sculpture. Ranging from brief reviews to extended essays, and including major critiques of Jackson Pollock, Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski, Frank Stella, and Anthony Caro, these writings establish a set of basic terms for understanding key issues in high modernism: the viability of Clement Greenberg's account of the infralogic of modernism, the status of figuration after Pollock, the centrality of the problem of shape, the nature of pictorial and sculptural abstraction, and the relationship between work and beholder. In a number of essays Fried contrasts the modernist enterprise with minimalist or literalist art, and, taking a position that remains provocative to this day, he argues that minimalism is essentially a genre of theater, hence artistically self-defeating. For this volume Fried has also provided an extensive introductory essay in which he discusses how he became an art critic, clarifies his intentions in his art criticism, and draws crucial distinctions between his art criticism and the art history he went on to write. The result is a book that is simply indispensable for anyone concerned with modernist painting and sculpture and the task of art criticism in our time
Realism, writing, disfiguration : on Thomas Eakins and Stephen Crane by Michael Fried( Book )

19 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and Italian and held by 771 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Morris Louis by Morris Louis( Book )

29 editions published between 1967 and 1980 in 3 languages and held by 758 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Menzel's realism : art and embodiment in nineteenth-century Berlin by Michael Fried( Book )

11 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 626 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Adolph Menzel was one of the most important German artists of the nineteenth century, yet he is scarcely known outside his native land. In this book a leading art historian contends that Menzel deserves to be recognized not only as one of the greatest painters and draftsmen of his century but also as a master realist whose work engages profoundly with an extraordinary range of issues - artistic, scientific, philosophical, social. Michael Fried has written the first book in English to explore Menzel's large and fascinating oeuvre, and in so doing has made the artist's stupendous achievement accessible to a wide audience at last."--Jacket
Anthony Caro by Anthony Caro( Book )

15 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Four honest outlaws : Sala, Ray, Marioni, Gordon by Michael Fried( Book )

11 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this strongly argued and characteristically original book, Michael Fried considers the work of four contemporary artists--video artist and photographer Anri Sala, sculptor Charles Ray, painter Joseph Marioni, and video artist and intervener in movies Douglas Gordon. He shows how their respective projects are best understood as engaging in a variety of ways with some of the core themes and issues associated with high modernism, and indeed with its prehistory in French painting and art criticism from Diderot on. Four Honest Outlaws thus continues the author's exploration of the critical and philosophical territory opened up by his earlier book, the magisterial Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before. It presents a vision of the most important contemporary art as not only not repudiating modernism in the name of postmodernism in any of the latter's many forms and manifestations, but also actually as committed to dialectically renewing certain crucial qualities and values that modernism and premodernism brought to the fore, above all those of presentness and anti-theatricality. Four Honest Outlaws takes its title from a line in a Bob Dylan song, "To live outside the law you must be honest," meaning in this case that each of the four artists has found his own unsanctioned path to extraordinary accomplishment, in part by defying the ordinary norms and expectations of the contemporary art world. Filled with stunning images throughout and accompanied by a DVD illustrating works by Sala and Gordon discussed in its pages, Four Honest Outlaws is sure to provoke controversy even as it makes a dramatic bid to further transform the terms in which the art of the present should be understood"--Provided by publisher
Stephen Shore by Christy Lange( Book )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three American painters: Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski, Frank Stella by Michael Fried( Book )

14 editions published between 1965 and 1978 in English and held by 341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Writing back to modern art : after Greenberg, Fried and Clark by Jonathan Harris( Book )

8 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studying the art writing and critique of the three leading art writers of the latter twentieth century with focus on canonical modern artists, Harris brings the first study of its kind to assess the development of modern art writing
Flaubert's "gueuloir" : on Madame Bovary and Salambô by Michael Fried( Book )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Morris Louis, 1912-1962 by Morris Louis( Book )

7 editions published in 1967 in English and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After Caravaggio by Michael Fried( Book )

9 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Accessibly written, this handsomely illustrated book combines an account of works by Manfredi, Valentin, Tournier, Regnier, and Ribera with a detailed study of Cecco del Caravaggio's Resurrection (1619-20), and concludes by surveying a group of paintings by Guercino, a painter not counted among the Caravaggisti, but whose strategies in relation to the viewer aligned him with their interests. Fried moves with agility between broad and focused fields of vision. In his final remarks, he makes a compelling case for understanding these paintings in relation to the thought of Rene Descartes." -- Book jacket
James Welling : photographs, 1974-1999 by Sarah Rogers-Lafferty( Book )

5 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To the center of the earth by Michael Fried( Book )

5 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in English and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of poems from an English writer. In Simple Daylight, he writes: "It's true--if there were life after death / In an underworld it would be simple daylight / I would miss most, would grieve for / Inconsolably, would braid into every poem, / Every lament, such as this one / For what was lost."
The next bend in the road by Michael Fried( Book )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In America today there is no lyric work more compelling and well made than To the Center of the Earth," Allen Grossman wrote ten years ago of Michael Fried's last collection of poetry. Fried's new book, The Next Bend in the Road, is a powerfully coherent gathering of lyric and prose poems that has the internal scope of a novel with a host of characters, from the poet's wife and daughter to Franz Kafka, Paul Czanne, Osip Mandelstam, Sigmund Freud, Gisle Lestrange, and many others; transformative encounters with works of art, literature, and philosophy, including Heinrich von Kleist
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Why photography matters as art as never before
Alternative Names
Michael Fried Amerikaans kunstcriticus

Michael Fried critico d'arte e storico dell'arte statunitense

Michael Fried US-amerikanischer Kunstkritiker und Hochschullehrer

Фрид, Майкл

프리드, 마이클


English (299)

French (32)

Spanish (11)

German (4)

Italian (1)

Absorption and theatricality : painting and beholder in the age of DiderotCourbet's realismManet's modernism, or, The face of painting in the 1860sThe moment of CaravaggioArt and objecthood : essays and reviewsRealism, writing, disfiguration : on Thomas Eakins and Stephen CraneMenzel's realism : art and embodiment in nineteenth-century BerlinAnthony Caro