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By Ellen H. Johnson

ISBN-10: 0064301125

ISBN-13: 9780064301121

ISBN-10: 1429484969

ISBN-13: 9781429484961

From the Preface:The incontrovertible fact that a lot of recent paintings has committed itself to the exploration and statement of its personal id is mirrored in, yet doesn't clarify, the expanding quantity of writing and speaking at the a part of modern artists. relatively, the total background of the altering position of artwork and artists in a democratic, business, and technological society stands at the back of the spate of artists’ phrases and the public’s starvation for them—even many of the normal public in the market past art’s little circle. Statements by way of artists attraction a bit of the way in which drawings do: they bring about us, or not less than they carry the promise of bringing us, in the direction of the artist’s concepts and emotions and to an realizing of his or her modus operandi; they carry the keys to a mysterious realm. and occasionally they give us the sheer excitement of fine studying. Such is the first raison d’être of this book.Its different motivation is academic, and stems from the troublesome lack, in instructing modern paintings, of any unmarried compilation of statements by means of American artists from 1940 to the current.

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