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McEvilley, Thomas 1939-2013

Works: 305 works in 726 publications in 5 languages and 12,458 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Catalogs  Interviews  Artists' books  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author, zxx, Author of introduction, Other, Creator, Contributor, Interviewee, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Artist, wst, Translator, Editor
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 )

20 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in English and held by 858 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Recognizing that art at the end of the twentieth century changes too quickly and is too multifaceted and unfamiliar to be automatically understood, Art on the Edge and Over: Searching for Art's Meaning in Contemporary Society explains the intractably avant-garde art of the 1970s, 80s and 90s by searching for art's meaning within the context of popular culture and the common trends that have led to such new forms of expression. 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."--Back cover
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 729 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

ʺThis is a wonderful book. The author has assembled material from the ancient Greek world and the world of ancient India and systematically demonstrated the interchange of ideas and mutual influence. McEvilleyʼs book should be read by all scholars of early Greek philosophy, Hindu thought, and Buddhism. McEvilley demonstrates that any serious study of ancient philosophy by necessity must include cross-cultural fluency and analysis.ʺ Christopher Chapple
Dennis Oppenheim : selected works, 1967-90 : and the mind grew fingers by Dennis Oppenheim( Book )

22 editions published in 1992 in 3 languages and held by 574 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Om den amerikanske kunstner, Dennis Oppenheim, født 1938
Sculpture in the age of doubt by Thomas McEvilley( Book )

15 editions published between 1999 and 2004 in English and Spanish and held by 570 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 )

8 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lucas Samaras--objects and subjects, 1969-1986 by Lucas Samaras( Book )

12 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pat Steir by Thomas McEvilley( Book )

9 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 523 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."--Publisher's description
Art & otherness : crisis in cultural identity by Thomas McEvilley( Book )

26 editions published between 1992 and 1999 in 4 languages and held by 520 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
Art & discontent : theory at the millennium by Thomas McEvilley( Book )

21 editions published between 1991 and 1998 in 4 languages and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In these six essays, Thomas McEvilley tackles the aesthetics of formalism and proceeds to shed new light on the roots of Modernism and the collapse of the idea of history. The world-renowned critic confronts the ideas and philosophies which for two centuries have exalted art above constructive involvement in the world, and proposes a new vision for the critical enterprise. By explaining why our Modernism was not unique and why it is being superseded, McEvilley suggests functions that art performs in a post-Modern culture and offers compelling reasons why the history of art needs to be rewritten from an altered perspective. McEvilley argues, for example, against the dominant theoretical position which removed art from contextual examination by declaring its "sublime" nature somehow elevated above ordinary life, and he goes on to effectively destroy the notion that Modernism in the larger sense is an example of the superiority of technological society. More than anything else, however, he breathes real life into the intellectual understanding of contemporary art in a way that no critic has since perhaps Herbert Read. McEvilley humanizes the undertaking; in addition his wit is evident throughout. Chapters include "Heads It's Form, Tails It's Not Content," "On the Manner of Addressing Clouds," and "The Opposite of Emptiness."
Thornton Dial : image of the tiger by Thornton Dial( Book )

3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This monograph, published in conjunction with an exhibition at several museums, is devoted to the assemblages of Dial, an African American ironworker from Alabama who until recently produced his powerful abstractions in obscurity. The color reproductions of Dial's vibrant constructions are superb, but the accompanying essays obscure rather than illuminate the art. Art critic McEvilley uses the jargon of contemporary art criticism to discuss the self-taught artist's place in the art world. Baraka's convoluted diatribe rants about the fate of black artists in a white supremacist society. Extended captions by collectors Paul and William Arnett are based on Dial's own statements and help to explain his imagery, especialy his use of the tiger as a symbol of the black person's struggle in an alien environment. Dial's exuberant works, created from paint and found materials, and their direct titles ("Struggling Tiger in Hard Times,'' "Struggling Tiger Know sic His Way Out'') speak eloquently for themselves. -- Publisher's Weekly review
The exile's return : toward a redefinition of painting for the post-modern era by Thomas McEvilley( Book )

17 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 444 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
Fusion : West African artists at the Venice Biennale by Thomas McEvilley( Book )

13 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 376 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
Capacity : history, the world, and the self in contemporary art and criticism by Thomas McEvilley( Book )

18 editions published between 1996 and 2016 in English and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The triumph of anti-art : conceptual and performance art in the formation of post-modernism by Thomas McEvilley( Book )

15 editions published between 2003 and 2012 in English and held by 298 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
Marina Abramović : objects, performance, video, sound by Marina Abramović( Book )

7 editions published in 1995 in English and German and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Marina Abramovic (born 1946) is one of the foremost contemporary performance artists. She has used her body and personal history both as a social metaphor and as a material for her work. This publication examines the whole range of her large production to date and establishes the common ground between her installations, videos, performances and objects. A series of articles written by leading art critics and specialists discuss the earliest paintings, sound installations and performances made in Yugoslavia during the 1960s and early 1970s; the years of collaborative performances with Ulay (1976-88); the videos, made both collaboratively and singly throughout her career; the so-called transitional objects which demand the participation of the viewer in order for them to be activated (1988- ); the new, baroque and violently "theatrical" meta-performances Biography (1992) and Delusional (1994) and, most recently, the power objects, which indicate a new departure."--Jacket
James Croak by Thomas McEvilley( Book )

4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

100 artists see God by John Baldessari( Book )

10 editions published in 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bernar Venet by Thierry Lenain( Book )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and French and held by 212 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
Martinez Celaya : early work by Enrique Martínez Celaya( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 190 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
Conversations with Kostabi by Mark Kostabi( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 190 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
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Art on the edge and over : searching for art's meaning in contemporary society, 1970s-1990s
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 identityArt & discontent : theory at the millenniumThornton Dial : image of the tigerFusion : West African artists at the Venice Biennale
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Thomas McEvilley American writer and scholar

Thomas McEvilley Amerikaans kunstcriticus (1939-2013)

Макэвелли, Томас

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