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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Kitsch, using for raw material the debased and academicized simulacra of genuine culture, welcomes and cultivates this insensibility.

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The fact that Humble resorts to a written explanation of the rules only reinforces this idea. Early videogames were created as distractions for university students, or downtime hobbies of scientists and mathematicians. Greenberg sees it as the zenith, but possibly only for the moment. Greenberg’s was a bit confusing to me, I didn’t grasp his thoughts too well.

A final related factor is the natural generational shift of artists, programmers, and academics. Posted by JM Rayner at It resurfaces whenever any new media candidate arises, whether videogames, computers, or the Internet.

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Writing If you are tired of looking at pictures and video, follow this link to essays, articles, and poetry. As the medium matures, game critics and designers are searching for ways to distinguish videogames from the other arts, in order to quell the debate concerning whether videogames can achieve artistic legitimacy.

An Essay on the Limits of Painting and Poetrytrans. Greenberg coined the term Post-Painterly Abstraction to distinguish it greejberg Abstract Expressionismor Painterly Abstractionas Greenberg preferred to call it.

Ironically, in our current socio-cultural context, medium specificity is part of that process of artistic legitimacy, cultural currency, and academic status for videogames—in short, in its formation as a discipline. In particular, he is best remembered for his promotion of the abstract expressionist movement and was greenbefg the first published greeberg to praise the work of painter Jackson Pollock. Most of the artists represented are American, along with several Canadians, and a handful of artists of other nationalities.


Hardesh January 16, — May 7,was an American essayist known mainly as an influential visual art critic closely associated with American Modern art of the midth century.

They are the basic instructions carried out by computers in order to solve problems. It marks a clear distinction from film, poetry, dance, or any other art. They tried to find themselves outside of themselves, and only when they had completely exhausted those options were they able to turn into themselves; they had nowhere else to go.

The first examples of videogames appeared in the s, but their commercial adoption and mainstream recognition did not occur until the mids to early s. But Carroll argues that a medium carries no inherent propensity toward particular forms or uses.

Clement Greenberg

He was associate editor of Commentary from until View my complete profile. Wikiquote has quotations related to: Greenberg’s widow, Janice van Horne, donated his annotated library of exhibition catalogues and publications on artists greebberg Greenberg’s collection to the Portland Art Museum. In the essay “American-Type Painting” Greenberg promoted the work of Abstract Expressionists, among them Jackson PollockWillem de KooningHans HofmannBarnett Newmanand Clyfford Stillas the next stage in Modernist art, arguing that these painters were moving towards greater emphasis on the ‘ flatness ‘ of the picture plane.

Grreenberg argues that the undo emphasis on medium purity greenbberg leads to a neglect of stylistic excellence. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Post-Painterly Abstraction was a term given to a myriad of abstract art that reacted against gestural abstraction of second-generation Abstract Expressionists. Views Read Edit View history. New media want to become new artforms, and medium specificity claims provide an attractive means for this to happen.

Mimicry across forms was lapcoon limitation, he argued, and each medium should only pursue its particular strength. Instead, the rules should always strive for transparency, like a ghost apparatus that structures the play without ever making itself known. Instead, the industry greenbefg alongside its early users, as better hardware, graphics, and sound led to increased realism, sophisticated narrative structures, and adult subject matter. InGreenberg took a series of jobs with the federal government, from Civil Service Lzocoon, to the Veterans’ Administration, and finally to the Appraisers’ Division of the Customs Service in It is true that Greenberg championed a particular style of painting, but careful reading of his essays reveals his understanding of the social contexts within which the arts operate.


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It posited that there were inherent qualities specific to each different artistic medium, and part of the Modernist project involved creating artworks that were more and more ‘about’ their particular medium. On the one hand he maintained that pop art partook of a trend toward “openness and clarity as against the turgidities of second generation Abstract Expressionism.

Apart from the persistent association of games with mindless entertainment, one difficulty plaguing the debate over medium specificity in videogames is their resistance to a single medium categorization. Media Links Use these links to navigate directly to my media subdivisions. The rise of the Romantic era ultimately worsens the confusion of the arts.

Greenberg was portrayed by actor Jeffrey Tambor in the film Pollockabout the life of Jackson Pollock. 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.

Carroll is careful to note that a medium does not want or do anything on its own account; instead, it greenbeeg culture at large and artists specifically that determines how a medium is used.