Art and Pluralism

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Art and Pluralism

Lawrence Alloway’s Cultural Criticism

Value: Art: Politics, 6


August 3rd, 2012

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Lawrence Alloway (1926–1990) was one of the most influential and widely respected (as well as prolific) art writers of the post-war years. His many books, catalogue essays and reviews manifest the changing paradigms of art away from the formal values of modernism towards the inclusiveness of the visual culture model in the 1950s, through the diversity and excesses of the 1960s, to the politicisation in the wake of 1968 and the Vietnam war, on to postmodern concerns in the 1970s. Alloway was in the right places at the right times. From his central involvement with the Independent Group and the ICA in London in the 1950s, he moved to New York, the new world centre of art, at the beginning of the 1960s. In the early 1970s he became deeply involved with the realist revival and the early feminist movement in art – Sylvia Sleigh, the painter, was his wife – and went on to write extensively about the gallery and art market as a system, examining the critic’s role within this system. Positioning himself against the formalism and exclusivism associated with Clement Greenberg, Alloway was wholeheartedly committed to pluralism and diversity in both art and society. For him, art and criticism were always to be understood within a wider set of cultural, social and political concerns, with the emphasis on democracy, social inclusiveness, and freedom of expression. Art and Pluralism provides a close critical reading of Alloway’s writings, and sets his work and thought within the cultural contexts of the London and New York art worlds from the 1950s through to the early 1980s. It is a fascinating study of one of the most significant art critics of the twentieth century.

1. Thorough and expert account of changes in art and criticism from the 1950s to the 1980s by means of the writings of Lawrence Alloway 2. Critical understanding of the important concept of pluralism and its changing values in art and culture 3. Important analysis of the undervalued period of art and criticism between Modernism and Post-Modernism 4. Crucial analysis of “early” Post-Modern values and assumptions

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Nigel Whiteley was Professor of Visual Arts at the University of Lancaster.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title page4
Copyright page5
Table of Contents8
List of Plates12
Section A: Introduction16
Chapter 118
Chapter 222
Chapter 326
Chapter 429
Section B: Continuum, 1952–196134
Chapter 136
Chapter 240
Chapter 343
Chapter 447
Chapter 553
Chapter 658
Chapter 762
Chapter 865
Chapter 968
Chapter 1071
Chapter 1174
Chapter 1277
Chapter 1387
Chapter 1493
Chapter 1597
Chapter 16101
Chapter 17106
Chapter 18110
Chapter 19114
Chapter 20121
Chapter 21126
Chapter 22130
Chapter 23133
Chapter 24136
Chapter 25140
Chapter 26143
Chapter 27147
Chapter 28153
Chapter 29156
Chapter 30162
Chapter 31169
Chapter 32174
Section C: Abundance, 1961–1971180
Chapter 1182
Chapter 2186
Chapter 3190
Chapter 4192
Chapter 5195
Chapter 6201
Chapter 7204
Chapter 8211
Chapter 9216
Chapter 10222
Chapter 11228
Chapter 12235
Chapter 13238
Chapter 14242
Chapter 15246
Chapter 16252
Chapter 17254
Chapter 18259
Chapter 19263
Chapter 20267
Chapter 21273
Chapter 22278
Chapter 23285
Chapter 24289
Chapter 25294
Chapter 26301
Section D: Alternatives, 1971-1988304
Chapter 1306
Chapter 2311
Chapter 3319
Chapter 4322
Chapter 5328
Chapter 6335
Chapter 7341
Chapter 8349
Chapter 9353
Chapter 10358
Chapter 11363
Chapter 12371
Chapter 13375
Chapter 14379
Chapter 15383
Chapter 16387
Chapter 17391
Chapter 18393
Chapter 19400
Chapter 20407
Chapter 21415
Chapter 22424
Chapter 23428
Chapter 24434
Chapter 25437
Chapter 26441
Section E: Summary and Conclusion446
Chapter 1448
Chapter 2456
Chapter 3462
Chapter 4466
Chapter 5472
Chapter 6479
Chapter 7484
Select bibliography488