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MIT4_607F09_lec07 - 4.607 Thinking About Architecture: In...

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4.607 Thinking About Architecture: In History and at Present Instructor: Prof. Mark Jarzombek TA: Ana María León M: 9.30-12:30 LECTURE NOTES: OCTOBER 26 Clement Greenberg, “Avant-garde and Kitsch,” 1939 Modernity and the aesthetics of Modern Art are often linked through the principle of abstraction. But what is abstraction? Greenberg sees abstraction not as pure form in the traditional metaphysical sense, but as a type of aesthetic meditation on the art-of art-making: a “poet’s poet,’ and “artist’s art.” The result may or may not look ‘abstract.’ He calls it “the imitating of imitating,” the “avant-garde’s specialization of itself.” Ultimately, because of the dominance of kitsch, the avant-garde is not the NEW but the “preservation of whatever living culture we have right now.” This means that the purpose of the avant-garde is not necessarily to be avant-garde in the political sense. Greenberg’s article presents a historical legitimation of abstraction as well as a
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