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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Formless by Yve-Alain Bois. Rosalind E. Yve-Alain Bois and Rosalind E. Krauss convincingly introduce a new constellation of concepts to our understanding of avant-garde and modernist art practices.
They chart its persistence within a history of modernism that has always repressed it in the interest of privileging Yve-Alain Bois and Rosalind E. They chart its persistence within a history of modernism that has always repressed it in the interest of privileging formal mastery, and they assess its destiny within current artistic production.
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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Formless: A User's Guide. Actually, it's by Bois and Rosalind E. Modern art reassessed thru Bataille. The book borrows the fake-dictionary form used in Bataille's avant-garde journal Documents: half of the entries are by Krauss, half are by Bois.
I like Krauss's way better. Sep 26, Sari added it Shelves: art-school-reading. Jan 17, Lauren Klotz rated it it was amazing. Nov 22, Barry Pierce rated it liked it Shelves: read-in , 20th-century. Used this book a lot in my history of art dissertation, which was based around Bataille's theory of the formless but I applied it to Young British Art.
You really cannot get any better than Bois and Krauss on this subject, even if at some points of this book you wonder whether even they fully understand what Bataille was talking about.
Feb 07, Michael Braithwaite rated it it was ok Recommends it for: The conceited and the brave. Shelves: things-that-make-me-cringe. It's hard enough to understand l'art informel when fucking Bataille talks about it, but it's even more difficult to get it here.
I'm not convinced that Bois himself understands what the formless is. It's definition is everything thing that it is NOT, to the point that the formless seems to in fact be nothing other than a vague impression of the potentiality for some sort of subversion or declassification Jul 15, Garek Druss added it.
Jan 14, Colby rated it really liked it. Mar 16, Egor Sofronov rated it it was amazing. You say tour de force, I say insane, hilarious, seditious. If the authors worked on this some fifteen years, they must have had a lot of fun. Sarah rated it it was amazing Nov 26, Daniel rated it it was amazing Apr 15, Michael Graf rated it it was amazing Sep 07, Marc rated it really liked it Jul 31, Leyla El rated it really liked it Jul 04, Scott Colt rated it it was amazing Apr 01, Melinda Morgenstern rated it really liked it Nov 04, Karl rated it really liked it Oct 19, Apr 28, RJ rated it it was amazing.
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Formless: A User's Guide
Distributed for Zone Books. In a work that will become indispensable to anyone seriously interested in modern art, Yve-Alain Bois and Rosalind Krauss introduce a new constellation of concepts to our understanding of avant-garde and modernist art practices. Formless: A User's Guide constitutes a decisive and dramatic transformation of the study of twentieth-century culture. Although it has been over sixty years since Georges Bataille undertook his philosophical development of the term informe, only in recent years has the idea of the "formless" been deployed in the theorizing and reconfiguring of the field of twentieth-century art. This is partly because that field has most often been crudely set up as a battle between form and content; "formless" constitutes a third term standing outside that opposition, outside the binary thinking that is itself formal. They chart its persistence within a history of modernism that has always repressed it in the interest of privileging formal mastery, and they assess its destiny within current artistic production. In the domain of practice, they analyze it as an operational tool, the structural cunning of which has repeatedly been suppressed in the service of a thematics of art.
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