THE SEARCH FOR MEANING IN MODERN ART BY ALFRED NEUMEYER
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Englewood Cliffs. Prentice-Hall, Inc. 1964. First English Edition. Softcover. Book Condition: Near Fine, slight shelf wear. 144 pp.
This text is an earnest, critical reflection on the direction of art in the mid-twentieth century, in which Neumeyer fiercely defends that "decision[s] can come only from the artist, not the critic." The trends around aesthetically-mediated, psychological representations of internal experience ("the art of today has left behind it the visual world") serve as Neumeyer's context for examining the human condition in contemporary culture. Neumeyer’s investigation into the contemporary idiom itself draws extensively on analyses and reproductions of modern paintings, sculptures, and architecture, redrawing the place where the artist and critic meet to make their meanings of a particular moment in history.
Trans. from the German, Die Kunst in unserer Zeit: Versuch einer Deutung (Stuttgart: Henry Goverts Verlag, 1961), by Ruth Angress.
Foreward by Sir Herbert Read.