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Clement Greenberg was a famous American art critic and writer that played a role in the promotion of the abstract expressionist art movement and artists like Jackson Pollock.
Born: 16th of January, 1909
Country: USA
Died: 7th of May, 1994

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  • The essence of Modernism lies, as I see it, in the use of characteristic methods of a discipline to criticize the discipline itself, not in order to subvert it but in order to entrench it more firmly in its area of competence.
    Clement Greenberg > Modernism, Discipline, Art Criticism
  • You do most of your talking about the works and try to say why you think Every artist is a law to himself. There's no method.
    Clement Greenberg > Art Criticism, Art Work
  • You like it, that's all, whether it's a landscape or abstract. You like it. It hits you. You don't have to read it. The work of art-sculpture or painting-forces your eye.
    Clement Greenberg > Art Work, Likes, Landscapes, Sculpture, Painting, Abstract
  • Art criticism, I would say, is about the most ungrateful form of "elevated" writing I know of. It may also be one of the most challenging.. if only because so few people have done it well enough to be remembered.. but I'm not sure the challenge is worth it.
    Clement Greenberg > Art Criticism, Writing, Challenges
  • One of the afflictions of art and of taste is the untruth you may tell yourself about the operations of your taste, or let's say, the results of your taste and the untruth you may tell to others. You're told that Raphael was a great painter and you can't see it yourself, but since you've been told it, you've read it everywhere and so forth, you look at a Raphael and you may look at a failed one and say, "well, it's got to be good because Raphael is so famous, the authorities say he's so good." That's one of the worst ways in which to begin or to continue looking at art.
    Clement Greenberg > Likes, Dislike
    , Taste, Art, Famous, Truth, Painter, Good
  • Photographic Realism said, in effect: "we're going to shock you by doing the thing that's been anathema since the mid-l9th century. We're going to stay closer to nature, we're going to stay as close to nature as photography does, and we all know that's awful, and that's precisely why we're going to do it.
    Clement Greenberg > Realism, Nature, Photography, Ugly
  • When photography's good, let me put it that way, it's as good as painting.
    Clement Greenberg > Photography, Good, Painting
  • In visual arts, prodigies don't count. In music and literature, yes, but not in art.
    Clement Greenberg > Art, Writing, Music


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