GREENBERG, CLEMENT


GREENBERG, CLEMENT
GREENBERG, CLEMENT (1909–1994), U.S. art critic. After studying at the Art Students League (1924–25) and receiving a B.A. from Syracuse University (1930), Greenberg began contributing articles on art, literature, and politics to the left-wing journal Partisan Review, where he served as editor in 1940–42. Among other venues, his articles appeared in The Nation, a magazine for which he was the regular art critic (1942–49); Contemporary Jewish Record, where he served as managing editor from June 1944 until the final issue in June 1945; and Commentary, where he was associate editor (1945–57). Greenberg was one of the most influential art critics of the 1950s and 1960s. Along with critic harold rosenberg , Greenberg championed Abstract Expressionism. In particular, Greenberg was pivotal in the ascent of Jackson Pollock. After early consideration of social factors in his pivotal Partisan   Review article "Avant-Garde and Kitsch" (1939), Greenberg's formalist and often polemical mode of art analysis mostly ignored contextual considerations, a position largely rejected by subsequent art critics. In addition to writing on Jewish themes and subjects, Greenberg also wrote about or discussed his own Jewish identity. In a 1944 contribution to a symposium on Jewish American literature Greenberg commented that he "has no more of a conscious position towards his Jewish heritage than the average American Jew – which is to say, hardly any." Unconsciously, however, Greenberg believed that "a quality of Jewishness is present in every word I write." Along with his book Art and Culture: Critical Essays (1961), which includes "Avant-Garde and Kitsch," Greenberg wrote the monographs Joan Miró (1948), Matisse (1953), and Hans Hoffman (1961). His collected essays were published in four volumes (1986–93). -BIBLIOGRAPHY: D.B. Kuspit, Clement Greenberg: Art Critic (1979); J. O'Brien (ed.), Clement Greenberg: The Collected Essays and Criticism, 4 vols. (1986–93); F. Rubenfeld, Clement Greenberg: A Life (1997). (Samantha Baskind (2nd ed.)

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

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  • Greenberg, Clement — born Jan. 16, 1909, New York, N.Y., U.S. died May 7, 1994, New York City U.S. art critic. After graduating from Syracuse University, he returned to his native New York City and began writing for such publications as Partisan Review and The Nation …   Universalium

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  • Clement Greenberg — (* 16. Januar 1909 in New York; † 7. Mai 1994 ebenda) war ein US amerikanischer Kunstkritiker. Greenberg wurde ab den späten 1930er bis in die 1970er Jahre eine einflussreiche, wenn nicht gar dominierende Person in der amerikanischen Kunstszene.… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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