Hello,

Our next reading is an essay by Rosalind Krauss, entitled ‘Grids’. It is from her seminal book ‘The Originality of the Avant-garde and Other Modernist Myths’ (1985). ‘Grids’ can be found here:

GRIDS KRAUSS

A useful review of ‘The Originality of the Avant-garde and Other Modernist Myths’, with a discussion of ‘Grids’, can be found below. This might provide some context to Krauss’s broader discussion.

Review of Krauss The Originality of the Avant-garde and Other Modernist Myths (Grids) and Gablik’s ‘Has Modernism Failed’?

The above also reviews (and lambasts) Suzi Gablik’s ‘Has Modernism Failed’. It is worth reading this part of the review also, as Gablik provides another view on art after modernism, and the wider issue of art after the ‘end of art’ generally. It may be a useful counterpoint to Krauss’s work.

The very keen, or those with spare time on their hands, can read this longer excerpt from ‘The Originality of the Avant-garde and Other Modernist Myths’, though it is not required reading. See here:

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I’ll give an overview on Thursday and we will discuss the reading in general.

Enjoy.

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