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McEvilley, Thomas 1939-2013

Works: 253 works in 614 publications in 4 languages and 11,751 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Catalogs  Biography  Interviews  Pictorial works  Artists' books  Drawings  Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc 
Roles: Author, zxx, Author of introduction, Contributor, Creator, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Interviewee, Editor, Artist, Translator, Other
Classifications: N6490, 709.2
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Art on the edge and over : searching for art's meaning in contemporary society, 1970s-1990s by Linda Weintraub( Book )

14 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in English and held by 847 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This one-of-a-kind resource is composed of 35 easy-to-read, chapter-long essays that each cover a particular deviation from conventional art practices (such as smell as an aesthetic ingredient, shopping as a creative process or blood, pollen, discarded dolls and toxic earth as a medium of expression.) Within each chapter, the theme discussed is illuminated by and elucidates the work of one particular artist (such as Laurie Simmons, Wolfgang Laib, On Kawara, Marina Abramovic, Gilbert and George, David Hammons, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, David Salle, Janine Antoni, Rosemarie Trockel, Andres Serrano, Carolee Schneemann, Barbara Kruger, Vito Acconci, and Mike Kelley). An easy-to-follow guide to the unconventional art of our contemporaries, Art on the Edge and Over is a vital resource for all those interested in art history, studio art, aesthetics, and contemporary society
The shape of ancient thought : comparative studies in Greek and Indian philosophies by Thomas McEvilley( Book )

22 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in English and held by 623 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

ʺThis book-an epic review of the cross-currents of ancient thought-is one of the great works of scholarship of our time. McEvilley has brought together complex and diverse data to weave a tightly organized, panoramic account. This is a much needed survey -- and one that is both timely and important. Acknowledgement of the critical influences of Indian thought on Greek philosophy (and vice versa) undoubtedly will incite controversy lasting for decades. Herein perhaps is the bookʼs greatest appeal, for a frank appraisal of these data, devoid of xenophobic proclivities, is long overdue. This work will be useful to people in many fields of study. I should think that it will become indispensable for any and all specialists on antiquity.ʺ Katherine Harper
Sculpture in the age of doubt by Thomas McEvilley( Book )

12 editions published between 1999 and 2004 in English and held by 568 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Framed in a lucid discussion of the intellectual issues surrounding the postmodern movement, the essays in this book re-examine the course of twentieth-century art through the work of twenty-five major sculptors. McEvilley masterfully traces the evolution of modern sculpture from the readymades of Marcel Duchamp to the anti-painting statements of the 1960s to the spiritualism and conceptualism of the 1980s and 1990s."--Publisher's description
Meret Oppenheim : beyond the teacup by Meret Oppenheim( Book )

6 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 556 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book presents German Surrealist artist Meret Oppenheim's early fashion designs and drawings, many of which were previously unpublished
Dennis Oppenheim : selected works, 1967-90 : and the mind grew fingers by Dennis Oppenheim( Book )

21 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and German and held by 553 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Om den amerikanske kunstner, Dennis Oppenheim, født 1938
Pat Steir by Thomas McEvilley( Book )

8 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Among the most highly regarded of contemporary painters, Pat Steir has in recent years reached a new level of achievement. In the present volume, which reproduces in color seventy-seven of her most important paintings, Thomas McEvilley surveys the whole of her career as an artist, giving special emphasis to her remarkable recent work. Steir has long been admired for pictures that quote the history of painting. Outstanding among these "quotational" pictures is the virtuoso Brueghel Series of 1982-84, a group of sixty-four panels each executed in the style of a different artist or period. That group, reproduced here, formed the climax of an earlier book on Steir published 1986. Since then, her work has moved into a more fluid abstraction with The Moon and the Wave of 1986-87. Again she has drawn freely on the history of art - both Western (Courbet's The Wave) and Eastern (Hokusai's The Great Wave) - now with a new sovereignty, mastering the difficult format of the tondo
Lucas Samaras--objects and subjects, 1969-1986 by Lucas Samaras( Book )

10 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 521 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Art & otherness : crisis in cultural identity by Thomas McEvilley( Book )

21 editions published between 1992 and 1999 in 4 languages and held by 502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Directly following the internationally acclaimed Art & Discontent, Thomas McEvilley argues in Art & Otherness for an advanced anthropological perspective that contravenes conventional thinking in the visual arts, and leads to a concept of artistic globalization. The description of Western culture as superior and in opposition to other cultures of the world preoccupied our aesthetic philosophy for at least 200 years, whether or not explicitly stated. That argument was undertaken in various guises, especially as the historical determinism of Hegel which proposed to quantify human "progress." Recently, however, the term "multiculturalism" has come to signify a post-Modern understanding of how visual arts transgress artificial boundaries, and of how there may now exist, perhaps for the first time in history, a post-colonial globalism in the arts freed of ethnocentric value judgements. In these ten crucial essays, McEvilley clarifies how the presentation of art can determine its reception, how "influence" can be bi-directional, how "otherness" serves to define "self," and how art need not necessarily lose its meaningfulness when stripped of badges of universality. Once again illustrating his argument by drawing upon an array of sources and cultures, Thomas McEvilley demonstrates that the post-Modern crisis in cultural identity demands an imaginative, integrating response
Thornton Dial : image of the tiger by Thornton Dial( Book )

3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The exile's return : toward a redefinition of painting for the post-modern era by Thomas McEvilley( Book )

