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The Collected Essays and Criticism, Volume 1: Perceptions and Judgments, 1939-1944


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Clement Greenberg is widely recognized as the most influential and articulate champion of modernism during its American ascendency after World War II, the period largely covered by these highly acclaimed volumes of "The Collected Essays and Criticism". "Volume 3: Affirmations and Refusals" presents Greenberg's writings from the period between 1950 and 1956, while "Volume 4: Modernism with a Vengeance" gathers essays and criticism of the years 1957 to 1969. The 120 works range from little-known pieces originally appearing "Vogue" and "Harper's Bazaar" to such celebrated essays as "The Plight of Our Culture" (1953), "Modernist Painting" (1960), and "Post Painterly Abstraction" (1964). Preserved in their original form, these writings allow readers to witness the development and direction of Greenberg's criticism, from his advocacy of abstract expressionism to his enthusiasm for color-field painting.With the inclusion of critical exchanges between Greenberg and F. R. Leavis, Fairfield Porter, Thomas B. Hess, Herbert Read, Max Kozloff, and Robert Goldwater, these volumes are essential sources in the ongoing debate over modern art.


Collected essays and Criticism, we are at last on our way to having a comprehensive edition of the most important body of art criticism produced by an American writer in this century.

About the Author

Clement Greenberg (1909-1994), champion of abstract expressionism and modernism—of Pollock, Miró, and Matisse—has been esteemed by many as the greatest art critic of the second half of the twentieth century, and possibly the greatest art critic of all time. On radio and in print, Greenberg was the voice of "the new American painting," and a central figure in the postwar cultural history of the United States.

Greenberg first established his reputation writing for the Partisan Review, which he joined as an editor in 1940. He became art critic for The Nation in 1942, and was associate editor of Commentary from 1945 until 1957. His seminal essay, "Avant-Garde and Kitsch" set the terms for the ongoing debate about the relationship of modern high art to popular culture. Though many of his ideas have been challenged, Greenberg has influenced generations of critics, historians, and artists, and he remains influential to this day.

John O’Brian is professor of art history at the University of British Colombia.

Table of Contents


Editorial Note

Introduction by John O'Brian



1. The Beggar's Opera--After Marx: Review of A Penny for the Poor by Bertolt Brecht

2. Avant-Garde and Kitsch



3. Towards a Newer Laocoon

4. An American View


5. The Renaissance of the Little Mag: Review of Accent, Diogens, Experimental Review, Vice Versa, and View

6. Aesthetics as Science: Review of The Structure of Art

7. Bertolt Brecht's Poetry

8. Review of Exhibitions of Joan Miró, Ferdinand Léger, and Wassily Kandinsky

9. Art Chronicle: On Paul Klee (1870-1940)

10. Poetry Continues: Review of New Poems: 1940, edited by Oscar Williams

11. Review of Selected Poems by John Wheelwright

12. Review of Rosa Luxemburg, Her Life and Work by Paul Frölich

13. Venusberg to Nuremberg: Review of Metapolitics by Peter Viereck

14. Review of The Philosophy of Literary Form by Kenneth Burke

15. Review of What Are Years? by Marianne Moore and Selected Poems by George Barker



16. America, America!: Review of The Mind's Geography by George Zabriskie and The Poem of Bunker Hill by Harry Brown

17. Review of Vlaminck by Klaus G. Perls; Paul Klee, edited by Karl Nierendorf; and They Taught Themselves by Sidney Janis

18. Poems: A Note by the Editor

19. Review of Be Angry at the Sun by Robinson Jeffers

20. Review of an Exhibition of André Masson

21. Review of an Exhibition of Darrel Austin

22. Review of the Exhibition 150 Years of American Primitives

23. Helter Skelter: Review of New Directions in Prose and Poetry: 1941, edited by James Laughlin

24. Review of Four Exhibitions of Abstract Art

25. Study in Stieglitz: Review of The Emergence of an American Art by Jerome Mellquist

26. Response to "An Inquiry on Dialectic Materialism"

27. Primitive Painting

28. Review of The Seventh Cross by Anna Seghers

29. Review of Blood for a Stranger by Randall Jarrell; The Second World by R. P. Blackmur; Lyra, edited by Alex Comfort and Robert Greacen; Three New Poets by Roy McFadden; and Ruins and Visions by Stephen Spender

