Your Waterstones card is changing, introducing...
TELL ME MORE
Vienna School Reader: Politics and Art Historical Method in the 1930s - Zone Books (Hardback)
  • Vienna School Reader: Politics and Art Historical Method in the 1930s - Zone Books (Hardback)
zoom

Vienna School Reader: Politics and Art Historical Method in the 1930s - Zone Books (Hardback)

(editor)
£26.95
Hardback 488 Pages / Published: 01/06/2000
  • In stock online
  • Free UK delivery

Usually despatched within 24 hours

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect
This book introduces to an English-language audience the writings of the so-called New Vienna School of art history. In the 1930s Hans Sedlmayr (1896-1984) and Otto Pacht (1902-1988) undertook an ambitious extension of the formalist art historical project of Alois Riegl (1858-1905). Sedlmayr and Pacht began with an aestheticist conception of the autonomy and irreducibility of the artistic process. At the same time they believed they could read entire cultures and worldviews in the work of art. The key to this contextualist alchemy was the concept of "structure," a kind of deep formal property that the work of art shared with the world.Sedlmayr and Pacht's project immediately caught the attention of thinkers like Walter Benjamin who were similarly impatient with traditional empiricist scholarship. But the new project had its dark side. Sedlmayr used art history as a vehicle for a sweeping critique of modernity that soon escalated into nationalist and outright fascist polemic, even while Pacht, a Jew, was forced into exile. Sedlmayr and the whole scholarly project of Strukturanalyse were sharply repudiated by Meyer Schapiro and later Ernst Gombrich.After an introductory essay, the book opens with two selections from Riegl. The next section includes two essays by Sedlmayr, two by Pacht, and one each by Guido Kaschnitz-Weinberg and Fritz Novotny, all dating from the 1930s. The book closes with the divergent responses of Benjamin (1933) and Schapiro (1936). The difference of opinion between these two key voices raises again the question of the legitimacy and effectiveness of the method, and reveals the analogies between the New Vienna School project and the antiempiricist cultural histories of our own time. The book also contains an extensive bibliography.

Publisher: Zone Books
ISBN: 9781890951146
Number of pages: 488
Weight: 885 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 38 mm

You may also be interested in...

Books v. Cigarettes
Added to basket
Notes of a Native Son
Added to basket
The Good Immigrant
Added to basket
The Tipping Point
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
A Room of One's Own
Added to basket
England Your England
Added to basket
Dark Days
Added to basket
£1.00
Paperback
The Lion and the Unicorn
Added to basket
Down and Out in Paris and London
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Fame
Added to basket
£1.00
Paperback
The Doors of Perception
Added to basket
Notes to Self
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Politics and the English Language
Added to basket
The Road to Wigan Pier
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
The Cost of Living
Added to basket
£12.99
Hardback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.