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Artist as Author – Action and Intent in Late-Modernist American Painting - Chicago Scholarship Online
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Artist as Author: Action and Intent in Late-Modernist American Painting

Christa Noel Robbins


The first extended study of authorship in twentieth-century abstract painting in the US, this book describes how artists and critics used the medium of painting to advance their own claims about the role authorship should play in dictating the value, significance, and social impact of the art object. Beginning with an overview of the history of the “death of the author” thesis, the book shows that, while Roland Barthes didn’t publish his essay of the same name until 1967, there was already a lively discussion at work concerning the stakes of authorship in and around American Modernist painting ... More

Keywords: abstract painting, art criticism, authorship, Death of the Author, modernist art, New York School, painting, Post Painterly Abstraction, Twentieth Century

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Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780226752952
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226753003.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christa Noel Robbins, author
University of Virginia

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