Rosalind Krauss‘s The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths (1985) is the book people either love or love to hate — and always for different reasons.
A landmark book that represents the rise of art theory in the art world, her book, which is a collection of essays, influenced a generation of October-ists (ahem, people who looooove the October journal, which she helped to found) who couldn’t talk about art without comprehensive footnotes and Venn diagrams.
While Krauss’s work has a special place in the heart of sculptors, her thinking about art is always engaging and seems to come from a deep love of art.
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