13 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume gathers together essays by the noted critic Thomas McEvilley which document and analyze the fundamental changes that have taken place in painting from the 1960s to the present. Sometime during the 1960s, the ideology of Modernism began to be perceived as a collapsing structure. In terms of the visual arts, this perception focused primarily upon the tradition of easel painting which was declared to be dead. After two decades, painting revived around 1980. Its return from exile, however, signaled new aims. Incorporating elements of conceptualism and performance, painting has assumed a new theoretical basis in postmodern cultural theory. Demonstrating the failure of artistic modernism in social and cultural terms, McEvilley elucidates the new theoretical context in which easel painting is practiced today. He shows painting to be a more versatile and flexible medium than was previously thought, as well as a means of expression that can incorporate a variety of social and theoretical stances without compromising its focus on pictorial reality."--Publisher's website
Art & discontent : theory at the millennium by Thomas McEvilley( Book )

13 editions published between 1991 and 1998 in 4 languages and held by 410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Qu'il s'agisse des problèmes posés par le contenu des oeuvres, la liquidation du dogme formaliste ou la nécessaire vigilance face aux pressions du marché, McEvilley s'attache avant tout à stigmatiser les lieux communs, souligner les contradictions et réfuter un certain discours dogmatique (en particulier la doctrine formaliste)
Fusion : West African artists at the Venice Biennale by Thomas McEvilley( Book )

10 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Om den vestafrikanske kunstner Mor Faye og fire interviews med de vestafrikanske kunstnere Moustapha Dimé, Tamesir Dia, Ouattara og Gerard Santoni
The triumph of anti-art : conceptual and performance art in the formation of post-modernism by Thomas McEvilley( Book )

12 editions published between 2003 and 2012 in English and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From about 1965 to 1980, Conceptual Art and Performance Art took center stage throughout the western world, introducing new and complex ideas to the practice of contemporary art, ideas which reverberate globally to this day. The triumph of anti-art now only locates the origins and development of these controversial and compelling art forms, but also uncovers many relatively unrecognized yet indisputably important artists, both American and European."--Book cover
Capacity : history, the world, and the self in contemporary art and criticism by Thomas McEvilley( Book )

13 editions published between 1996 and 2016 in English and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James Croak by Thomas McEvilley( Book )

6 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marina Abramović : objects, performance, video, sound by Marina Abramović( Book )

6 editions published in 1995 in English and German and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

100 artists see God by John Baldessari( Book )

6 editions published in 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bernar Venet by Thierry Lenain( Book )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and French and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Bernar Venet is one of the best-known and most frequently exhibited French artists in the international public arena. Since his provocative beginnings in the 1960s, with his radical Performance dans le detritus ("Performance in Garbage") and Tas de charbon ["Pile of Coal") he has built up a many-faceted oeuvre. His prolific output encompasses monumental sculptures, performances, paintings, installations, and drawings, all underpinned by a rigor and internal coherence that have made him a major figure in conceptual art and contemporary sculpture." "This monograph offers a dual approach: a visual exploration designed by the artist and accompanied by his writings, together with a retrospective study by Thierry Lenain, professor at the Universite Libre in Brussels. Lenain's authoritative text examines the unusual career of Bernar Venet and analyzes the uniqueness and complexity of his output. It is introduced with a foreword by Thomas McEvilley, professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and a specialist on the artist and his work."--Jacket
Conversations with Kostabi by Mark Kostabi( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mark Kostabi is one of the world's most controversial artists, making no secret of the fact that he neither paints most of the works that bear his name nor conceives all of them. Generally, his paintings are designed by hired idea people, executed by painting assistants, titled by poets, approved by committees - and finally signed by Kostabi. Conversations with Kostabi, his seventh book, is a self-interview, which once and for all explores Kostabi's controversial "bad
Martinez Celaya : early work by Enrique Martínez Celaya( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Enrique Martinez Celaya's aesthetic project revives and reinterprets the classic Western metaphysical tradition relating aesthetics to ethics, the Beautiful to the Good and the True. His work embodies his belief that being a certain kind of artist means being a certain kind of person and that in and through art he gains clarity about himself and his relationship to the world. His project is thus profoundly ethical and, in important ways, spiritual. Through art Martinez Celaya reconciles himself to the world as he reconciles his past with his present and projects his future. This volume also participates in the process of reconciliation and projection by interpreting his work through the series, cycles, and projects, which include painting, sculpture, photographs, poetry, and prose that have defined it since the mid-1990s. Curator of the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Daniel A. Siedell, has worked with Martinez Celaya on several projects and offers a radical commentary on his work, arguing that Martinez Celaya's ambitious aesthetic project is best understood as an embodiment of a religious Weltanschauung and as a search for that most elusive of religious virtues: hope. The complex cohesion of Martinez Celaya's work is further explored by other writers, who by placing it in different contexts reveal their own distinctive engagement with it. Art critic Thomas McEvilley, a philologist who writes about art, philosophy, and religion, explores how Martinez Celaya has combined Germanic feeling with a surrealist plastic vocabulary to "present a world." Literary critic and Paul Celan scholar John Felstiner traces the contours of an aesthetic lineage that includes Goya, Eliot, Celan, and Beethoven. Former Washington Post journalist and Hollywood producer and writer Christian Williams adopts the conventional artist's chronology to craft a powerful account of Martinez Celaya's life, which has become intimately entwined with his own."--Publisher's website
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Art on the edge and over : searching for art's meaning in contemporary society, 1970s-1990s
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Thomas McEvilley American writer and scholar

Thomas McEvilley Amerikaans kunstcriticus (1939-2013)

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The shape of ancient thought : comparative studies in Greek and Indian philosophiesSculpture in the age of doubtMeret Oppenheim : beyond the teacupPat SteirArt & otherness : crisis in cultural identityThornton Dial : image of the tigerArt & discontent : theory at the millenniumFusion : West African artists at the Venice Biennale