Story posted May 03, 2012
Donald Kuspit, considered one of America's most important art critics, will speak at Bowdoin at 4 p.m. Monday, May 7, 2012, in Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center.
Kuspit's lecture, titled "Critical Consciousness of the Arts," is open to the public free of charge.
As Kuspit describes, since the 19th century serious critical understanding of the arts has been either "mathematical" or "poetic," to use Baudelaire's distinction, if sometimes conflating them. The distinction follows from the difference between what he called positivist and imaginative art, which in the 20th century became Kandinsky's distinction between realist and abstract art.
In his talk, Kuspit will show how this distinction survives in later 20th century thinking about art, particularly in the criticism of Clement Greenberg and Paul Valery.
Donald Kuspit is a Distinguished Professor of Art History and Philosophy at the State University of New York–Stony Brook. He has received fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation, among others.
He is a contributing editor to Artforum, Sculpture, the New Art Examiner, and Tema Celeste magazines as well as editor of Art Criticism.
He is author and editor of hundreds of articles and books including The End of Art, published in 2004.
The lecture is sponsored by the Visual Arts Division of the Department of Art.