Wednesday, November 10, 2010
I just finished reading Rosenberg's art criticism book, 'The Anxious Object.' I knew the book would be about how great those Ab Ex artists were, and how Pop art was bad. He saw Pop art as bad, and I think he might have suspected that Pop art might be signifying an end or a new way of thinking that contradicted his own. Modernism was ending and all that baggage that went with it. Modernism had this grand idea of progress in art. However, this lens excludes many artists and art work made during the Modern period 1880's to the 1950's. I think Pop was such a radical break with Modernism that a critic like Rosenberg couldn't help but be a man of his time and reject it. What was interesting, however, was the chapter on globalization of art. In predicting trends, Rosenberg was really hitting the mark with this chapter. He suggests that their could not be a 'Paris' and longer for most artist to flock to, but artists will be attracted to many cities across the globe and no one city will dominate the artist's attention. I felt some of the writing lamenting about the 'good old days' a bit when he suggested that the books that publish reproduction of art and the increase of the museum goers was some how diluting the art scene in some way. The book is a nice snap shot of the period in art and worth the read.