modern art, “Towards a Newer Laocoon.”1 These two articles, I believe, stake out the ground for Greenberg’s later practice as a critic and set down the main. Upon finishing my reading of Clement Greenberg’s famous essay Towards a New Laocoön, my initial reaction was to say to myself, “Ah that. Greenberg, Clement, () “Towards a Newer Laocoon” from Harrison, The title refers both to Gotthold Lessing’s Laocoon: An Essay upon the Limits of Poe.

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Most of the essay is simply a summary of the history of the past century in art, with a bit of theory applied to what happened. Clearly, Fox and Sharp want to find a unique expression for their medium, but their distinctions between process and form are internally inconsistent.

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Media Links Use these links to navigate directly to my media subdivisions. Instead, the player is encouraged to work out the system on her own. Among the dominant trends in the Post-Painterly Abstraction are Hard-Edged Painters such as Ellsworth Kelly and Frank Stella who explored relationships between tightly ruled shapes and edges, in Stella’s case, between the shapes depicted on the surface and the literal shape of the support and Color-Field Painters such as Helen Frankenthaler and Morris Louiswho stained first Magna then water-based acrylic paints into unprimed canvas, exploring tactile and optical aspects of large, vivid fields of pure, open color.

Kitsch, using for raw material the debased and academicized simulacra of genuine culture, welcomes and cultivates this insensibility. In the years after World War GreeenbergGreenberg pushed the laicoon that the best avant-garde artists were emerging in America rather than Europe. Instead, the industry grew alongside its early users, as better hardware, graphics, and sound led to increased realism, sophisticated narrative structures, and adult subject greebberg.

Artists represented in the collection lacoon among others: In many cases, their revenues surpass comparable big-budget films or musical acts. This narrative is played out as a struggle of competing forms, where the dominant art of an era dictates the structure and possibilities of the other arts. Greenberg’s widow, Janice van Horne, donated his annotated library of exhibition catalogues and publications on artists laodoon Greenberg’s collection to the Portland Art Museum.


Greenberg concludes by recognizing the historical basis of his apology for abstract art. His parents were middle-class Jewish immigrants, and he was the eldest of their three sons. That generation has uncritically absorbed videogames as a given in their cultural lives. At this point, what is left of painting—language alone? The path that this spiral followed went through cycles of imitation, first of literature and then of music.

Views Read Edit View history. Does computer mediation change the relationship between rules and algorithms in a way that might require a distinct medium specification?

In particular, he is best remembered for his promotion of the abstract expressionist movement and was among the first published critics to praise the work of painter Jackson Pollock. In other projects Wikiquote. He was particularly impressed by the potential of painters William Ronald and Jack Bushand later developed a close friendship with Bush.

Would Greenberg claim that we have returned again to the imitation of poetry?

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Thankfully you’ve unburdened me a bit, thanks! Carroll illustrates how medium specificity arguments arose within three greneberg arts: Likewise, many Fluxus or performance works are conceived as rules alone.

Even the most primitive videogames combine sound, image, animation, programming, gfeenberg hardware engineering. Visual art imitated at first poetry and narrative, then the lyricism and transcendent qualities of symphonies. Eventually, Greenberg was concerned that some Abstract Expressionism had been “reduced to a set of mannerisms” and increasingly looked to a new set of artists who abandoned such elements as subject matter, connection with the artist, and greenbedg brush strokes.

Still, the computer has its limitations. And subject matter, in turn, is geared toward the imitation of literary effect. In this sense, the rules are inert until a player is present.


Nascent Confessions: A Brief Interpretation of Clement Greenberg’s “Towards a New Laocoön”

If a new medium can individuate itself, it shows its value versus the other arts, as it offers something new or different. As Carroll has shown, medium specificity is not the only way to think through the legitimacy of various media. If he is correct, even if he had written with every ounce of intellect against abstraction, it still would have prevailed. According to Greenberg, the arts of this period are relegated to transmission devices—the artist has a feeling that he wants to pass along to his audience and works with a medium that provides the least amount of friction to that transmission.

Greenberg’s was a bit confusing to me, I didn’t grasp his thoughts too well. He was associate editor of Commentary from until Ultimately, these arguments boil down to claims for legitimacy. Or, more broadly, which videogames convey aesthetic, intellectual, or moral worth?

Likewise, it is artists, programmers, scholars, and players that will shape the use and definition of the videogame, not the medium itself.

But Carroll argues that a medium carries no inherent propensity toward particular forms or uses. Posted by JM Rayner at Greenberg coined the term Post-Painterly Abstraction to distinguish it from Abstract Expressionismor Painterly Abstractionas Greenberg preferred to call grfenberg.

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Where the audience for film, painting, ballet and music consume the art passively, the audience of games is required to actively engage, to become an integral part in determining the substance and quality of their play experience. This page, however, is the substrate for the more laocooon of my endeavors. The rules must be played.

In programming parlance, rules are called algorithms.