30. Review of Exhibitions of Pavel Tchelitchew, John Flannagan, and Peggy Bacon

31. Review of an Exhibition of Morris Graves

32. The American Color: Review of Currier & Ives by Harry T. Peters

33. Reviews of Exhibitions of Corot, Cézanne, Eilshemius, and Wilfredo Lam

34. Review of a Joint Exhibition of Joseph Cornell and Laurence Vail



35. Review of the Whitney Annual and the Exhibition Artists for Victory

36. Review of an Exhibition of Hananiah Harari

37. Steig's Gallery: Review of The Lonely Ones by William Steig

38. Review of the Exhibition American Sculpture of Our Time

39. Review of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection

40. Pioneer and Philistine: Review of American Pioneer Arts and Artists by Carl W. Dreppard

41. Review of the Exhibition From Paris to the Sea Down the River Seine

42. Review of Exhibitions of William Dean Fausett and Stuart Davis

43. Review of Poems by Stefan George

44. Goose-Step in Tishomingo

45. Review of Mondrian's New York Boogie Woogie and Other New Acquisitions at the Museum of Modern Art

46. Reconsideration of Mondrian's New York Boogie Woogie

47. The Jewish Dickens: Review of The World of Sholom Aleichem by Maurice Samuel

48. Review of Exhibitions of Alexander Calder and Giorgio de Chirico

49. Review of Exhibitions of Van Gogh and the Remarque Collection

50. Review of Exhibitions of Charles Burchfield, Milton Avery, and Eugene Berman

51. Review of Exhibitions of Marc Chagall, Lionel Feininger, and Jackson Pollock

52. Review of Exhibitions of Louis Eilshemius and Nicholas Mocharniuk

53. Seurat, Science, and Art: Review of Georges Seurat by John Rewald

54. Review of an Exhibition of John Marin


55. Review of the Whitney Annual and the Exhibition Romantic Painting in America

56. Review of an Exhibition of André Derain

57. Under Forty: A Symposium on American Literature and the Younger Generation of American Jews

58. Review of Napoleon III by Alberg Guérard

59. The Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors and the Museum of Modern Art

60. Thurber's Creatures: Review of Men, Women and Dogs by James Thurber

61. Letter to the Editor of Politics

62. Obituary of Mondrian

63. Review of Great American Paintings by John Walker and Macgill James

64. War and the Intellectual: Review of War Diary by Jean Malaquais

65. A Victorian Novel

66. Abstract Art

67. Review of an Exhibition of Arnold Friedman

68. Review of Exhibitions of Mark Tobey and Juan Gris

69. Review of The Story of Painting by Thomas Craven

70. Review of Exhibitions of Joan Miró and André Masson

71. Review of a Group Exhibition at the Art of This Century Gallery, and of Exhibitions of Maria Martins and Luis Quintanilla

72. De Profundis: Review of The Bottomless Pit by Gustav Regler

73. A New Installation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a Review of the Exhibition Art in Progress

74. Review of Camille Pissarro: Letters to His Son Lucien, edited by John Rewald

75. Mr. Eliot and Notions of Culture: A Discussion

76. Review of Two Exhibitions of Thomas Eakins

77. Alone: Review of Dangling Man by Saul Bellow

78. Surrealist Painting

79. Review of an Exhibition of José Guadaloupe Posada

80. Review of an Exhibition of Abraham Rattner

81. Context of Impressionism: Review of French Impressionists and Their Contemporaries, prefaced by Edward Alden Jewell

82. Review of an Exhibition of Winslow Homer

83. Review of Art in the Armed Forces and Of Men and Battles by David Fredenthal and Richard Wilcox

84. Review of Exhibitions of William Baziotes and Robert Motherwell 85. Review of an Exhibition of Eugène Delacroix

86. Review of an Exhibition of John Tunnard

87. Review of Leonardo da Vinci by R. Langston Douglas

88. Some Excellent Reproductions: Review of Paul Klee, Drawings by Will Grohmann and Masterpieces of Painting from the National Gallery of Art

89. Review of Two Exhibitions of Marsden Hartley


Chronology to 1949


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O'Brian, John
O'Brian, John
Greenberg, Clement
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