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Rosalind Krauss


Rosalind Krauss was a critic and contributing editor for Artforum and one of the founders of the quarterly art theory journal October. She has been a highly influential critic and theorist in the post-Abstract Expressionist era. Originally a disciple of the formalist Clement Greenberg, Krauss later became enthralled with newer artistic movements that she believed required a different theoretical approach, which focused less on the aesthetic purity of an art form (prevalent in Greenberg's criticism), and more on aesthetics that captured a theme or historical and/or cultural issue. Krauss still teaches Art History at Columbia University in New York.

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Krauss viewed Abstract Expressionism as a singular movement whose practitioners adhered to strict standards of medium purity and anti-commercialism.
With the arrival of new artistic styles in the 1960 and 70s, Krauss observed a variety of young artists experimenting with radically new perceptions of art and space. In her writing, Krauss placed a particular emphasis on artists who worked in sculpture and artwork that occupied the three dimensional plane.
As a critic and art historian, Krauss celebrated innovative post-AbEx styles as part of a new enlightenment in the history of Modernism; she deemphasized the importance of medium purity in art, and directed her attention toward matters of feminism, post-structuralism and post-minimalism.


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