Formats
Anthologies
110
Audio
294
Catalogues
345
Clothing
24
Editions
30
Ephemera
57
Literary
42
Monographs
158
Posters
257
Video
40
Zines
135

Shop > Literary

Out of Stock
#14028

The Critic as Artist: Upon the Importance of Doing Nothing and Discussing Everything

Writer
Oscar Wilde
Date
2019
Publisher
David Zwirner Books
Format
Literary
ISBN
9781644230039
Size
17.8 × 10.8 cm
Length
144 pp
Genre
Criticism, Arts Writing
Description

In The Critic as Artist – arguably the most complete exploration of his aesthetic thinking, and certainly the most entertaining — Oscar Wilde harnesses his famous wit to demolish the supposed boundary between art and criticism.

Subtitled Upon the Importance of Doing Nothing and Discussing Everything, the work takes the form of a leisurely dialogue between two characters – Ernest, who insists upon Wilde’s own belief in art’s freedom from societal mandates and values, and a quizzical Gilbert. With his playwright’s ear for dialogue, Wilde champions idleness and contemplation as prerequisites to artistic cultivation. Beyond the well-known dictum of art for art’s sake, Wilde’s originality lays an argument for the equality of criticism and art. For him, criticism is not subject to the work of art, but can in fact precede it: the artist cannot create without engaging his or her critical faculties first. As Wilde writes: “To the critic, the work of art is simply a suggestion for a new work of his own.”

The field of art and criticism should be open to the free play of the mind, but Wilde plays seriously, even prophetically. Writing in 1891, he foresaw that criticism would have an increasingly important role as the need to make sense of what we see increases with the complexities of modern life. It is only the fine perception and explication of beauty, Wilde suggests, that will allow us to create meaning, joy, empathy and peace out of the chaos of facts and reality.

Introduction by Michael Bracewell.

Softcover, perfect-bound, colour.

  1. The Critic as Artist
 

Related Items

  1. Alighiero e Boetti and Luca Cerizza: Alighiero e Boetti: Mappa
  2. David Maroto: The Artist’s Novel – Part 2: The Fantasy of the Novel
  3. Liz Magor: Subject to Change: Writings and Interviews
  4. Suzanne Hudson and Agnes Martin: Agnes Martin: Night Sea
  5. Ruth Buchanan: Where does my body belong?
  6. Bas Jan Ader and Jan Verwoert: Bas Jan Ader: In Search of the Miraculous
  7. Michael Snow: My Mother’s Collection of Photographs
  8. Michael Asher and Anne Rorimer: Michael Asher: Kunsthalle Bern, 1992
  9. Stephen Wetzel: [PAUSE]
  10. REARVIEWS VOLUME IV
  11. To Spoil the Party, To Set Our Joy Ablaze
  12. Georges Perec and Mara Cologne Wythe-Hall: Wishes
  13. Folio Series: Services Working Group
  14. Folio Series: Institutions by Artists, Volume Two
  15. Specialism
  16. Samuel Roy-Bois: Not a new world, just an old trick
  17. Micah Silver: Figures in Air
  18. Copy This Book: An Artist’s Guide to Copyright
  19. David Mollin and John Reardon: Ch-ch-ch-changes
  20. The Hidden Cameras: Gay Goth Scene
  21. Colin Campbell and Jon Davies: More Voice-Over: Colin Campbell Writings
  22. I See / You Mean
  23. Tom Lloyd: Black Art Notes
  24. AA Bronson’s House of Shame
  25. Andrea Andersson, Tina Campt, and Troy Montes-Michie: Rock of Eye
  26. Olafur Eliasson: Reality Projector
  27. Meschac Gaba
  28. ᕕᐃᑎᕋᐊ  ᒪᒍᓯᐊᓗ / Victoria Mamnguqsualuk and Charles Moore: Keeveeok Awake!
  29. David Shrigley: Goat Music
  30. Shary Boyle: Outside the Palace of Me
  31. Hilma af Klint
  32. Godzilla: Asian American Arts Network 1990-2001
  33. Sarah Sze: Centrifuge
  34. Paul Chan: 2000 Words
  35. Kaari Upson: 2000 Words
  36. Arnaud Gerspacher: The Owls Are Not What They Seem: Artist as Ethologist
  37. Merce Cunningham: Changes
  38. Diane Borsato and Kelsey Oseid: Mushrooming
  39. Tila L. Kellman and Michael Snow: Figuring Redemption: Resighting myself in the art of Michael Snow
  40. Art-Rite