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Author Riley, Charles A.
Title The saints of modern art : the ascetic ideal in contemporary painting, sculpture, archietecture, music, dance, literature, and philosophy / Charles A. Riley II.
Imprint Hanover : University Press of New England, 1998.

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Author Riley, Charles A.
Subject Asceticism in art.
Arts, Modern -- 20th century.
Description 1 online resource (xv, 353 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 333-340) and index.
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Contents The ascetic ideal in contemporary painting. The habit of perfection : Piet Mondrian -- The floating world : Joan Miro -- Written in white : Mark Tobey -- Pilgrimage to the sublime : Barnett Newman -- A mind of winter : Jasper Johns -- Instant apotheosis : Robert Mapplethorpe -- The priestess of perfection : Agnes Martin -- Travelling the ellipse : Robert Mangold -- Sense and sensibility : Brice Marden -- The prison house of abstraction : Peter Halley -- Effacing the grid : Nancy Haynes -- White light : Mark Milloff -- Pursuing the line : Theresa Chong. Asceticism and sculpture. The solitude of objects : Alberto Giacometti -- Drawing in air : David Smith -- Caught in the web : Eva Hesse -- An art of meditation : Isamu Noguchi -- Present perfect : Donald Judd -- Virtue like jade : Yu Yu Yang -- The noiseless, patient sculptor : Mark di Suvero.
The art of public withdrawal : Bruce Nauman. Asceticism and architecture. The prophet : Frank Lloyd Wright -- The priest : Mies van der Rohe -- The mandarin : I.M. Pei -- Our glassy essence : a few contemporary architects. Asceticism in music and the dance. The ascetic as dandy : Claude Debussy -- The voice of angels : Olivier Messiaen -- Musician of silence : John Cage -- Complexity and contradiction : Elliott Carter -- The master craftsman : Steve Reich -- The lawmaker : Philip Glass -- The last puritan : Glenn Gould -- Asceticism in the dance -- The taskmaster : George Balanchine -- Silent redemption : Doris Humphrey -- The wizard of solitude : Merce Cunningham -- Our lady of pain : Pina Bausch. Asceticism in literature and philosophy.
The comfortable hermit : Sren Kierkegaard -- Elected silence : Gerard Manley Hopkins -- The poet of purity : Stephane Mallarme -- Delicious recoil : Marcel Proust and Walter Pater -- Sages in the holy fire : W.B. Yeats and T.S. Eliot -- A world of cinders : T.E. Hulme -- The sensible ascetic : William James -- The habit of indifference : Samuel Beckett -- Metaphysics in retreat : Martin Heidegger -- Baroque of the void : Robert Musil -- Corrected out of existence : Thomas Bernhard -- The freedom of nothingness : Jean-Paul Sartre -- Blood on snow : Simone Weil -- An effaced order : Michel Foucault -- The poet as pilgrim : Seamus Heaney -- How perfect is it : Walter Abish.
Summary This suite of brief and lively essays, based largely on interviews and studio visits, explores what Charles A. Riley II calls "one of the most vital (and misunderstood) creative forces in modern art, architecture, music, dance, literature, and philosophy: the pursuit of perfection." Riley examines many contemporary figures who exemplify the ascetic impulse in their work and life. These artists examined through the lens of asceticism, serve as focal points in Riley's consideration of cultural issues such as the role of spirituality in contemporary art, the interaction of Western and Asian traditions, and the relationship between the artists' lives and work.
Note English.
ISBN 9781611681017 (electronic bk.)
1611681014 (electronic bk.)
0585256535 (electronic bk.)
9780585256535 (electronic bk.)
9780874517651
0874517656
0874517656 (cl ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 45731443
Additional Format Print version: Riley, Charles A. Saints of modern art. Hanover : University Press of New England, 1998 0874517656 (DLC) 97043017 (OCoLC)37806210
Table of Contents
 List of Illustrations 
 Preface 
 Introduction: From Gravity to Grace1
IThe Ascetic Ideal in Contemporary Painting23
  The Habit of Perfection / Piet Mondrian26
  The Floating World / Joan Miro36
  Written in White / Mark Tobey47
  Pilgrimage to the Sublime / Barnett Newman53
  A Mind of Winter / Jasper Johns61
  Instant Apotheosis / Robert Mapplethorpe67
  The Priestess of Perfection / Agnes Martin72
  Traveling the Ellipse / Robert Mangold77
  Sense and Sensibility / Brice Marden82
  The Prison House of Abstraction / Peter Halley93
  Effacing the Grid / Nancy Haynes101
  White Light / Mark Milloff104
  Pursuing the Line / Theresa Chong107
IIAsceticism and Sculpture113
  The Solitude of Objects / Alberto Giacometti116
  Drawing in Air / David Smith123
  Caught in the Web / Eva Hesse135
  An Art of Meditation / Isamu Noguchi141
  Present Perfect / Donald Judd147
  Virtue Like Jade / Yu Yu Yang150
  The Noiseless, Patient Sculptor / Mark di Suvero155
  The Art of Public Withdrawal / Bruce Nauman158
IIIAsceticism and Architecture164
  The Prophet / Frank Lloyd Wright165
  The Priest / Mies van der Rohe171
  The Mandarin / I. M. Pei175
  Our Glassy Essence: A Few Contemporary Architects179
IVAsceticism in Music and the Dance182
  The Ascetic as Dandy / Claude Debussy189
  The Voice of Angels / Olivier Messiaen193
  Musician of Silence / John Cage198
  Complexity and Contradiction / Elliott Carter210
  The Master Craftsman / Steve Reich212
  The Lawmaker / Philip Glass218
  The Last Puritan / Glenn Gould226
  Asceticism in the Dance236
  The Taskmaster / George Balanchine239
  Silent Redemption / Doris Humphrey243
  The Wizard of Solitude / Merce Cunningham248
  Our Lady of Pain / Pina Bausch252
VAsceticism in Literature and Philosophy254
  The Comfortable Hermit / Soren Kierkegaard258
  Elected Silence / Gerard Manley Hopkins262
  The Poet of Purity / Stephane Mallarme266
  Delicious Recoil / Marcel Proust, Walter Pater270
  Sages in the Holy Fire / W. B. Yeats, T. S. Eliot273
  A World of Cinders / T. E. Hulme277
  The Sensible Ascetic / William James279
  The Habit of Indifference / Samuel Beckett282
  Metaphysics in Retreat / Martin Heidegger285
  Baroque of the Void / Robert Musil288
  Corrected Out of Existence / Thomas Bernhard292
  The Freedom of Nothingness / Jean-Paul Sartre298
  Blood on Snow / Simone Weil302
  An Effaced Order / Michel Foucault305
  The Poet as Pilgrim / Seamus Heaney307
  How Perfect Is It / Walter Abish312
 Notes321
 Bibliography333
 Index341


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